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Author Topic: Is anyone, or does anyone know anyone who knows anything about old mandolins?  (Read 2919 times)

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Offline lebedagirl

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I have an Italian bowl-back mandolin (very sad, I know!). I got it off eBay years ago and have finally given up hope of ever finding any info on it on google! It says inside: 'Giovanni Crispi & Figli, Construcioni di Mandolini, Systema Speciale, Napoli.' All I want to know really is how old it is - anyone know?

Laura


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Ah, I just realised the topic title doesn't make sense... I meant Does not Is anyone...

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Right...I still can't seem to make any sense of that...er...so: Does anyone know anything about old mandolins or know anyone else who does!! Yay! I think that makes sense...

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Re: Does anyone know old Italian mandolins or someone who does?
« Reply #3 on: Jul 25, 2006, 11:56:46 AM »
I get tons of hits from google, but most are in Italian, and I unfortunately I don't speak Italian.  I know Corien speaks Italian, but I think he is on vacation right now.  I believe there are at least a couple of other forum members who live in Italy, perhaps they might know where to start.

FYI, everytime you reply to a topic you can change the subject, like I did.

Good luck in your search.

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Re: Does anyone know anything about old mandolins?
« Reply #4 on: Jul 25, 2006, 12:11:52 PM »
" 'scusa me, but you see, back in old Napoli, that's amore"

Couldn't resist. :P

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Put up a post on the mandolin cafe, someone there will know of it.

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http://www.mandolincafe.com/

forgot the link.....here it is

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My sister is a member of mandolin cafe, but she won't put a post up because she doesn't want to compromise her 'I play an f-style' image! I'll have to join...

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what a snob.

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lebadagirl tell your sister there's more to the mandolin then that fancy strap holder.  i play a lebada a4. it could well be the best sounding mandolin i've ever ownded!!!!!!!!!!!

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I speak Italian. I'll see what I can come up with. Have you done any search on the internet yourself? I'm not sure it's possible to say how old it is without seeing it. Do you have any pictures? And why is it sad having an Italian bowl back? I bought one in June when I was in Italy in honeymoon. It plays fine.

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Another possible source is Mandolin Brothers, a great music store on Staten Island. They specialize in vintage acoustic instruments, are really nice folks, and an email to them might get you further info or at least some more links. (Their website also has the best descriptions of their stock of any place I've ever seen!) They're at www.mandoweb.com.

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My sister is a member of mandolin cafe, but she won't put a post up because she doesn't want to compromise her 'I play an f-style' image! I'll have to join...
lebadagirl tell your sister there's more to the mandolin then that fancy strap holder.  i play a lebada a4. it could well be the best sounding mandolin i've ever ownded!!!!!!!!!!!

A friend got in a bind and offered me a silly deal on an A-style Rigel, mint,  that I foolishly passed on several years ago.  Killer sounding mando, I kick myself everytime I think about it.  Held it's own with any F-style I ever heard.

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Yeah, those A-bodies can sound great, and usually a lot cheaper than an F-body. BTW, I saw where Rigel just went out of business, so they're sure to start going up in price!

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Bowlbacks are cool too... you can't have too many mandolins! I've got an old Lyon &  Healy that I want to get set up to play. It won't replace my Gibson F-9, A-40, or Flatiron... it will compliment them.

Lebedagirl... if you're at all interested in mandolins you can't go wrong signing on to MandolinCafe. I'm new to this Fiddle Forum but have been on MandolinCafe for several years; you'll find folks there that respect all types of mandos and mando music.

Paul

 




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