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Thread #28992   Message #2638337
Posted By: Ghirotondo
22-May-09 - 05:30 AM
Thread Name: Bouzouki - What brand is best?
Subject: RE: Bouzouki - What brand is best?
I have an octave mandolin and a bouzouki by Valerio Gorla (from a town near Milan, Italy). Both are cedar top, and the zouk has walnut back and sides, maple neck and ebony fretboard. Paid (each) little more than 1000€ equipped with Fishman Natural II piezo. I am completely satisfied, except for the resonances I seldom have when playing amplified. But you know, piezo have their drawbacks...
I think the price/quality ratio is very good. Also, the person is exquisite, ready to fix any problem on the spot (if time permits).
If you plan a holiday in northern Italy and need a zouk/mandola/mandolin, it is worth a detour, if only to have a look and a try.
Here is his address:
Valerio Gorla
Via Montegrappa, 53
20024 Garbagnate Milanese (MI)