In the daily "El Imparcial" (Madrid. 1867) February 4, 1873 page 4:
TO THE PLAYERS OF THE BANDURRIA "A LOS TOCADORES DE BANDURRIA"
and other plucked instruments.
Easy and progressive method to play the
Bandurria, Octavilla and the laud-lyre
by a new system that provides
more advantages for execution and brilliance
of all kinds of pieces in these popular
instruments, in a short time and
more easily than by ordinary methods
known until today, by the small
novelty that its author introduces,
Tomás Damas, Spanish guitarist, both
in the way of tuning them, as in the
construction of the Bandurria, which without altering
in no way its current form, according to
explains in the method, gains not only in
softness of touch, but its sounds
It seems like a small harp.
The new laud-lyra has, like the bandurria,
six double strings and it is tuned the same
according to the model of the method, and it is
a surprising effect due to its pretty figure
and special sound timbre. It is built
in the guitar work shop of the accredited craftsman
Antonio Carracedo, Calle del Duque
de Alba, no. 4, Madrid. This method
It is written by music and by number (tablature)
compared to the reach of all levels,
by the Spanish guitarist and teacher
honorary from the Escuela Nacional de
música Tomas Damas.—The price of it
completed work, recorded, with good paper
and color cover, with 4 pages of
large size, it will be 24 rs., and for deliveries
at 40 rs. each. For Overseas and
the foreign destinations 56 rs. the work completed
24 each delivery. The orders,
shipping, to the administrator of the publication
and of the commerce of this area Antonio
Rovira, calle Real de Francia, number, B, in
easy collection letters or in stamps, sending
two more for each copy or delivery that
requested.—To builders who wish a
template of the reformed bandurria,
we will send it by paying 4 rs.
Antonio Carracedo was awarded an Honorable Mention for a very ornate Bandurria and a Guitar entered in 1873.
25 years ago I told all clients when talking about Bandurrias or Lauds in stock, that, even in Granada or Madrid in the 1960-1970's all guitar makers would make these instruments in their workshops, but later, say, 1980, these instruments were made in Valencia only.