Jérôme Thibouville Lamy (JTL)

Concert Violaline (Violin Mandolin) JTL 1900's


Very beautiful and rare example of concert violaline by Jérôme Thibouville Lamy, dated from the beginning of the 20th century (1901-1912).

Patented at the very beginning of the century, the Violaline is a hybrid instrument between the violin and the mandolin. Although the instrument has a shape and construction more reminiscent of the violin, the mechanical head, the 4 choirs and the flat radius of the fingerboard indicate that it is played like a mandolin, that is to say say to the plectrum.

Here is the JTL catalog page dating from 1901 when the patent would have been filed.

(Source: www.luthiers-mirecourt.com)

The violaline was offered at least until 1912 when it still appears in the JTL catalog.

(Source: www.luthiers-mirecourt.com)

So here is a very beautiful model of violaline dating from the beginning of the 20th century in a sumptuous curly maple and in a superb state of conservation and play.

Technical characteristics :

  • Top: Spruce
  • Back: Curly maple
  • Sides: Curly maple 
  • Sleeve : Curly maple
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Width at nut: 27 mm
  • Radius: Flat
  • Frets: 20 frets
  • Scale: 330 mm
  • Profile: D
  • Country of manufacture: France
  • Year: 1900's
  • Finish: Natural, violin varnish
  • Decorations: Violin-type bindings at the edge of the table / Rosette soundholes + Stylized “f” soundholes / Circular white mother-of-pearl touch marks
  • Details: Excellent state of conservation / Some very slight traces of use, normal given its age

Like all our instruments, this mandolin has been completely restored and tuned.

Tuned with a set of light strings from the Fisoma brand, Supersolo model, this mandolin has a pleasant and easy playing feel.

With a delicate sound, rich in harmonics, balanced, with a subtle and soft projection, this mandolin will suit collectors as well as mandolinists, musicians and enthusiasts.

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