Monday, April 18, 2011


My Grandfather, Rudi Oestmann Sr, gave me his mandolin (because I am a guitar player) in 1987. He told me that he had bought it off of a Greek Sailor, and it was made in Brazil. It was also borrowed from me and used on a national TV show in Australia the 1990's. So it has been well traveled. Before he gave it to me he and my dad sang German shanties on it : )

The people at Giannini told me that it was made in 1954 "bandolim-romano 1954"

That's me (Tim) with the mandolin

Here is the ad that Giannini kindly sent me: