Mandolins For Sale
5. Miguel Angel Spanish laud (625) @ 250 euros
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Old Spanish Laud, Mandola, Cittern
This is an old 12-string, flat-back Spanish Laud, made in Spain probably mid 20th century, in fair condition. It has the following makers labelů
Empressa Artisana No. 121
Miguel Angel S. L.
46134 Valencia Espana
It has theoriginal finger-board and frets. It has what I think may be a cedar top, in excellent condition, with NO repairs. The fingerboard is level. The back and sides are in good condition. The bridge and tuners are original. The tail is new. It is now playing with a full, rich, ringing sound. It has an easy action
Other than cleaning, I have carried out the following work on this instrument: 1) re-levelled the original frets; and 2) repaired damage to the tail where the tailpiece screws were ripped out; 3) re-enforced a thin tailblock to prevent a re-occurrence; 4) fitted a new tailpiece; 5) fitted a strap button to the heel; and 6) restrung with phosphor bronze strings. (011 015 020w 028w 040w 052w)
This instrument now plays well.
The la˙d (tenor lute) is a plectrum plucked instrument from Spain. It belongs to the cittern family of instruments. It has six double courses ( twelve strings in pairs), similarly to the bandurria, but its neck is longer. Traditionally it is used folk string musical groups, together with the guitar and the bandurria. The origin of the laud (tenor lute) is the modern spanish lute of the XIX century. There are several models, such as the pear-shaped and the Calvete. Like the bandurria, it is tuned in fourths, but 1 octave lower. The strings are tuned in unison pairs, to G#, c#, f#, b, e and a.
Assuming this tuning, middle C should be 4th fret on 6th string.
Various other tunings are possible, such as a 12 string mandola (4 courses of 3), short scale cittern, etc. though this would involve replacing the strings and perhaps the nut. If you play guitar and don't want to learn the traditional tuning, I suggest that you tune these instruments like the guitar at the 3rd fret: GG, CC, FF, BbBb, dd, gg (12th to 1st string).