Made in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, during the Cold War era. "Orfej" means Orpheus, the poet and musician of Greek myth. The Cyrillic text on the pickup simply reads "Orfej, Plovdiv." Note, however, the Roman text on the headstock of the later instrument below...an attempt at international marketing?
     Only the finest mother-of-toilet-seat was used for these instruments…actually, they were of poor quality, mass produced, very cheap, and distributed throughout the Communist bloc in the 1970s. Still, it's good to know that not even the Iron Curtain could keep out electric mandolins.