Mandolina G. Puglisi Reale (1890) Catania-SiciliaMandolina de artesania, construida al estilo napolitano, con tapa de pinoabeto y el resto en palosanto. En italia, Catania En la Isla de sicilia. Con incrustaciones de nacar y madera sobre ébano.Fue construida por el padre Giussepe, su constuccion es diferente a las posteriores que construyeron sus hijos a partir de 1906. Todavia no se usaban trastes, sino barras de metal incrustadas en el diapasón. Clavijero original funcionando bien, sin tornillos, unidos los engranajes con remaches. Tiene el golpeador de carey autentico.Aunque tiene numerosos signos de uso su estado es muy bueno y funciona bien con un gran sonido. Ha sido totalmente restaurada. Perfecto funcionamiento!
G Puglisi, Reale & Figli
The Puglisi family has started to build musical instruments in Catania (Sicily) since 1820. Giuseppe(G.) Reale was born in 1852 and was the son of a piano and organ builder. In 1880 he has founded one of the largest Italian factories for manufacturing bowed and plucked string instruments.
After 1906 the firm`s name appears already as “G. Puglisi Reale i Figli(o)”. Figli(o) means “sons” in Italian. The sons are Concetto Puglisi and Michelangelo Puglisi. Michelangelo Puglisi ran the workshop successfully after 1909 and his son Salvatore also played a part in this.
They were active makers of fine violins (mainly), bows, strings, guitars, mandolins and unique cellos. Unfortunately the factory was destroyed during WWII by bombardment in 1943. Although it was rebuilt and some noted instruments were built after this time, many of the original Puglisi family subsequently migrated from Sicily to USA, Canada and Australia.
After Salvatore`s death his son-in-law Buccheri took over the factory. Before he died he gave all the factory tools to Alfredo Privitera, who established the Privitera company in 1962, which makes the instruments like Puglisi used to make. The Privitera factory still exists in Catania and is located on “Via Scuto Costarelli
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