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  1. Thread: Harmony h35

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    Re: Harmony h35

    As mentioned already, you need to get the instrument playing with all the electrickery working but it is a popular electric mandolin and you can search Reverb for prices although that site tends to...
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    J. Thibouville-Lamy Tenor Guitar-UK

    This old circa 1920s tenor is for sale in the UK and it looks to me that the action is very high. There was a thread here about one branded Jetel and that mentioned the cleats on the back which is...
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    Re: What brand mandolin is this?

    Jim, I thought the bow tie was a giveaway for Aaron! He's an amazing musician, I forwarded some videos of him to a friend who is the guitar tutor at a very famous music school. He wants to invite top...
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    Re: Estate Sale Bowlback

    Jim, I was scanning the posts and I did not mean to misattribute things to you that were not yours. Likewise, I missed the mention by oldhawkeye regarding the tailpiece but I am pleased that earlier...
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    Re: Estate Sale Bowlback

    You have not shown the tailpiece. Judging by the colour on the top, there appears to be a slight change where a cover from the tailpiece might have been for many years. This may be a sperate or...
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    Re: What brand mandolin is this?

    Aaron Weinstein demos his:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8IMOuAHlvQ
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    Re: Old Gibson Mandolin

    It seems Gibson went the extra mile and changed all the screws but I would imagine that the screws in the top of the clamp were last used in the 1920s when Gibson changed to a pickguard bracket...
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    Re: Old Gibson Mandolin

    All those Phillips screws holding the truss rod cover and the tuners look like Gibson screws which further suggest that Gibson did the work. I would imagine that the slot head screws still hold on...
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    Re: Light Crust Doughboys NMC

    I don't think that was Bob Wills as he had been gone a while having started The Playboys in 1933 or early 1934 and the clip is from 1936 but a fabulous piece of film, for sure.
  10. Re: Vintage Two Point Carved Top Mandolin - Looking for informati

    I have seen a set of tuners with many similarities but not the same advertised as 1970s units on eBay but this seller is not always correct with his attributions. Here is the headline:

    Vintage...
  11. Re: Vintage Two Point Carved Top Mandolin - Looking for informati

    Show the tuners as they may help date its era. It appears to have been inspired by Martin archtop two point mandolins. It may be one that has been modified.
  12. Re: Parting out an EM150 ... why would someone DO this?

    "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? (Or eBay sellers ...)"

    ...the shadow knows.
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    Re: Vinaccia Mandolin Information

    This shows a typical Vinaccia headstock of the era.

    https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/16782/lot/16/
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    Re: Hoping someone has seen one of these before

    It's a shame the photos are not bigger and we could see more detail. In motor cycle circles in the UK 50 years ago, it might be described as a "Bitsa". That is one marque's frame or engine (BSA)...
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    Re: Ebay: Kalamazoo mandolin

    Sue, I had a feeling I had seen your Stradolin on Jake's site. It is fabulous!

    https://jakewildwood.blogspot.com/2020/07/1940s-strad-o-lin-fancy-style-archtop.html
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    Re: Is this a Washburn? Or….?

    It may have once been branded like this OS made Victoria featured in Jake Wildwood's site. The logo could easily be erased by time. I think this mandolin is a little older than Jake suggests judging...
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    Re: Beautiful bowlback

    Yes, recessed tuners and fragile headstocks do go together. One would hope it is not serious and an easy fix but that would be revealed once the tuner unit had been removed. Ideally, the seller ought...
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    Re: Beautiful bowlback

    Jim, I think your Favilla Bros suggestion looks to be based on some good evidence. It does have plenty of appeal and will sell, I am sure- although it might take a while.
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    Re: Beautiful bowlback

    Sending that message is a good idea. I see that some of the bridge saddle appears to have broken off- as has part of the bridge.
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    Beautiful bowlback

    The seller mentions that it has some similarities to Marin made bowl backs and the engraved tailpiece cover is also a similar flourish but whether it was made by Martin is up for debate the volute...
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    Re: Help Idenify Bowlback Mandolin

    The shape of the headstock- and the binding of it is reminiscent of some mandolins Regal made circa 1900 but I don't know if it is a Regal build.
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    Re: Help Idenify Bowlback Mandolin

    It would be useful to see the back of the headstock and the bowl as well! The star was a popular motif and was also favoured by various retailers for their instruments.
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    Re: seeking info for B&J Victoria A-type

    It is possible that the fretboard in terms of the fret positions is not accurate- you find that on many old Italian bowl backs which were cheaply made for tourists. You mention the position of the...
  24. Re: A Gibson A3 in the white. In the white — get it?

    I am reminded of that Johnny Mercer song that Rick Nelson had a big hit with back in the early 1960s. The case has a rivet in the compartment lid and that pairs well with this mandolin assuming its...
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    Re: Is this a Depression-era kit mando?

    Someone has messed with it- or modified it with a view to making enhancements.
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