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    Default Odd old Puglisi mandolin

    NFI and not interested in purchasing it myself, but came across this interesting old mandolin, I wish they had taken a better picture of the entire instrument rather just various oddly angled shots. At first glance I thought it was harp mandolin, but there aren't any additional strings. Link is here



    Would be interesting to hear what it sounds like.

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    Default Re: Odd old Puglisi harp mandolin

    Nice piece, fun to look at . Not for me either.
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    Default Re: Odd old Puglisi harp mandolin

    If Salvador Dali had built mandolins...

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    Not really a harp though. I've always wondered about these.

    That would make a great strap hanger though.
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    Default Re: Odd old Puglisi mandolin

    These turn up from time to time - when auctioned they usually sell at around $200. This one is in better-than-average condition but I'm pretty confident it won't sell at $974

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Not really a harp though. I've always wondered about these.That would make a great strap hanger though.
    Looks like it would almost make the strap

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    Default Re: Odd old Puglisi mandolin

    As my son and I would say; "It's cool, but not almost $1,000 cool."

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    Seen them and played them

    Nice tone...not nice enough to bother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonydxn View Post
    These turn up from time to time - when auctioned they usually sell at around $200. This one is in better-than-average condition but I'm pretty confident it won't sell at $974
    I was going to say that I wish it was going for about $200 - I have a very similar vintage Puglisi bowlback that sounds very good, it would make a nice instrument to play with.

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    Default Re: Odd old Puglisi harp mandolin

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Clausen View Post
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    Missed this when it was first posted.

    That rosewood back is amazing, Bruce.

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    From David: "Seen them and played them

    Nice tone...not nice enough to bother."


    David...did the one you played have that offset soundhole?

    I love Puglisi mandolins (and Sicilian mandolins in general) and this is one of the kookier design features I've seen.

    I've got a Cristofaro bowlback with their classic "D" shaped soundhole...I think to boost the low end, but this one looks aligned to the non-existant hard / drone strings.

    Super strange.

    The Puglisi shop was inventive and often nutty, but they made very good mandolins by and large, so they must have had something on their minds when they came up with this.

    I wonder what that was?


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    Quote Originally Posted by brunello97 View Post
    From David: "Seen them and played them

    Nice tone...not nice enough to bother."


    David...did the one you played have that offset soundhole?
    It was very similar if not exactly like that one. I think the overall body shape was a bit unusual for me as a player, though.

    If I recall it had a decent bass response, maybe due to the larger body size.

    take care, David

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    Default Re: Odd old Puglisi mandolin

    Another one that needs some TLC in the classifieds...

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/189063#189063

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    A bunch of stuff with four strings

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