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    Re: Flower & Groehsl Mandolin- early 1900s- ornate

    I have never heard of any evidence that Larson had employees; and Hartman does not mention any. From what I understand, they were always a two man shop.

    Several things about this mandolin also...
  2. Re: Flower & Groehsl Mandolin- early 1900s- ornate

    I think there is a general consensus here that Mr. Hartman significantly overstated the output of the Larsons in his book, which has then gone on to be often uncritically cited adding to the ongoing...
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    Strad-O-Lin, United and Homenick Bros

    As there are still many questions about who made Strad-O-Lin I thought I'd bring some research I have done into the United guitar Co over here as I think it answers a few questions (and probably...
  4. The Red Wing (K. Mills) by Jefferson Louvat and co

    Don't know if this is posted yet (couldn't find it), but here's a fine international collaboration between some great European mandolin players. Almost all of them featured at Mandolin Mondays, so...
  5. Aaron Weinstein's New Apitius yorkville mandolin

    Hi all,

    I'm so excited by the new mandolin I just received from genius luthier, Oliver Apitius. In my opinion, there is no mandolin that is better suited to Jazz. And it plays like a dream. I...
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    Re: Help to identify vintage mandolin

    You gave me an idea:

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  7. Re: Could anyone give me some info on this mandolin please?

    From the Posting Guidelines:

    Posts dealing in the sale or transfer of tortoise-shell products protected by the 1973 Endangered Species act are not allowed and will be removed. This includes picks...
  8. Re: 1923 A2- To Drill Or Not to Drill? That is the question...

    I am going to have to disagree with some of the posters here. The pickguard you have is Loar era. No, it would not have come on a 1923 like you have. I'm guessing your A2 is from the July batch...
  9. Re: How important is having the original hardshell case?

    Regarding the question of "original cases": Did prewar instruments "come with" a case? Before the 70's or later instruments were nearly always priced separately from the case. That does not mean they...
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    Re: Review: The Iwamoto mandolin #118

    https://youtu.be/eRj3bp2nrH8
  11. Re: 1923 A2- To Drill Or Not to Drill? That is the question...

    Very good info/warning from John Hamlett regarding potential damage tightening the viola clamp. The viola clamps are used on mandolin armrests so more commonly used these days. I made this little...
  12. Re: 1923 A2- To Drill Or Not to Drill? That is the question...

    Just posting to be posting here, I guess...
    If you use the viola-style clamp be aware that those things are intended for instruments with overhanging plate edges (top and back edges). There is no...
  13. Re: 1923 A2- To Drill Or Not to Drill? That is the question...

    Violin size won't work, you need the viola size if they make it.
  14. Re: 1923 A2- To Drill Or Not to Drill? That is the question...

    Here is one I made to replace the missing clamp on my F-4. Paul Fox offers 2 Pickguards with this type of clamp. He lists them on Ebay, they look very nice. ...
  15. Re: 1923 A2- To Drill Or Not to Drill? That is the question...

    You can get a Hill style viola chinrest clamp from www.internationalviolin.com.
    The Hill style clamps work very well, and you don't have to modify the instrument.
    You'll need to make a mounting...
  16. Re: 1923 A2- To Drill Or Not to Drill? That is the question...

    Would it be the end of the world to just forget about putting the pick guard on?
  17. Re: Gibson A2 Pickguard Patent Number Question

    The patent date in question, March 30, 1909 relates to US patent number 916906 and was issued to Lewis A. Williams, curiously it was not assigned to the Gibson Mandolin Guitar Company so perhaps...
  18. Re: Gibson A2 Pickguard Patent Number Question

    I believe right after the Loar era-late 20's.
  19. Re: Another Mystery Bowlback (to test your patience)

    Nick: you link to a general Google search for "carmelo catania butterfly mandolin" with loads of photos. I looked for the image and I think this is it:

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    Re: Is this a real Larson?

    Link worked for me Nick. Try this one.

    Interesting discussion, while this page is mostly focussed on guitars which seem a bit more characteristcially definable.
    I enjoy the discussions of...
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    Re: Is this a real Larson?

    NickR: I am not sure why those uploads didn't take but I re-uploaded and added a few more. I hadn't played that one for awhile and I want to put some time into it. I would raise the nut and the...
  22. Thread: Reid & co

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    Re: Reid & co

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    Re: Lyon & Healy Style C

    Please allow for reviving this thread. I just got my L&H Style C back from a friend who refretted it and levelled the finger board. Looks like the finger board is a replacement, as there is no sign...
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    Re: Kel Kroydon KK20. Early 30s

    Hey, Boys and Girls: here are some of the Kel Kroydon toys (along with a Kalamazoo Playthings Company ad):
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    Luthier Paul Hostetter has passed away

    It is with great sadness that I bring the news that luthier and Cafe member Paul Hostetter has passed away.

    Paul's well known site www.lutherie.net has helped many of us repair and understand the...
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