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  1. Re: Identifying bowlback mandolin and question about black inside

    John, I don't have any photos of that old Washburn, but just checking now in Keef's "Washburn" book, in my edition on page 112 there's a tightly cropped view of the cross bracing and he makes note of...
  2. Thread: Oh dear

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    Re: Oh dear

    John, I come from the land of truculent armadillos.

    We used to make headgear out of them when we were kids until the whole leprosy scare cut that out.


    I had to ask my wife for the translation...
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    Re: Help identifying an old bowlback

    Perhaps. But with the glut of corn produced here in the Midwest, it would likely be the other way around.

    Furniture folks in Grand Rapids looking for ways to make corn / soy / sorghum based...
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    Re: Help identifying an old bowlback

    Great post, Nick.

    Hmm. The back of the bowlback on the lower left of your last ad looks very similar to a bowl folks here were trying to determine the provenance of.
    I'll need a little time to...
  5. Re: Identifying bowlback mandolin and question about black inside

    Perhaps even moreso with the thin shaved layers of wood some Italian builders used on the interiors?

    L+H used various lining materials and often none at all.

    The AC mandolin I still have has a...
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    Re: Help identifying an old bowlback

    I've heard that headstock shape referred to as the "open book" which took me a little while to catch on to. Pretty funny.

    It's the classic headstock shape that Vinaccia used for ever and so one...
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    Re: Neck joint on Martin bowlback?

    I'll join this merry band of hijackers.

    Here's a 1929 Stella 12 for posteriority. The web FJ article is from 2014 so the $5500 price tag has gone up a long way into the mentioned 10 large...
  8. Re: Identifying bowlback mandolin and question about black inside

    Thanks, Stephanie...I do enjoy playing bowlbacks (among other mandolins) and have owned perhaps more than I deserve but have learned an enormous amount here at the MC on the long running "Bowlbacks...
  9. Re: Identifying bowlback mandolin and question about black inside

    Yessir! Not too picky at all. It was late and I was wracking my feeble brain.

    I understood these were a batch of instruments L+H inheirited from Indianapolis Regal when they took over (however...
  10. Re: Identifying bowlback mandolin and question about black inside

    Fair play to you, Stephanie, on the aquistion and for the choice of Dogal strings. They will sound great on this. Hopefully, the lighter weight Dolce set.

    Not to be too picky, but this is not...
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    Re: Neck joint on Martin bowlback?

    Nice work, as always, John.

    I had a hunch you would turn up a dovetail joint, as that is what I've found on my Martin bowls.

    Glad you were able to get it sorted out.

    The bridge does look a...
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    Re: 1940's GIBSON f4

    I'm not a drinker, despite my handle here, but one can certainly imagine such a story.

    I'm hoping it would be a good one. True or not doesn't matter.

    I'll play Whisky Before Breakfast over...
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    Re: Howe-Orme mandolin video

    This is an interesting post, Bob, and I, too, wish Rick was still with us to follow up on.

    This same upward neck rotation with subsequent top sinkage north of the soundhole is the source of a...
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    Re: Catania Creation? Very colourful.

    Thanks for including this.

    I own a Cristofaro bowlback, much less ornate than this but with the decidedly bass biased soundhole.

    Calace was also experimenting with soundhole shape and location...
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    Re: bowl back mandolin

    This is so true from my experience.

    I've marveled at just how 3-D the tops are on some of my Italian bowls, between the cross tip curvature and the distinct cant.
    Since I also play carved...
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    Re: Howe-Orme mandolin video

    Bob, there's a 'caption' function you can turn on with YouTube, my students use it, but I admit my Texas twang does result in some odd translations.

    I found this tutorial from UH on how to...
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    Re: Catania Creation? Very colourful.

    If I had to guess, I wouldn't guess Catania / Sicilia.

    Given the fretboard inlay and goofy scratchplate and smoking-gun tailpiece, I think your Centro-Europe proposition is more than likely...
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    Re: Howe-Orme mandolin video

    Thanks, Bob. This is great.

    I look forward to watching.

    I enjoyed Rick's contributions here.

    Mick
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    Re: Ermelinda Silvestri - Needs help!

    Ha!

    John, I can see maybe more than half of you would be interested in tackle this repair.

    I know I would.

    The difference is that I know you would be able to fix it. ;)

    Mick
  20. Re: Your favourite manufacturer offers you a signature model

    This here gent wants one meatball.

    Lots of great versions of this chestnut.

    Here's Ry Cooder's.

    Mick


    Oooh... here's Josh White's delivery.
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    Re: Ermelinda Silvestri - Needs help!

    It's the latter that I was referring to John.

    I was just wondering how much the detached top was contributing to the overall troublesome geometry of the whole instrument and / or whether neck...
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    Re: Can anybody tell me what I have?

    Why am I not surprised...?

    David knows what it's called and you have one. :)

    Mick
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    Re: German style Mandolin

    Fair play to you, Sebastiaan.

    Please keep us in mind and keep us informed on that.

    Sounds like a wonderful idea. Napoli in November, too.


    Mick
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    Re: Vinaccia disection

    Great to see this restored, John.

    Ready for the next 100 years.

    How does it sound?

    Mick
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    Re: bowl back mandolin

    A lot of things are pointing towards Sicilia with this instrument.

    Our friend here, David, refers to these 12 stringed instruments as "Sicilian mandolins" with good reason.


    Those strings look...
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