German mandolinist Michael Reichenbach visited LME this month, during his holiday in London. Michael has a wealth of knowledge about the mandolin world, and his comprehensive collection of mandolin methods can be viewed and downloaded here: http://www.mandoisland.de/eng_index.html
The monthly Plucked Ensemble Master Class, run by Travis Finch in London, is proving to be really popular - check it out! To sign up, contact Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interesting background on mandolinist Ferdinand de Cristofaro and this, the oldest known celluloid plectrum, here: http://pickcollecting.presspublisher.us/issue/fall_2009/article/cristofaro-the-oldest-pick
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