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February 20, 2012 | Manoel Andrade bandolim; Classifieds "steal"

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We've been watching the price of this amazing instrument from Sao Paulo builder Manoel Andrade drop to a stunning $1500 with case in the Mandolin Cafe Classifeds. The bandolim according to the seller, "has that Choro sound that only a bandolim can produce, but is equally at home in other settings-very suitable as an "all-arounder" mandolin. Loud, resonant, and sweet/complex. It is effortless to play in any position."

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We personally know the seller and his excellent personal taste in equipment. No doubt this instrument would be an excellent tool for the Choro enthusiast, or anyone looking for a quality Brazilian made instrument. The nice thing about a preowned one is the inevitable humidity issues from a transplanted wood instrument have already worked themselves out. This one has been stateside long enough to be proven stable.

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Posted by Ted at February 20, 2012 4:51 AM

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