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man dough nollij
Aug-14-2008, 3:09am
Here's a novelty-- a mandolin made from a dead armadillo.


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Aug-14-2008, 3:28am
It's better than one made from a live armadillo!

Not too much of a novelty -- I see lots of charangos on the halfshell.

Aug-14-2008, 4:12am
gaak! - what a brute!

i have two charangos of the all-wood variety; sweet, soulful, beautifully made little instruments they are too - like a mandolin tuned in 4ths.

if you feel tempted - CAS is as compelling as MAS - have a look here:


Joel Spaulding
Aug-14-2008, 4:54am
My brother brought a "charango on the half shell" back from Ecuador/Peru - not nearly as nice as Bill's instruments but it is quite a conversation piece. Bill was kind enough to provide me with some Charango tunings which have been communicated to my sibling -Now when my bro dons the Charango during his Machu Pichu slideshow he can at least be 'authentic'.(at least in tuning)

Jim Garber
Aug-14-2008, 9:54am
A friend of mine told me that the best armadillo-backed charangos have shells where the hair continues to grow.

I think that the ones that make it to north America are the all wooden ones for health purposes.

Aug-14-2008, 10:29am
I wonder if the owner of that one posted a response in the thread entitled "what does your mandolin smell like" http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Aug-14-2008, 3:12pm
Years ago, I brought back a charango on the half-shell from a Mexico trip. Cool little instrument, but the top eventually cracked badly, and it would have been cheaper to just get another one than repair it. I think they're a little more prone to top splits than the all-wood versions, since the shell can't move along with the wood soundboard when it inevitably shrinks a little over time. From the side photo in the ad, it looks like this mandodilla has a wooden bowl and the shell is just a decorative cover?

My charango had a little hair at the edges of the plates, but I don't remember it growing out, or stinking up the joint. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Aug-14-2008, 9:23pm
My charango has hair. And ears. Only instrument I have with hair. Or ears.

Jim Garber
Aug-14-2008, 9:32pm
Joe Todaro imports charangos and other SA instruments. I bought one from him years ago and he threw in strings, a case and a couple of method books. Check out his Web site (http://worldfrets.com/charango.html).

Chris Travers
Aug-14-2008, 9:32pm
looks more like a ukulele to me.

Aug-15-2008, 5:07am
if you're really, really interested, here's a virtual tour of the charango museum set up by maestro ernesto cavour ... visions of the wild and wonderful await you:


Aug-15-2008, 9:28am
I got a call last week from a teenager to whom I sold a mandolin last year. It seems that someone ran over her mandolin. She wanted to know if I wanted the tuners and tailpiece. Nothing else was salvageable. Road kill.

Steve Ostrander
Aug-15-2008, 9:47am
Anybody know the best armadillo mandolin for under $100?

Aug-15-2008, 3:18pm
Anybody know the best armadillo mandolin for under $100?
i would advise against buying a "cheapy" armadillo charango - simply because the shell itself - with out support - is extremely fragile and liable to collapse. if you must (absolutely MUST!) have an armadillo charango, i would advise buying from a reputable luthier.

but even there, you may run into "endangered species"- type regulations when importing them from s. america.

if it's novelty you're looking for ... go ahead - but if your interest is musical and want a beautifully made, beautiful sounding instrument, i would say you should spend the $300 (plus) required for a "concert" quality instrument.

for more information, have a look here:


... some luthiers are better than others and there are experienced contributors here who will - at least - give you a better idea of all that's involved.

- bill