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    Default Francesco Catania Mandolin

    I'd like to know more about this mandolin. I cleaned it up and put 2 light coats of lacquer on it. I didn't want to loose the patina, but I wanted it to look beautiful again. I believe the body is rosewood and perhaps the neck as well. But not positive about the neck. The tuners may or may not be original since the buttons look too good. I also added a strap pin on the tail piece in place of one of the screws. What can you tell me. Thank you in advance.
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    Default Re: Francesco Catania Mandolin

    That's beautiful, in it's folksy Sicilian way, I love it. The tuners could well be original (see https://vine.co/v/b23MM2pJWzg ), it looks like a number of mandolins I've seen and played from the Catania region, which is where a lot of makers work. Enjoy playing it.

    Is the maker Riccardo Francesco? I've heard that name a few times.

    Also see the label on this page.

    http://www.mandolinluthier.com/neapo...phabetic-2.htm

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    Default Re: Francesco Catania Mandolin

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidKOS View Post
    That's beautiful, in it's folksy Sicilian way, I love it. The tuners could well be original (see https://vine.co/v/b23MM2pJWzg ), it looks like a number of mandolins I've seen and played from the Catania region, which is where a lot of makers work. Enjoy playing it.

    Is the maker Riccardo Francesco? I've heard that name a few times.

    Also see the label on this page.

    http://www.mandolinluthier.com/neapo...phabetic-2.htm
    Thank you for your response to this, I went to your first link and that is the exact label that is in mine. Very similar mandolin, the only difference is the pick guard. From the pictures do you think the neck on mine is made of rosewood? I believe the body is, I just can't tell.

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    Default Re: Francesco Catania Mandolin

    Quote Originally Posted by Bluefeather View Post
    Thank you for your response to this, I went to your first link and that is the exact label that is in mine. Very similar mandolin, the only difference is the pick guard. From the pictures do you think the neck on mine is made of rosewood? I believe the body is, I just can't tell.
    It's possible as there are varied rosewoods, but it may be mahogany.

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