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Where did the mandolin originate?

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The mandolin first originated in Naples, Italy in the 15th century. It was adapted from the lute. The mandolin is an eight-stringed instrument similar to other instruments such as the balalaika, bouzouki, bandolim and the dambura. Musical instrument companies Martin and Gibson sold mandolins starting around 1890 using traveling salesman.

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Where did the mandolin originate?
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The mandolin is a versatile instrument that is currently popular in all types of music, including country, bluegrass, rock, folk, jazz, ethnic and classical. It is a fairly easy instrument to learn and therefore a good instrument for people interested in more traditional instruments. The mandolin enjoys a rich tradition in countries around the world.

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