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    Re: My Recent Stradolin Buy

    That's great! Well done! I posted up this spread from the 1959 Sorkin catalogue a few weeks back. I think your mandolin is on the top left although the photo is not great. Looking at the Waverly...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    A $15 Corn Flakes box? Ooh! That's corny!
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    Re: Help with identifying old bowlback mandolin

    The GHS strings are very slightly lighter than that set you showed. They would probably be okay but here is a link for the GHS ultra light set:
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    Re: Help with identifying old bowlback mandolin

    American Conservatory was a Lyon & Healy brand- a less expensive line of instruments- often with less bling. As mentioned above, the relationship with Regal was very close and somewhat convoluted,...
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    Re: Bridge type on 1926 paddle A4 mandolin?

    The adjustable bridge was a Gibson innovation from the early 1920s. Here are two which I assume are original but bridges can easily go walkabout over time. You can search this archive for more...
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    Re: Help with identifying old bowlback mandolin

    It is probably a product of Lyon & Healy or possibly Regal but the pickguard is unusual and may help identify it but that's as far as I can go although I would imagine it is circa 1900.
  7. Re: 14 string vintage bandurria H T Tunica Chicago

    I saw the price had morphed into La La Land but had no idea why! I think the case may have been the best part of the deal but it is firmly in No Deal territory now!
  8. 14 string vintage bandurria H T Tunica Chicago

    This appears to have a number of issues- not least the price but something has happened to the board and there is a crack on the top near the board it seems as well. I posted this on the vintage...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Here's some poor chap who has found a set of old, probably, East German tuners in a Harmony box and has mistaken them for something rare and special. I don't suppose anybody is in the market for such...
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    Re: Gibson A-50 1939 - What do you think?

    You get the "Nick Lucas" inlays on the board with this model. I assume that the original celluloid pickguard began to rot- a common occurrence for Gibson mandolins of this era. My A50 is in a 1950s...
  11. Re: Can anyone identify this maker? Dailey? Sailey?

    It looks to be an Oscar Schmidt "Stella" but sold by a third party- 1920s or 30s. If the number is on the brace below the sound hole it confirms it as OS- the number is supposed to include the year...
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    Re: Flower & Groehsl Mandolin- early 1900s- ornate

    I had not realised that the Larson brothers worked unassisted- they must have been herculean in their work to achieve what they did but it appears life was totally focused on their work to the...
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    Re: Flower & Groehsl Mandolin- early 1900s- ornate

    "Taken the pledge" and that really must have been a severe test of will! Well done! I think your suggestion that the larger enterprises could have made some of the seemingly higher quality...
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    Re: Flower & Groehsl Mandolin- early 1900s- ornate

    I just wonder if this mandolin was made by Groehsl- it has that name on the label. What if Groehsl which was also based in Chicago had a few ex-Larson employees and this was made by them?
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    Re: Flower & Groehsl Mandolin- early 1900s- ornate

    I have read that Robert Hartman's book has some instruments in it that may not be actually Larson made- he shows a virtually identical mandolin branded May Flower in his book. The headstock inlay is...
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    Re: Waiting for new(old) mandolins

    There was one of those manolinettos for sale at a very reasonable BIN in the UK- it looked to be in good order too. Here is one that has been restored- he sleuthed out the maker in Saxony:
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    Re: Flower & Groehsl Mandolin- early 1900s- ornate

    Jim certainly deserves the epithet "resourceful" to say the very least!

    The catalogue illustration suggests the inlay was part of the rather ostentatious decoration of the model.
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    Re: Flower & Groehsl Mandolin- early 1900s- ornate.

    I found this which looks at some of the rather complex history of who made the instruments and when. The seller has a view- that old chestnut!
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    Flower & Groehsl Mandolin- early 1900s- ornate

    Interesting- presumably, made by the Kay forebear- Groehsl. I think this is the Style 6 which has seen a bit of action. I am wondering if the child featured at the end of the catalogue was indeed...
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    Re: Loar Case Handle Restoration Inquiry

    I have to admit, I just placed closed pointed-nosed pliers inside the D-ring- and opened them up carefully and the ring opened easily.
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    Re: Can anyone identify this Cremona Bowl back?

    I am afraid it is not worth much and was made in the 1970s most likely. Here is one made before WW2- so arguably more collectable- it made 100:
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    Re: Rare Ibanez Mandolin For Sale in New Zealand

    It looks like is one: http://s93105080.onlinehome.us/Ibanez-Catalogs/catalog/1976-6/04.jpg
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    Re: Rare Ibanez Mandolin For Sale in New Zealand

    One of the members here has the Ibanez catalogues, so he may be able to answer your question.
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    Re: 1959 Sorkin/Stradolin Catalogue Pages

    Yes, this thread has looked at the Homenick Bros:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/95084-Help-with-Homenick-Bros-Mandolin
  25. Thread: Palmer mandolin

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    Re: Palmer mandolin

    There are references to various Palmer mandolins on the internet. The photos are not great but my guess would be that it is a Korean made mandolin. I suppose looking at other known brand mandolins...
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