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    Default 1950 - 1960 - Brazilian Tonante (Rei dos Violões) Mandolin

    Here are some pics of a mandolin that I borrowed from a friend and finaly I decide to bought it after 6 months.
    It´s a simple factory model that was built in the late 50´s or begining of 60´s.
    I recorded some videos with it and it sounds nice for a simple and old mandolin.
    If you want to see some videos with it in action you could check my youtube channel

    http://www.youtube.com/MauroPavanelli






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    Default Re: 1950 - 1960 - Brazilian Tonante (Rei dos Violões) Mandolin

    Very nice, Mauro, thanks for posting. Great picking and a nice sounding mandolin. Here is a link to some info on Tonante, for those like me, who could stand to learn more about Brazilian luthiery.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonante

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    Mauro: I hope you don't mind my posting this old bandolim. Perhaps you can identify it.

    I bought it a few months ago. It needs work but it was sold by a store in Rio that is pretty well known, Casa Oliveira. Some said it looked very much like one that Luperce Miranda played. It seems to be well made and different in style from ones made today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Mauro: I hope you don't mind my posting this old bandolim. Perhaps you can identify it.

    I bought it a few months ago. It needs work but it was sold by a store in Rio that is pretty well known, Casa Oliveira. Some said it looked very much like one that Luperce Miranda played. It seems to be well made and different in style from ones made today.
    That´s a beautiful one Jim! I know this store (Casa Oliveira) very well! I went there last week where I tested 2 Gianninis GBSM5. It´s an old music store that was famous in the past for their sheetmusic publications, it´s located at Rua da Carioca - Rio de Janeiro, the street I like to go at my lunch hour.

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    Default Re: 1950 - 1960 - Brazilian Tonante (Rei dos Violões) Mandolin

    Here is a photo of Luperce Miranda. It is hard to tell but he could be playing a similar bandolim. The pickguard actualy looks pretty similar to some Italian made bowlback mandolins by Giovanni DeMeglio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Here is a photo of Luperce Miranda. It is hard to tell but he could be playing a similar bandolim. The pickguard actualy looks pretty similar to some Italian made bowlback mandolins by Giovanni DeMeglio.

    Almost all brazilians Luthiers are originally from Italian families that came to our country at the begining of XIX century (My mother family came from Italy also at that time), so it´s very common to find similarities with some brazilian instruments with those found in Italy, even the big factories here got an Italian name like Giannini, Di Giorgio, Del Veccio, etc.

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