for 'dem 'dats got, there's a beautiful - though pricey - catania mandolin with triple courses up for auction on ebay italia: MANDOLINO CARMELO CATANIA Numero oggetto: 3727283631
the seller is in florence and does not want to send the instrument via the post. if one of you in the good ol' usa (or extra continental) wants to buy it, i will be more than happy to pick it up for you and keep it snug as a porverbial bug at my house till you arrive in sunny italy for that long awaited holiday...
no need to hurry.
ciao - bill