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Rolfe Gerhardt has been building mandolins since the early 1970s. Actually, his instrument building began even earlier, during the folk music era, when he attempted to build a mandolin-banjo by putting a 5-string neck on a "potato-bug" body. That interesting failure encouraged him to find an antique Mandoline-Banjo and copy it in Brazilian rosewood. With the $25. from that first sale, he went on to copy a dulcimer and a lute and then, when he moved from Maine to San Antonio, get involved in American folk and bluegrass instrument repairs in addition to his full-time employment as a minister.
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