Roman mandolins in Russia

Roman school of mandolin making was well-known in pre-revolutionary Russia. Luigi Embergher original mandolins were available via Julius Heinrich Zimmermann – the biggest musical instrument dealer in Russia.

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Other dealers also tried to capitalise on popular Roman models. One such dealer was Jacob Rozmyslov from St. Petersburg.  He offered “The best copies of famous Maestro Embergher” in his 1913 catalogue:

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The whole line of Embergher-styled mandolins in distinctive new Embergher shape with recurve line of the body, but with the older Embergher symmetrical style scratchplates. These instruments were unlabelled.


I was lucky to find the best one of this line, the instrument based on Embergher 5 model.

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The instrument turned out to be made by Puglisi Reale & Figli, it has a stamp at the inner side of the top. It has been restored to perfection by Maestro Lorenzo Lippi in Milan in 2016.