Neapolitan style bowl back Mandola by Louis Gerome. Mr. Gerome is reconized as a forerunner in the Frech luthiers
The Mandolae (US and Canada) or tenor mandola (Ireland and UK) is to the mandolin what the viola is to the violin: the four double courses of strings tuned in fifths to the same pitches as the viola (C-G-D-A low-to-high), a fifth lower than a mandolin. The mandola, although now rarer, is the ancestor of the mandolin, the name of which means simply “little mandola”.
In 1892 Louis Gerome goes to work for Mattaincourt in Paris. After a short leaning period he starts his own workshop in Pont-les-Bonfays (Dompaire). His children, René Camille, Georges Louis Isidore, Leon Charles en Louis Marcel al become luthiers. This pretty mandoline was built in their workshop in 1992. She is in excellent condition. Mr. Gerome currenty spends his time as a tour guide in the Museum of Luthiers in Mirecourt. Definately worth a visit!
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