I have asked here before and not got very far, but I am trying to find out what is known about the Bucolo family.
There is a Bucolo guitar listed here which has the Symphonia label, and I know several luthiers made guitars labelled with retailers names (Symphonia, Beuscher etc) but there was another guitar for sale here recently that was listed as made by Horace Bucolo supposedly in Paris but it had
the 'Bucolo Made in Italy' label.
Here is the link;
Was this label normal for Horace Bucolo instruments?
I have recently been offered a very nice mandolin with the same label, does this mean it was made by Horace Bucolo?
I also have a guitar with the label inside 'P. Bucolo - Catania' and have seen others like this, usually a lot cheaper than those credited to Horace. I know there was a Bucolo family active in Catania, which is where Horace also came from, so, are they related, Horace and P. Bucolo?
And if Horace was active in Paris, why does the label say Made in Italy?
I had read somewhere that Symphonia was an Italian retailer, and applying a 'Made in Italy' label was a trick to avoid import tariffs on guitars made in France, is this the case here?
A general Google search showed no mention of mandolins by either Bucolo, which as they were from Catania seems strange, so this one would seem to be quite rare.
Any info, or leads would be appreciated.