Tommaso Capocefalo

Tommaso Capocefalo mandolin (Salsedo student) from 1909


Beautiful mandolin made by Tommaso Capocefalo, student of Luigi Salsedo and dated 1909.

An exact copy of a Luigi Salsedo model, this mandolin incorporates the latter's distinctive elements such as the lowered rosette and the elongated 20-fret fingerboard with a cutout before the rosette in particular.

Luigi Salsedo being one of the most respected luthiers in Naples, with his own identity, a fairly limited production, he is directly recognizable.

Here for sale is a beautiful mandolin by Tommaso Capocefalo certainly made in the workshops of Luigi Salsedo, in remarkable condition, completely intact and with a beautiful Neapolitan sound.

Technical characteristics :

  • Top: Spruce
  • Back: 15 rib rosewood
  • Neck: Lacquered rosewood
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Width at nut: 29.5 mm
  • Radius: Flat
  • Frets: 20 frets
  • Scale: 332 mm
  • Profile: Neapolitan
  • Pickguard: Mahogany
  • Country of manufacture: Italy, Naples
  • Year: 1909
  • Finish: Natural
  • Decorations: Key markers in white mother-of-pearl pellets / Netting on the edge of the table and rosette
  • Details: Slight traces of use, normal given its age / Excellent state of conservation / Delivered in its period case (average condition)

Like all our instruments, this mandolin has been carefully tuned. 

So it has very good playing comfort.

With a pretty Neapolitan stamp, a balanced sound, beautiful harmonics, good projection and good sustain, this mandolin will please mandolinists as much as collectors.

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