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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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    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?

    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.
  5. 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...
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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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    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 tailpiece for old bowl back

    You can use the screw in the middle below the tine that is ready to fail- it is in a reasonable position. It is unusual to have a screw there- normally there are only three screws on this sort of...
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    Re: Crazy Catania Creation!

    I think in Catania the various makers may have had an unspoken rivalry where some would try to bedazzle the others- you see the most outrageous guitars and this is the mandolin equivalent! There is a...
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    Crazy Catania Creation!

    For those who want to make a visual impact. The tuners look 1930s but it could be post war. The photos tell all- let's hope it sounds good after all that decoration. It may be in the category we have...
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    Re: Another unmarked bowlback from the "attic"

    It looks a lot like a Washburn Style 118 from the fairly early 1900s. As I assume it does not have a Washburn label, then it may be a very similar mandolin made by Lyon & Healy to be sold by a third...
  12. Re: 30's Gibson F-7 RW "Loar Buster" and 1936 F-5 Fern video link

    Your dog prefers the fern- and so do I - but they are both great!
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    Re: Help IDing old bowlback mandolin

    Jim is right, I am sure- that engraved flower motif on the tailpiece is seen on Weymann mandolins.
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    Re: Leather Handle for G&S case?

    I have just bought for a paltry $25 a mid-30s Harmony Supertone mandolin with a juicy crack on its back with a contemporary Geib chipboard case for a whopping $25. The handle is just fine but it will...
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    Re: AP stamp on Kalamazoo KM11?

    I have a Wards model 1642- their version of the A50 made by Gibson. The only stamp inside- other than the Gibson FON number, is a date stamp- a month and year. You see this in Wards instruments made...
  16. Re: "This mandolin was intact until my son sat on it"

    It was probably fairly far gone before his son sat on it judging by other aspects that one can see. I suppose it is a late 40s A50 and its tuners, tailpiece and bridge are worth more than $100. It's...
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    Re: Leather Handle for G&S case?

    I see you have started a thread at Vintage Musical Instrument Cases Facebook community and that's where you are most likely to get more info. I have taken old handles from damaged soft chipboard...
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    Broken Gibson A mandolin- 1903

    As that earlier auction for the late 20s Gibson mandolin has been closed, here is another. This mandolin fell off the wall it appears- did it jump or was it pushed? Crime scene detectives can see the...
  19. Re: Info on Morris A-style mandolin (serial No 10)

    This thread should get you started while others may add more here:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/118135-Howard-Morris-mandolins
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    Re: Couple of fb marketplace finds

    Jim, both mandolins have Waverly oblong plank tuners from the 1930s. We know the date of the Supertone and I would suggest the "Stradolin" is late 1930s to very early 1940s although it might possibly...
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    Re: Harmony Monterey H410 Rescue

    This thread below from a few years back discusses Monterey mandolins. About the seventh comment there is a post by Mike Edgerton and there is a catalogue page from the mid to late 30s he uploaded....
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    Re: Harmony Monterey H410 Rescue

    Well done! Those oblong plate Waverly tuners suggest it may be very late 30s or early 40s. Harmony got close to Kluson in about 1940- Kluson helped arrange the finance for Harmony's management to buy...
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    Re: Inherited Prestige 8 string - year made?

    I am pretty confident that those are Japanese tuners from the 70s- they are very similar to those on my mandolin that was made in Japan by Ibanez. I don't think it would be possible to confirm the...
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    Re: Nice Looking F4 at Music Folk

    Well done! It looks superb and I hope it lives up to or exceeds your expectations!
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    Re: Heilp ID my The Gibson Mandolin

    Yes, Sheraton brown came in during 1918 and those tuners were used until about 1922. Also about that time and certainly by1923 and possibly before, Gibson began fitting the truss rod and introduced...
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