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Thread: Testori vs. Testore: Rags to Riches

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    Default Testori vs. Testore: Rags to Riches

    This low-end constructed (appointed) mandolin by Francesco Testori seems excessively overpriced (Euro 2,000 BIN price, no offers accepted): https://www.ebay.com/itm/1920-Mandol...oAAOSwcS1di0JX

    Either by confusion or intent, it looks as if the seller might be associating his decidedly pedestrian mandolin with the prestigious 18th century luthiers of the Testore family, such as Carlo Giuseppe T. and Carlo Antonio T. These days a good Testore violin may fetch up to $100k or even more. What tends to amplify such association is that a native English speaker would pronounce "Testori" and "Testore" very similarly, which is obviously not the case when those two family names are pronounced properly.

    However, the case included in the sale looks OK.
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    Last edited by Peter K; Nov-12-2019 at 7:10am.

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