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    Re: New Harwood To Identify

    It is quite intriguing- I have a mandolin sold by Harwood and it is clearly a Regal made instrument. I have to admit that this mandolin is a mystery but I trust others will be able to help. I think...
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    Re: Bowlback, US Made? Interesting

    I think your observation about the tuners is correct. They probably are late 1920s worm over brass plate units that have replaced an earlier set that were matched with those plates on the front of...
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    Bowlback, US Made? Interesting

    I don't think this was a very expensive mandolin judging by the number of ribs. It does have some interesting features- the tailpiece and tuners. I am not going to speculate on the maker as I can't...
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    Re: Do You Have Too Many Instruments?

    That was an interesting article by John Bernunzio. I read somewhere that Reuben began collecting electric motors- I think his father was an electrical engineer- before he became a pirate!...
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    Re: Gator Deluxe ABS Molded Case

    I have a couple- they do the job. Mine I got used- so they did not cost too much. I think the latches are a bit on the cheap side and could be better but as an inexpensive case, I think they are okay...
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    Do You Have Too Many Instruments?

    It depends on who you use for comparison. One of my friends recently bought quite a few Victorian guitar tuning machines from someone who had acquired them gratis as part of a bulk purchase from...
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    Re: Gibson mando date and model?

    The doyen of the Harmony Chicago Facebook page recently posted to say that Harmony lasted until 1977- which is later than is generally mentioned and it may be that the company had ceased production...
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    Re: Gibson mando date and model?

    Mike, my edit came after you had posted this comment above and I had not refreshed the page. My posting of the link was to show tuner units but you are right those other details are crucial. Let's...
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    Re: Gibson mando date and model?

    Clearly, there is no fleur de lis in the headstock- I have been trying to find when that was last used but it is proving elusive. I posted that link up because it shows the Kluson tuners but I have a...
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    Re: Gibson mando date and model?

    This is an F4 with Kluson tuners. The date given is 1936 but it may have been shipped a little later as Gibson began using Kluson tuners in 1937. It seems to be the case that Gibson instruments could...
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    Re: Gibson mando date and model?

    Show us the tuner units on the Harmony- they changed style in the 1970s and I think they may well be those Grover made units. If there is a date stamp it will be above and incorporated in the "MADE...
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    Re: A attic founded mandolin. From 1920-30

    These mandolins with that boat shape heel appear to be central European. Bearing in mind that many of the German makers were in close proximity- just a few miles from those in Bohemia, it could be...
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    Re: A attic founded mandolin. From 1920-30

    It's hard to make any conclusive remarks about the mandolin but I would assume it is European and it has some serious issues structurally. More photos would help.
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    Re: Batwing Flies Again!

    The second one shown directly above is one made by Harmony in Chicago while the original instrument is one made in the Far East- Korea, I think after Harmony was "revived" some time later. I know the...
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    Re: Need help identifying date of my F2

    It appears that the inlaid buttons were mainly used on F4 mandolins not F2 models and Gibson stopped getting the inlaid buttons in 1917 or 1918 and continued using Handel tuners until 1922. It is...
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    Re: Need help identifying date of my F2

    Those tuners are typical of the earlier Waverly style. Interestingly, they have Philips screws which Gibson began to use in 1939 and they appear to be the Gibson type although I may be wrong on that....
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    Re: Need help identifying date of my F2

    That number does look a bit odd. You should show the tuners, as they may help to date it. The bridge is adjustable- I can't tell if it is original but that was an early 1920s development as was the...
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    Re: Early A4 Needs Fairy Godmother

    Nasty surprises, most likely! The tuners are 1950s or 60s Waverly units as used by Harmony. I agree it would be a good project for someone learning under expert guidance.
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    Early A4 Needs Fairy Godmother

    There's plenty wrong with this mandolin. It has lost its Handel tuners, pickguard and original bridge- I cannot see the replacement properly- it is old.
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    Re: UK Breedlove on Ebay - ?

    I missed that bit about Bend, Oregon and I would hope that means it was made there. You might want to contact the seller to double check this if you are going to bid. It may have a label which states...
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    Re: UK Breedlove on Ebay - ?

    I stuck in an edited bit showing a thread here about Breedlove and production overseas. I must have added it after you commented but at that time I had the comment page here open so did not see your...
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    Re: UK Breedlove on Ebay - ?

    Well, this does not exactly answer your question- it is from the Breedlove website:

    "Unlike many of the major American guitar makers, instruments crafted at the Breedlove USA workshop are still...
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    Re: information needed for Gibson A4

    1914 seems likely- look at this page below:

    http://www.mandolinarchive.com/perl/list_mandolins.pl?all:15:

    I can't comment on price but A4s are popular. Do some searching for sold examples but I...
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    Re: Vorhees Bowlback- very interesting

    Jim, I missed that mention and had another candidate for that thread which I posted there. I mentioned in that Wellington thread that I had blundered by typing in Style 80 while looking at the Style...
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    Vorhees Bowlback- very interesting

    I was tempted to put this into the "mandolin that will not get a bid" thread because of the price. However, it is very interesting and worthy of a wider audience to view and comment. I see I have...
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