Instruments – Introduction

Through the publication, around 1926, of a musical instrument catalogue describing the instruments manufactured in the Embergher atelier, it is known that Luigi Embergher classified his instruments of the Mandolin family in four groups: Student types-, Orchestra-, Soloist-, and Artistic models. For the mandolin this resulted in:

a. Two Students types, indicated as: the Mandolino da studio – Tipo A and Tipo B.

b. Four Orchestra models, indicated as: the Mandolino per orchestra – N. 1, N. 2, N. 3 and N. 4.

c. Three Soloist models, indicated as: the Mandolino per concertista e solista – N. 5, N. 5-bis and N. 6.

d. Two Artistic models, indicated as: the Mandolino Artistico – N. 7 and 8.

The characteristics of the models are described by Luigi Embergher in his catalogue, originally in Italian and French.

Cover of the catalogue

At the second page Embergher introduces himself through his renounced system of the plectrum played quartet, illustrated with a photo of the instruments of the quartet and himself.



Vienna 1897 – golden medal 1st class

Turin 1898 – golden medal

Paris 1900 – bronze medal

Rome 1903 – regional exhibition – golden medal, and golden medal from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce

Senegal 1904 – Gran Prix

Firenze 1907 – diploma with honourable distinction

Petersburg 1908 – diploma with honour, received from the Tsarina of Russia

Cettigne 1910 – golden medal

Oslo 1925 – honourable diploma with special distinction

Countless are the document writings and certificates by Italian authorities abroad: ministers, consulates, famous musicians and technicians. My concert mandolin is being asked for, used and praised by the best professors and mandolin soloists, even Italians abroad prefer my instruments to be used in the best mandolin circles, finding them to their complete satisfaction.

Third page of the catalogue:

Dear Sir,

I have the honour to present to you this new catalogue of my plectrum instrument factory. Without exaggerating their quality, I can say that after 45 years of experience and meticulous study, I have achieved a powerful, warm tone and a precision in sound which is unequalled, a fingerboard with an easy playability, a unique and elegant design; a complete perfection.

Besides the honourable decorations which I received at authoritative exhibitions I have been praised by press, teachers and musical societies in Italy and abroad, unanimously recognising the superiority of my instruments if compared with those of other factories.

With confidence that you will honour me with numerous commissions,

Yours sincerely, 

Luigi Embergher

Fourth page of the catalogue:


To avoid irregularities and delays in shipping, I kindly ask to use the numbering of the instruments as described in the catalogue and to write the postal address with care. The risks of the goods during their shipment are on the customer; also on his account are the postal charges and packing which will be taken care of with the best possible precision. When damage-insurance during the period of shipment is preferred, one should indicate ‘insured’ on the ordering form.

The costs of packing material per post package are as follows:

Spruce wood box for one mandolin 10 Lire

Spruce wood box for two or three mandolins 15 Lire

Relations unknown to the company need to send in a registered mail with half the amount in advance, after which the product will be send as a C.O.D. (cash on delivery) parcel.

N. B. Because of their size the mandoloncellos cannot be sent as a post package; this is due to the rules for- and limitations on measurements of packages given by the post office.