Falcate Bracing Mandolin "Padellone"
“Padellone” (big frying pan) is an archtop bluegrass mandolin that takes birth from an experimental idea: that of understanding how much it is possible to push the design limits to obtain the best playability, together with a powerful and rich sound.
Aside from the peculiar aesthetics, this archtop mandolin features several innovative elements:
- Strings proceed in a straight line from the capo to the tuning machines to minimize friction, allowing for a quick and very precise tuning and a better intonation
- The archtop soundboard is carved from solid red spruce wood and features falcate bracing with carbon fiber reinforcement. This bracing style gives it a very powerful sound with the typical bluegrass attack
- The neck features an active trussrod with access from the tail end, avoiding to weaken the headstock which otherwise is one of the most fragile parts of mandolins
- The back is also carved and the geometry and the wood choice allow to obtain vibrational coupling between top and back, giving the tyipical bluegrass sound
- Sides have additional masses that improve the sonud output and allow to “tune” the instrument by modal tuning
In this video of TrioQuarter you can hear the mandolin