Making instruments is a deep and rewarding involvement in music. From choosing and carving the tonewoods to executing details and fine-tuning the setup, I strive to build in musical potential to be unlocked in the hands of skilled players. I draw my inspiration from the classical Italian violinmaking tradition, my training, and personal exploration and study of modern lutherie. I create instruments which are powerfully voiced, yet transparent to the will and skill of the player. I've chosen to honor my maternal grandfather and namesake, Joseph Campanella, a craftsman and mandolinist, with my instruments. Please contact me with any questions or to find out how to acquire your own "little bell".



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Audio Description

In order present my instruments as completely as possible, I've included audio samples of all of the models, with others to be added as they are recorded. The files have been compressed to MP3 at 192kbps (high resolution) for quick loading with minimum of quality loss.


Press Play (>) to hear or pause the selected track, which reset automatically. Try listening to a track while browsing the photos of the featured instrument, for the full experience.

Here, enjoy Mamavig: Jamie Masefield, Guy Mazzaroppi, and Frank Vignola, featuring a 2005 Campanella F-Model mandolin played by Jamie. Also, a solo sample from Jamie and several by myself. Please visit Mamavig to purchase the full-length cd. More audio samples are available on the specific instruments pages. The Audio Index page features all of the music on the site in one place.

Instrument Pages:


F Model Mandolin

A Model Mandolin

Due Model Mandolin

2007 A Mandolin, bluegrass break (JCC)

2005 F Mandolin, Salad and Doughnuts (Mamavig)

2006 F Mandolin, Evening Prayer Blues (JCC)

2005 F Mandolin, Oh Shenandoah (J. Masefield)