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  1. Re: A small bowlback - travel mandolin? piccolo mandolin?

    Awesome playing by Ms. Holbrook!

    I have one of these, but it has a conventional scroll rather than the "hook" that the earliest ones had. Very fine little instrument.
  2. Re: A small bowlback - travel mandolin? piccolo mandolin?

    Had a veritable cornucopia of double entendres picked out; thought better of it.
  3. Re: A small bowlback - travel mandolin? piccolo mandolin?

    There are a fair number of similar instruments around; the ones I've seen have been German made, but I'd guess that others were made elsewhere in Europe. I own one marked "Holdrio Picolo (yes,...
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    Re: Como mandolin - any info?

    Couple of hits on Google search for "Como guitars" refer to Korean-made instruments imported maybe 20-25 years ago. Acoustic guitars, some Fender-clone electrics. No mention of mandolins, but I'd...
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    Re: Gospel Sheet Music or Chord Charts

    A possibility; blurb says it includes "over 50 gospel tunes."
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    Re: A very water-damaged bowlback

    Not decorative enough to be even a "wall hanger."
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    Re: Dull and Lifeless

    Huh -- thought this thread was titled after a duet in which I used to play.

    You can guess whether I was "Dull" or "Lifeless..."
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    Re: Anyone recognize this case?

    Paged through a gazillion "guitar triangle logo" images that I Googled, didn't find a match. Good luck.
  9. Re: Question about Vega Fairbanks Mandolin Banjo

    You'll need a new head, for sure. (Banjo head, that is!) If you're going to be dealing with Smakula, he has an amazing variety of such in stock, generally.
  10. Re: Question about Vega Fairbanks Mandolin Banjo

    Gold Tone makes mandolin banjos and ukulele banjos in Asia, and also sells cases and gig bags for them.

    Here's their "case" page. Gold Tone instruments generally have resonators, so the cases may...
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    Re: 1920ish Martin built? For S.S. Stewart

    Anybody I know?
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    Re: "Marcelli" Bowlback

    See my Post #2, also this search; the "Marcelli" name has shown up dozens of times, on the tailpieces of a variety of mandolins.
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    Re: Rusty Young RIP

    Mosrite Melobar being played:



    Apparently a 10-string converted down to a 6-string. Don't know what Young played.
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    Re: Bowl back identification

    Question for the bowl-back experts: how common were the alternating-woods (maple/mahogany, maple/rosewood) staves, such as this one has, on European mandolins? I've seen quite a few American...
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    Re: Another NMD

    Biscuit bridge, I see, as you stated in your other thread. What wood is the top, and where did your builder get the resonator cone?
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    Re: First World Problems

    I've had a wood-painted aluminum bass fiddle, which I think is a Pfretzschner, for a couple decades now. Bought it from banjo maven Jim Bollman, when he used to co-own, I believe, the Music...
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    Re: First World Problems

    Similar experience: I owned, briefly, a Johnson Asian copy of a National tri-cone resonator guitar, made of chrome-plated brass and very shiny. I was playing it at a memorial tribute in a large...
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    Re: Shopgoodwill F5 Gibson???

    Quite a few luthiers -- of varying degrees of skill -- made "F-5 copies" or "Gibson copies" over the past 50 years. It used to be common to put "Gibson" logos on them, despite the obvious trademark...
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    Re: Stahl Mandolin

    All gone to kitchen knife handles and furniture veneer. The Brazilian embargo on un-milled rosewood didn't help, either.
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    Re: Newbie OM questions

    Since your in Wellfleet, you might want to consider Nick Apollonio in in Rockport ME. He builds a lot of OM's, citterns, and "Irish" zouks. Prices are fairly reasonable.

    I own one of his giant...
  21. Re: Help!!:I have aqquired an Unmarked unnamed 7 string banjolele

    Just to add further complications, there are four-stringed instruments that are neither ukulele-banjos, nor four-string mandolin banjos.

    They are called melody banjos, and, while rarely found,...
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    Re: Pawn Shop F5L

    Signed by Steve Carlson -- I'd say this is a stone bargain.

    How it ended up in the pawn shop is that someone probably brought it in and pawned it, and got maybe $5-600 on it. When the customer...
  23. Re: Help!!:I have aqquired an Unmarked unnamed 7 string banjolele

    Thanx to journeybear for the research! Appears what you have, looks quite a bit like a "Melody Major" mandolin-banjo; if so, it was made by Geo. Houghton & Sons in the UK. I've looked at a couple...
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    Re: 1920ish Martin built? For S.S. Stewart

    Once the S S Stewart label was bought by Buegeleisen & Jacobson (B & J), you found it on a variety of instruments made by different builders, and distributed by B & J. I had a "Fred Stewart" (Fred...
  25. Re: Beginner: Kentucky KM-150 or Aria M-180?

    1. Can't find specs on the Aria, but based on several Google look-ups, it appears to be a mid-price instrument from 40-50 years ago. I've seen the top variously described as "solid, carved spruce"...
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