My friend inherited a mandolin - there is no visible inscription but family lore has it that it is about 100 years old and came from Austria. Does anyone know where we could find someone that can help us learn more about this instrument?

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  • It would definitely help to add a sound sample since the way a instrument sounds helps to identify it. Could you record a few chords? – Bebs Jul 23 '19 at 6:48
  • @Bebs No need to identify it: it's a mandolin. The question is, where does this particular instrument come from? The tag is misleading – PiedPiper Jul 24 '19 at 12:26
  • @PiedPiper you are right. Do you have a better tag suggestion? – Floris Jul 24 '19 at 13:10
  • I think a new tag "instruments" is needed for non-identification questions. – PiedPiper Jul 24 '19 at 13:36

This looks like a mixture of Cypriot Laouto and Greek Bouzouki. Both of these instruments have 8 strings in pairs of 2. The shape of the instrument reminds more of the Laouto but the way the strings end at the bottom of the instrument reminds more of the Bouzouki.

I have seen a few guitars from Cyprus with those silver-colored flowers so it could be from Cyprus.

Laouto: Laouto


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    All three instruments are somewhat similar, but the one in the question is definitely a mandolin. – PiedPiper Jul 22 '19 at 18:19
  • The flowers are more mother-of-pearl than silver – Floris Jul 24 '19 at 18:38

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