Louis Panormo, Guitar, c.1832, London

$5,500.00

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Louis Panormo was one of five sons of Vincenzo Trusiano Panormo, an Italian violin maker from Palermo who emigrated to Naples then to Paris, and London. The Panormo family were primarily makers of violin family instruments and guitars, as well as retailers of instruments made by others.

This attractive guitar by Louis Panormo, a precursor of C.F. Martin, shows the maker’s adaptaion of Spanish design features, celebrated in his label: LOUIS PANORMO/ The only Maker of/ Guitars in the Spanish Style / … 46 High Street Bloomsbury/ LONDON/ Guitars of Every Description from 2 to 15 Guineas. The top bracing borrows the Spanish idea of 7 very thin fan braces terminating at the brace below the soundhole. The design of the neck, with a headstock joint that has a long volute and Spanish heel. The back is of solid rosewood and the top is solid spruce. The neck is mahogany and head may be maple. The rosewood fingerboard has a slight radius and runs fully to the soundhole, with 12 frets to the body and 18 overall. Panormo was one of the first makers to utilize machine gears incorporated into a slotted headstock design. The elegant tuners are by Baker with axe-head pearl buttons.

Measurements: total length 940mm, nut width 1-7/8″, scale length 24-3/4″, length of the body 451mm.

Additional information

Weight 25 lbs
Dimensions 48 × 20 × 10 in

Payments

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Pennsylvania is an “Origin” state as regards sales tax obligations. Thus, shipments to PA destinations are subject to the Pennsylvania + Philadelphia sales tax of 8%. Otherwise, for shipments to other states we collect sales tax for instruments as required. We recommend that customers check with their state’s Department of Revenue to learn their obligations for reporting and remitting sales tax.

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Shipping

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We wish everyone could visit the shop, but know that isn’t always feasible. So, while we ship instruments all the time, there are exceptions. We do not ship bows over $1,000., violins or violas over $5,000., or any cellos. These instruments weren’t really built for the rigors of shipping. We prefer to ship guitars in hard shell cases. If a guitar is advertised with a soft case (original or otherwise) and  you need to have it shipped, we can provide a new hard shell case at the cost of the case (these range from about $100. to $200).

Pennsylvania is an “Origin” state as regards sales tax obligations. Thus, shipments to PA destinations are subject to the Pennsylvania + Philadelphia sales tax of 8%.  For shipments to other states we collect sales tax for instruments as required. We recommend that customers check with their state’s Department of Revenue to learn their obligations for reporting and remitting sales tax.

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Returns

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What Does "NEW" Mean

Alongside the cool vintage and antique instruments in the shop we have a healthy collection of carefully selected New instruments. When you see the “NEW” designation for an instrument – as opposed to a particular year — it means we purchased that instrument directly from the manufacturer.  Of course, it might have a serial number from the previous year, or even before that. Also, an instrument can be here at the shop for a little while.  We certainly don’t mind having an instrument with a little time under its belt!

We work with terrific instrument makers who do a wonderful job of setting up their instruments, but we check them out just to be sure. When a NEW instrument comes to the shop, we check to make sure that the setup is comfortable before it’s out for customers to see and try.  We can also customize the setup to accommodate a customer’s preferences.

It is always possible that a NEW instrument will have some signs of human contact.  In fact, it’s not uncommon for faint pick marks to be visible on a pickguard when it arrives at the shop after the final factory inspection.  That tells us that someone at the factory actually checked it! We clean and polish every instrument we are shipping out.  We don’t want you to have someone else’s fingerprints, but you might see the whorl from a polishing cloth on a shiny gloss surface, or faint pick lines on a pickguard.  If you are looking for an instrument that has never left the box, let us know and we’ll see what we can do!