Catania Banjo-Mandolin (1965) SOLD!

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This sweet little banjo-mandolin has a big sound that can cut through just about anything that's going on. Made in Sicily in 1965 by one of Django Reinhardt’s favored luthiers, Carmelo Catania, it has held up well to years of playing. There is some finish checking on the wooden resonator from years of dry storage. The inlay work is still lovely and precise although some of the red (plastic) dots have been lost. The nickel-plated bronze pot contributes mighty high and mid tone volume. Frets still have plenty of wear left. All original except replacement bridge. Catania apparently used the same design for many years, as we have seen pictures of similar instruments dated to the 1930s. For some history on the Luthiers associated with Django and a picture of Carmelo with a similar banjolin go to: http://www.paulvernonchester.com/DjangoLuthiers.htm Ships in a non-original slightly oversized mandolin gigbag. SOLD!

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This sweet little banjo-mandolin has a big sound that can cut through just about anything that’s going on. Made in Sicily in 1965 by one of Django Reinhardt’s favored luthiers, Carmelo Catania, it has held up well to years of playing. There is some finish checking on the wooden resonator from years of dry storage. The inlay work is still lovely and precise although some of the red (plastic) dots have been lost. The nickel-plated bronze pot contributes mighty high and mid tone volume. Frets still have plenty of wear left. All original except replacement bridge. Catania apparently used the same design for many years, as we have seen pictures of similar instruments dated to the 1930s. For some history on the Luthiers associated with Django and a picture of Carmelo with a similar banjolin go to: http://www.paulvernonchester.com/DjangoLuthiers.htm Ships in a non-original slightly oversized mandolin gigbag. SOLD!