white Rozini Studio Brazilian Cavaquinho Cavaco

My New (to me) Rozini

Rozini Electro Acoustic Studio Cavaquinho
White Brazilian Cavaquinho back Rozini
Rozini Estudante Brazilian Cavaquinho Cavaco

My Old Rozini

It has steel string and is currently tuned C~F~A~D

Rozini Studio Cavaco

"Home is the Prodigal..."
Well not quite, this is a different Rozini Cavaco not my old one coming back having been painted white, but I always had a twinge of guilt about letting the old one go so I always keep an eye out for others and think about inviting them, if not actually have a go, (though they don't come up for auction that often and the pre-imported ones from retailers are always pretty expensive compared to the prices from Brazil - thats my excuse so I have a reason for going one day though there will probably be a surfeit of them come Christmas after everyone is back from the world cup and are selling of their souvenirs?) Anyway this one came up, and once again I was the only person who bid! This one is definitely a Studio, the label suggests it was made in 2000 and it has the optional passive pickup fitted as well. There is a chip on the bridge that is a little more worrying that the purely decorative ones on the finish as it kind of eats into where the string is held on, but at the moment its not a problem, other than that its super sweet. It has the same thin neck that the last one had but interestingly the strings seem under a lot less tension that the last one? Once again though, I have no idea what they were meant to be tuned to - It came as roughly B~D~C#~C#? Anyway with a bit of fiddling and experimentation I have given it an F tuning, (C~F~A~D - the top two string are clearly a different diameter and not meant to be the same note) It gives it all a comfortable tension and a nice tone but it will be a bugger to play along with anything! I could possibly go a little higher but I don't fancy it past G and this wouldn't help much to the transposition Same as going lower to E and it would be too slack below that. I love Cavaquinho tuning; really I do