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    Reverse Scroll Regal in the UK

    These are not too common in the UK. This one is interesting in the fact that it was imported by Beare & Son and has the words MADE IN USA impressed in the headstock which denotes it was sold in the...
  2. Thread: Gibson F12

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    Re: Gibson F12

    Most auction house sales- except from specialist auctions have risible valuations that are not based on real knowledge. The final bids are made by those with that knowledge and if two or three...
  3. Thread: Gibson F12

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    Re: Gibson F12

    A mid-30s F12 is rare- and presumably extremely rare in the UK- and this one being an import when new. That 5,500 bid would attract a buyer's commission of 22% with VAT on that. That would be 1210...
  4. Thread: Gibson F12

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    Re: Gibson F12

    What did the mandolin sell for at the auction?

    Edit: I see it states 5,500! At first glance the case looks to be American when in fact, it is a high quality British made case- the metalware and...
  5. Re: Ceccherini 10 string mandolin in Belfast, advice needed

    Yes, I'll go so far to play back up guitar with that piece and leave real experts to play the mandolin! John Jorgenson is a great cross picker. He's a serious clarinet and piano player and is amazing...
  6. Re: Ceccherini 10 string mandolin in Belfast, advice needed

    If you buy Jack's book he tells you a bit more- a lot more, history and important mandolin players in the genre. Today, most people just use YT videos not books. The book was pretty advanced at the...
  7. Re: Ceccherini 10 string mandolin in Belfast, advice needed

    I think that using all four fingers may have slowed me down in some respects but it does mean I am not relying on the open strings or being tied to one position. I think your playing style evolves...
  8. Re: Ceccherini 10 string mandolin in Belfast, advice needed

    I use my fourth finger- my mandolin tutor book told me to use it- and I do. However, you will see most players rarely use it except for chords. I tend not to use open strings as I did not want to be...
  9. Re: Ceccherini 10 string mandolin in Belfast, advice needed

    Newtone does do a superlight set of mandolin strings. I buy a lot of strings and found that Strings & Beyond gave me the best possible value for what I wanted when the postage was free- and even when...
  10. Re: Ceccherini 10 string mandolin in Belfast, advice needed

    You are the OP!

    On another matter, somehow when I read your "Original Post" I thought the dip was in the top- which is why I mentioned bracing. Then I saw your photo of the neck and saw what...
  11. Re: Ceccherini 10 string mandolin in Belfast, advice needed

    Personally, as your mandolin is in the process of reanimation, and it needs two sets of strings, for a restring, not forking out too much on strings at this stage is sensible and going to the...
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    Re: Late 30s Deco Supertone/Harmony Flat Top

    I was impressed with the guy's line! I suppose you could say the mandolin is birchtastic! He's selling an electric uke and he has a few choice words on that, too! Personally, I am a sucker for a nice...
  13. Re: Ceccherini 10 string mandolin in Belfast, advice needed

    You probably have already seen this discussion of a more ornate mandolin from the same maker. The general view being that most, possibly all of the maker's output was exported to the UK....
  14. Re: Ceccherini 10 string mandolin in Belfast, advice needed

    If you get it up to pitch with no trauma then that's a good sign. The photo of the neck suggests all is well there ( there may be aa slight bow) and the bowl looks good from what I can see. The...
  15. Re: Ceccherini 10 string mandolin in Belfast, advice needed

    The dip in the top may be caused by a loose or missing brace, and if that is the cause, then it is not a major repair to someone with the necessary skills. I am assuming the mandolin is not tuned to...
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    Late 30s Deco Supertone/Harmony Flat Top

    This mandolin is in pretty good shape. The seller suggests that you are better off buying this than going for the Collings Waterloo mandolin for your vintage sound!
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  17. Re: Old, quite unique flatback. Does anyone know anything about

    I would be surprised if the tuners were replacements because they are unusual and fit the headstock which has an unusual shape. It is possible the units under the plates are not original but the...
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    1890s Nightingale Bowlback

    This is an attractive instrument. There was a short discussion on one here in 2012.
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    Re: Vintage Bowlback ID

    I cannot see the tuners properly but they look German which would concur with the view that this mandolin is most likely European in origin.
  20. Thread: Stewart Mandolin

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    Re: Stewart Mandolin

    As suggested, it might be Canadian made- R S Williams being the best known maker but there were some others over the years. The mandolin is probably late 40s early 50s and has a strong resemblance to...
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    Re: Old Gibson Mandolins in UK

    That F2 looks wonderful!
  22. Re: Can anybody Identify this instrument? No markings

    The tuners appear to be German, so those who have been exploring various European instruments may be on the right trail. As the Philippines was US controlled I would think it more likely that items...
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    Re: Unknown Mandolin Inheritance

    The tuners are engraved Waverly "bell ended" and they tended to be used on reasonably expensive instruments in the late 1920s into the early 1930s- the Gibson A4 mandolins, for example. You see the...
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    Re: Looking for information on a Gibson mandolin

    The number makes it 1924 and the tuners are "arrowhead" and that's the original case. It appears to be a fine example- one of your photos suggests that the strings are at a reasonable height...
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    Re: Looking for information on a Gibson mandolin

    Take some photos of the back of the headstock and the body and shots that show the whole of the front and also the sides. It appears to be a natural finish instrument- possibly a rare A2Z from about...
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