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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    The maker, Di Giorgio is still alive and well (as a business, of course) in Brazil. Not sure if the modern one has a connection to the original one in question, but quite possibly. I had a Di Giorgio...
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    Isn't it a version of what's called a "baroque mandolin"?
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    Re: Vintage Russian mandolin

    I'll sit down and write a post on Russian mandolins one day. There were many factories in the USSR that made ones. I have lots of photos in my files.
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    Re: Creatore di ... Melodie bowlback label

    Hi Jim. I am positive it is the word Catania at the bottom of the label
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    Creatore di ... Melodie bowlback label

    Hi. Just spotted a bowlback wreck with an interesting label. Creatore di ..(Dolce?).. Melodie, Catania. Premiato Stabilimento di Strumenti Musicale.

    Does anyone has a photo of an intact label...
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    Re: Any idea what this is?

    Reminds a Czech-made Cremona to me. Possibly customized by someone creative.
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    Beautiful 1910 Raffaele Calace 16 Bis. Just listed in the Classifieds. Here for posterity.

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    New Doff Bowlback mandolin from Russia

    FYI. Doff guitars just released their bowlback mandolin in Russia and offer it for US$300.00 inclusive of delivery anywhere in the world (NFI). They have a workshop in St. Petersburg and do make...
  9. Re: 1963 Pasquale Pecoraro Roman Embergher-Style Bowlback Mandoli

    I nearly bought that Pecoraro (boutiki) a year ago. FYI the owner was fairly negotiable on price. But had to spend funds on something else in the end. It looks like a fine Embergher-like instrument....
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    Re: Stridente- a good first bowl?

    Stridente made pretty good instruments, but the catch is whether the instrument is playable and is problems-free. Far too often old instruments develop numerous problems over the years and are...
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    Re: German Mandolin id please

    Most, if not all, German mandolins were made in Saxony, in the town of Markneukirchen, in particular. There were several large factories along with smaller type artisan makers. They made thousands of...
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    Re: Vintage Russian?

    I grew up in the USSR and have vivid recollections of the 1970's and 80's. It wasn't all too bad, although, of course, many bad things were going on. But everyone knew that real life had very little...
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    Re: Orpheus

    Japan it is. Someone has certainly been creative making a replacement bridge and bolting it to the top (at the wrong side of the cant, too), which is not a strong selling point, I am afraid.
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    Re: Vintage Russian?

    It is a Lunacharsky factory mandolin from Leningrad. The top sticker's numbers is not a model number, but referral to the State Standards Code Book reference number which ends in 60, which is the...
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    Re: Kiso Suzuki MR-150

    If it is playable and in good condition $80.00 sounds like a very good deal
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    Re: Is this a mandolin??

    Nice Gambuz document, Southern Man, thanks. Pandolin is the closest from all the pics there, which is - surprise, surprise, - as the name suggests, a version of a mandolin.
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    Re: Is this a mandolin??

    "It scale around 16inch / 408mm"

    Sounds like a mandola then.

    There were unusual mandolin family instruments made in Turkey and the surrounds, I'd look that way for more info. May I ask where is...
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    Re: Is this a mandolin??

    Could well be a kind of mandolin with an ethnic flair. 4 courses of strings with just one for the bass pair. Why not, actually? What is the scale and overall size of the instrument?
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    Re: Made by Giovanni Marino de Tulio 1896

    Certainly a very nice Italian-looking instrument. But it also has a bit of American flair to me. Label in English and American-looking flowerpot on a headstock. Anyone noticed? I haven't seen a...
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    Re: Mandolin Oddities

    The idea lives on: Grand concert mandolin by Brian Dean:
    https://reverb.com/item/5964228-grand-concert-mandolin-by-brian-dean
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    Re: Help me identify this bowlback please!

    Talking of "Cassari" I've seen a recent ad in the Italian classifieds of a known modern Italian luthier looking to outsource someone to do just the fluted mandolin bodies for his shop.
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    Re: Kerman Mandolin copy by Mintu Biswas

    Avi Avital and many other Israeli mandolinists play instruments by Arik Kerman. They made him famous. It became a feature of Israeli school of mandolin playing. The instruments are double top and...
  23. Re: what did I just buy? I think its a Mandola

    Either made in Germany or in Catania. Many Catanese makers made flatbacks similar to this one, too. They were advertised as "Portuguese mandolins".
  24. Re: Differences between Antonio Vinaccia and Pasquale Vinaccia?

    Well, nothing prevents you to try Aquila. I haven't tried those myself, but some people have and the reports were positive. But Pasquale's instruments were designed for steel strings, of course.
  25. Re: Could someone help me identify this old bowl back?

    Catania is probably the place. I have one by Puglisi in my files with the similar scratch plate style. Puglisi sometimes made instruments for the dealers without their own label inside. But they...
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