Re: Does anybody know about this mandolin?
Martin, I'm going to go with Italian, with a bet on Sicilian to be more specific. The headstock shape, tuners, neck splice, rw fingerboard, 'Sienese' binding and ovoid, beveled fb end all seem very Cantanese to me. The one-piece flat back is not uncommon either. No doubt you are right, Lkw-Ladungen von diesen probably went north and cross pollinated with the Markneukirchen folks. My hunch is that some of these Sicilian mandolins might even have been 'finished' in other shops, just as Sicilian grapes mysteriously found their way into all kinds of Chiantis, etc. over the years.
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