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    Re: Couple of fb marketplace finds

    Looking at the other mandolin, again, the straight cut of the board rules it out as a Harmony Monterey derivative- it must be something from the Stradolin makers. The tuner type might help date it. I...
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    Re: Couple of fb marketplace finds

    The flat top is a Supertone made by Harmony- in 1933 or 1934. The archtop on the left is probably a Stradolin or made by the company that made them and sold by a third party. Some of those Stradolins...
  3. Re: Need help with a bowl back “princess” mandolin

    Here is a fairly old discussion about the removal of a label. Mike Edgerton's suggestion- the seventh comment about using a small piece of towel appears to be a simple and sensible method. He may...
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    Re: Help identifying an estate sale mandolin

    The tuners -made by Kluson have riveted gears which dates the mandolin to the mid to late 1940s.
  5. Re: Need help with a bowl back “princess” mandolin

    It is probably an Oscar Schmidt Stella made in New Jersey and about 100 years old. Show us a photo of the tuners- we can see them a little but more would be useful. It has a "crown" headstock and I...
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    Re: Help dating an Army Navy special

    Yes, buy a copy of Joe Spann's book. The amount of information contained is amazing and you can imagine the effort that went into compiling it and he deserves recognition by way of copy sales on top...
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    Re: Harmony Monterey H410 Rescue

    Here are some photos of the 1934/ 1935 Supertone I was working on. I have actually used a different set of Kluson tunes to those it arrived with- I will sort out a cheapo set for it with time! The...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    We are discussing serious repairs for another Harmony mandolin in the Monterey family right now.

    I saw this mandolin a while back- which has Kluson tuners that are not riveted making it about...
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    Re: Harmony Monterey H410 Rescue

    It was a lucky find that old late 1930s advertisement, Mike. Nice to see how inexpensive tailpieces were back in the late 1930s- I paid $55 for my Supertone mandolin- about what I would expect to pay...
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    Re: Harmony Monterey H410 Rescue

    This thread below from a few years back discusses Monterey mandolins. About the seventh comment there is a post by Mike Edgerton and there is a catalogue page from the mid to late 30s he uploaded....
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    Re: Harmony Monterey H410 Rescue

    Well done! Those oblong plate Waverly tuners suggest it may be very late 30s or early 40s. Harmony got close to Kluson in about 1940- Kluson helped arrange the finance for Harmony's management to buy...
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    Re: Incredibly bizarre old banjo-mandolin

    Interesting tuner plates on what look to be Waverly tuners. I wonder if the plate ends have been modified which if they have, has been done to a fairly intricate shape- certainly, not taking the easy...
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    Re: Nice Looking F4 at Music Folk

    Play those nickel strings to death for a while and then restring the instrument and I hope you will get a major lift when you first start playing with the strings of your choice. I'm glad it has all...
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    Re: Inherited Prestige 8 string - year made?

    If before you string it up, you unscrew a few of those tuner units on one side- two in a row, perhaps, if you find other screw holes, you will know the tuners are replacements. My hunch is that they...
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    Re: Inherited Prestige 8 string - year made?

    I am pretty confident that those are Japanese tuners from the 70s- they are very similar to those on my mandolin that was made in Japan by Ibanez. I don't think it would be possible to confirm the...
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    Re: Inherited Prestige 8 string - year made?

    You need to show photos of the tuners and the back as well- this may help identify where it was made. I have a Japanese made mandolin from the mid-70s with metal tuner buttons. The instrument was...
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    Re: A mystery mandolin on Craigslist

    The tuners look Japanese.
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    Re: Nice Looking F4 at Music Folk

    Well done! It looks superb and I hope it lives up to or exceeds your expectations!
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    Re: Heilp ID my The Gibson Mandolin

    Yes, Sheraton brown came in during 1918 and those tuners were used until about 1922. Also about that time and certainly by1923 and possibly before, Gibson began fitting the truss rod and introduced...
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    Re: Interesting Sound Hole Decoration- Bowlback

    Yes, the cracks have been fixed but they take the edge off the instrument's appeal- but the seller tells us it sounds great and it may be a reasonable buy despite the cracks although it may fail to...
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    Re: Help ID my The Gibson Mandolin

    It seems your photos are invalid for some reason.
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    Re: Interesting Sound Hole Decoration- Bowlback

    Mick, I agree with the word "awesome" for that scratchplate! My order of nations is my opinion of the most likely makers although the sheer elan of the inlay and its design had me thinking Catania-...
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    Interesting Sound Hole Decoration- Bowlback

    Sadly, the top is cracked. I'm not sure where it was made in Europe- Germany, Bohemia or Italy in about 1930 I would guess. It looks to be a good quality instrument with that amazing decoration!
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    I believe that the label probably has AMERICAN MADE (which may be a bare-faced lie- but I think it is American) top and bottom with the brand name in the middle and we can only see one letter. We...
  25. Re: Please Help ID Instrument - Partial Label and Pat 88 Tuning P

    European tuner units- and I think they are European- German, that is, were imported into the USA- especially in the late 19th century. My guess, is that the top word on the label is "American" which...
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