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Luthiers supplies for Irish bouzouki.

The Irish bouzouki (or octave mandolin or cittern) is a hybrid instrument that has evolved over the past 25 or so years. The precise history of the instrument is somewhat lost in folklore, but sometime in the late 60s some Irish musicians ended up with a Greek bouzouki, and found that it sounded rather good as a backing instrument for Irish songs and dance music. As anyone who has ever played one knows, the bowl back of the Greek instrument makes it quite hard to play standing up, and someone came up with the idea of building them with a flat back. So the Irish bouzouki was born.