Name: Bandolin.
Type: Lute > Chordophone.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Luthier: Jorge Eduardos Campos Vela Otovalo, Ecuador.
Manufacture Date: 1992-02-05.
Country: Ecuador.
Region: Andes & South America.
Specimen: 1 in collection.
Acquisition Source: Rufus Guitars, Kitsilano, Vancouver B.C.
Acquisition Date: 1998.

Description: The bandolin is a 15-string triple course relative to the Bandurria. The bandolin is played during the feasts of San Juan and San Pedro often in the accompaniment of other instruments in a ensemble. These ensembles featuring the bandolin as a lead instrument are accompanied by two quenas, rondador, charango, guitar, bombo and other instruments. The San-Juanito rhythm as played per repertoire is marked in 2/4 [two over four] tempo.

E A D F# B
E A D G# B

Construction: Each course is arranged in a group of three, the top E, A, D strings are arranged in a group of three; two plain, one wound strings. The bottom F# and B strings are triple courses of plain strings.