TheLiuto Cantabileis a ten-stringedmandoloncello.

The instrument belonged to the mandolin family that instead of being strung with 4 double strings tuned like thevioloncello, was given an extra highest string pair. The tuning of the liuto cantabile (orliuto modernoas it was also named) was: CC-GG-dd-aa-e'e'. This bass variant of the Mandolin family was created by the famous Neapolitan luthiers of theVinacciafamily in the late 19th Century and perfected byRaffaele Calace. It was mainly used a bass instrument in the Classicalmandolinquartet (Mandolin I and II, Mandoliola/mandola and Liuto cantabile).

A number of solo works was written for it, though eventually it was replaced by the regular mandocello. It is however, still being used.

Calace Liuto Cantabile Fret Scale: 61 cm (24")