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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...
  2. 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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    Re: Is this a Depression-era kit mando?

    Personally, I think your mandolin has been got at. It appears to have had a pickguard stuck on which has been removed or fell off. I think that stuff that was daubed on the fretboard has worn away in...
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    Re: Mandolin Identification Gibson A Oval Hole

    If the number is 1111X(?) then it is a 1918 factory order number according to Spann's Guide To Gibson. This certainly seems reasonable judging by the instrument's look. 11113 is shown as an A model...
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    Re: Mandolin Identification Gibson A Oval Hole

    See if you can see the neck block through the sound hole as the Factory Order Number- if present, will be there and that can provide information on its year of build.
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    Re: Is this a Depression-era kit mando?

    I think the mandolin on the cover of the instruction method judging by the bridge and pickguard is a Stradolin made mandolin but appears to be unbranded. This one has on its cover what looks to be a...
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    Re: Is this a Depression-era kit mando?

    "a fret dress is a process of levelling frets with some type of flat, straight abrasive surface in order to eliminate string buzzing. ... The frets are re-crowned using a fret crowning file and then...
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    Re: Mandolin Identification Gibson A Oval Hole

    I assume it is a Style A and that finish I believe began in 1917. As you have lost the original tuners- it has 1970s Grover units as used by Harmony after Waverly closed- same plate shape but...
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    Epiphone Electric Guitar Mandolin Combo

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/154654445333?hash=item24021f8f15%3Ag%3AHdIAAOSwP2phanfH&LH_ItemCondition=4

    For some reason it reminds me of this mid-air collision which had a happy outcome.

    196912

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    Re: Is this a Depression-era kit mando?

    There was a huge crack in the back and the frets needed dressing- doing this removed some of that crystalline finish and it did not have a bridge. Basically, with a poplar or maple fingerboard this...
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    Re: "Tyrolean Lute Mandolin- 1850s"

    Apparently, the word "eburnated" relates to bone- and its degeneration, so one can assume the word has been misapplied in this case, it seems. It would probably be best to keep it simple and...
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    Re: Is this a Depression-era kit mando?

    I bought this Supertone mandolin for $25 recently and it needed a bit of attention-it has its Harmony date stamp inside but it is illegible. There is a name in pencil on a brace and I think it reads...
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    Re: Is this a Depression-era kit mando?

    It's a Harmony made Supertone from about 1935. This one has its Supertone label inside- and it is the version used in the early 1930s.
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    Re: Early 1900s Gibson Catalogue

    That winning bid of $1,200 as mentioned above, is something else.
  16. Re: Help with new Mandolin - Allieno Di Venaccia?

    Michele Marano. The label states he was a Vinaccia student. Get the lightest gauge strings you can find- GHS do an ultra light set- medium is asking for trouble on an old bowlback. I found this...
  17. Re: Can anyone give me info on this one? Gibson?

    The tuners- made by Kluson show it to be WW2 era. I assume with that bound maple back it is an A-50.

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/146043-1940s-Gibson-A-50
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    Re: Trying to identify

    Probably, Oscar Schmidt circa 1900.
  19. Re: Vega cylinderback with no logo ... made for the trade?

    A Gibson style tailpiece in place of the cloud type.
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    "Tyrolean Lute Mandolin- 1850s"

    Well, maybe and “Tailpiece is newer (20s 30s). Not original. WILL Most Likely SOUND BETTER THAN A GIBSON A Mandolin. ”

    Others may be less optimistic as to its attributes some way down the line. I...
  21. Thread: ebay h1 mandola

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    Re: ebay h1 mandola

    As mentioned above, the 1930s hardware suggests a trip back to Kalamazoo which may be when the possible overspray happened. It makes one wonder what the possible repair may have been.
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    Re: Early 1900s Gibson Catalogue

    The illustrations are probably what is known as scraperboard or scratchboard. You don't see it much these days but it was once commonplace.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scratchboard

    From the...
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    Re: seeking info for B&J Victoria A-type

    I'm not sure, and I cannot see the bridge as well as I would like to- but it is possible the top of the mandolin in question has more of an arch to its top. I know mine is pretty flat (as is the...
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    Early 1900s Gibson Catalogue

    I expect this is not too rare but interesting all the same:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/224633872390?hash=item344d38e006:g:9IwAAOSwsxNhWkea
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    Re: seeking info for B&J Victoria A-type

    Mine and the OP's do not have back binding but the Regal branded example may have it. Certainly, you get detail differences on a basic instrument depending on who was selling it. I believe mine may...
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