Tamburica are a varied lot. Eastern and Central European music are very foreign territories to much of present day, Northern Minnesota. However, not far past, there were a good number of immigrants from that region who settled here. While much of their culture has been absorbed or transfigured, the musical instruments they brought with them still linger in attics, sheds and basements. Yesterday, one of them made an appearance in my shop.

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I am still not certain of this little, long-necked lute’s exact name, but am sure of its place in the Tamburica orchestra.

Label

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Staggered frets

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Face

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Headstock and beautiful tuners

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Regluing seams and inlaid wood.

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