Dating antique vega mandolin
Originally heads were made of skin and varied in diameter to as small as five inches.
Larger heads were favored, however, as they were louder, and thus more audible in band settings.
The movable bridge stands on a resonant banjo-like head typically 10 inches in diameter and currently usually made of plastic.
In France and England, the Banjoline was an open-backed instrument, and the mandoline-banjo was a closed back instrument (with a metallic back that made a "tinny" metallic sound.
During the Hawaiian music craze of the early 20th century, instrument makers tried to capitalize on the widespread desire to learn an instrument.
The Morgan Monroe banjos look like traditional mandolin-banjos and have wooden resonators. Most instruction books concentrate on either the mandolin or the banjo.
Mandolinists need more than just mandolin method because the physical differences between the two types of instruments creates problems to a novice learning to set up and tune the instrument.Makers of zithers applied the names of known instruments to their zithers as a theme.