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A Bowl of Bula with Mark O’Connor on the Mandolin

Here is Mark O’Connor doing one of his best pieces on the mandpolin.

One of Mark O’Connor’s mandolin signature pieces! “A Bowl of Bula” Mark O’Connor’s mandolin playing in this video from 1991 features the deft dexterity of both hands and powerfully loud strumming. O’Connor wrote this mandolin piece in 1984 while in Figi. To hear a group version of this song, link here to a 1987 video. www.youtube.com O’Connor became the World Mandolin Champion in Kerrville, TX as a teenager in 1982. Mark plays violin exclusively as of 1997, giving way to a bursitis and tendonitis condition in his right arm that would not allow him to play the mandolin or guitar any further at his top form. But the condition allows Mark’s violin bow arm technique to operate free from injury, with no hindrance. www.markoconnor.com http twitter.com www.facebook.com

1964 Fender Mandolin 00567

www.frettedamericana.com This 10-inch-wide electric mandolin weighs just 3.40 lbs. and has a nut width of 1 1/8 inches and a scale length of 13 3/4 inches. Solid alder body, one-piece deep “V”-shape maple neck, and veneer rosewood fretboard with 24 frets and clay dot position markers. Single “butterfly” string tree on 1st and 2nd strings. Headstock decal with Fender “spaghetti” logo in gold with black trim. “Original Contour Body Pat. Pend.” decal on the ball end of the headstock. Closed-back “single-line” Kluson Deluxe strip tuners with white plastic oval buttons. Four-bolt neck plate with serial number (“02714”) between the top two screws. One oblong single-coil pickup with transparent reddish-brown plastic cover and four concealed polepieces with an output of 4.98k. Celluloid tortoiseshell over three-layer (white/black/white) plastic pickguard with nine screws. Two controls (one volume, one tone) and jack socket, all on lower treble side of the pickguard. Telecaster-type chrome knobs with flat tops and knurled sides. Combined “micro-adjustable” (threaded) two-saddle bridge/tailpiece. With the original chrome bridge cover. The neck is stamped “JUL 64” and the pots are stamped “304 6422” (Stackpole June 1964). This instrument is in near mint (9.25) and totally original condition, with just a few barely noticeable surface marks on the body. Housed in the original Fender cream Tolex hardshell case with black leather ends and orange plush lining (9.00). Together with the