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    Default Very strange looking mandolin on eBay Italy

    https://www.ebay.it/itm/Mandolino/12...YAAOSw~15eVj8r

    Over the years on eBay we all have seen a number of diverse string/plucked musical instruments being mistakenly identified as "mandolins". However, the above mandolin ad from Italy takes the cake in that regard.

    One good thing about it though is that I do not think that "mandolin" requires much work to make I playable.
    The other good thing is that it comes with a bow, just for those times when one gets tired of plucking.

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    Default Re: Very strange looking mandolin on eBay Italy

    Apparently, Marco Polo brought that back from his travels to China. Despite its archeological value, there must be a reason for the bargain price...

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    Default Re: Very strange looking mandolin on eBay Italy

    That's a Balkan folk fiddle called a gusle.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gusle

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    Default Re: Very strange looking mandolin on eBay Italy

    Thanks for that, David. Very interesting!
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    Default Re: Very strange looking mandolin on eBay Italy

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidKOS View Post
    That's a Balkan folk fiddle called a gusle.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gusle
    Bravo cumpa, stu strumentu si chiama "gusle", and it is used mainly for performance of Balkan blue grass music, such as in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YmEMKiGZhk

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