Duo Pizzicato

A New Mandolin

There's nothing more exciting than buying a new mandolin. I keep telling myself I'll kick the habit, but then one comes along that I can't resist. This is what's known as Mandolin Acquisition Syndrome (or MAS) in the mandolin world. My latest is a 1920s round bodied instrument made by Rafaele Tieri in New York City.. I've been looking for one of these for a long time and finally found one in excellent shape. This one has a trippy flange with progressively larger sound holes. I don't know much about Tieri except that his instruments are extremely loud, yet pleasingly woody and that he was a neighbor of D'Angelico in NY. I'll be playing it next week at the Liberty Cafe Wine Bar. Come and hear the sound of a vintage instrument playing vintage music by an increasingly vintage musician.