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    It is absolutely great that you are sharing the artistry of these wonderful mandolin players from the past. Gino and I were instrumental in providing a lot of information and photos to Sheri for her book. It took many hours but was well worth it. Gino was always full of stories about the Andrini's and was so proud to have played with them. Fred Andrini, the oldest brother, played in Aurora as well as Silver Strings for many years and we spent a lot of time with him until his death, when he was well into his nineties.
    I believe the sessions at Nick's house was around the 50s and 60s. Thanks again Bill. Let me know if I can help any further.
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    Thanks, Jo. I read Sheri's book quite awhile before I acquired these tapes, so I knew about Gino Pelligrini but of course had never heard him play. Listening to these tapes makes me understand what an outstanding player he was. He's now one of my mandolin heroes.

    I will eventually get around to posting some of his tracks too.

    I look forward to hearing the Aurora Mandolin Orchestra at the San Francisco Festival of the Mandolins soon!

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    Hey Bill,
    Unknown Track #2 is "Andalucia" also known as "Breeze and I." I tried to post that on Soundcloud but not sure it embedded or not.

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    Thanks, Bill! Great resource.

    Cool photo of Lawrence and Nick, too. From other photos I've seen of him, that mandolin he's holding seems to have been a regular for him. Do you know anything about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Kotapish View Post
    Thanks, Bill! Great resource.

    Cool photo of Lawrence and Nick, too. From other photos I've seen of him, that mandolin he's holding seems to have been a regular for him. Do you know anything about it?

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    Yes, that was his Calace mandolira (I seem to recall it being 1904 or 1906). To make it easier to perform while standing, he had the bowl cut off so the back was flat; and a big hole made in the soundboard to accomodate a D'Armond pickup! Brother Fred said they were so mad at him after he did that, that they wouldn't talk to him for weeks. Amazingly, it still sounds great, even after all that butchering.

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    Hi Matt!

    I just stumbled across this thread--what a thrill. And thanks for posting those beautiful pictures, they bring the Andrini's to life for me.

    Be sure to contact me next time you are here in Grass Valley, I'd love to visit.

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    Hi Bill: This summer I was inspired to reproduce "The Silent Fountain" as a homage to our friends Gino and Matteo and to my Italian ancestry. I've recorded all the tunes on Gino and Matteo's LP in my home studio, playing both the guitar and mandolin parts. Today I finished recording the last tune. The recordings are very clean and naturally all the instruments are perfectly separated because I overdubbed all the parts. Now I need to decide what to do with these recordings. I'm considering adding a bass, but so far it is just guitars and mandolins with harmonies of course. I'll send you a sample or two. Phil Lawrence

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    Looking at my LP, there was only one mandolin (and I assume one track). Tom Marion played mandola and mandocello.
    Without going to the source files (probably long ago destroyed), I'm not sure how this "over-dubbing" (?) will improve on
    what was originally recorded but I will keep an open mind. Thanks, Sheri

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