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  1. Re: Fry’s Mandolin (L. Ricca employees) ???

    Your comment about "200 employees" got me thinking.
    I think I was just being lazy and thought I'd punch in "Ricca Piano" again and see what turned up.
    It's a task to keep that many people busy...
  2. Re: Fry’s Mandolin (L. Ricca employees) ???

    Not to create a diversion, but I've never looked into the Ricca family's piano dealings before. Perhaps it has been discussed here?

    I found this informative (if accurate) little bit:

    "Ricca...
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    Re: Harmony Monterey H410 Rescue

    I can't help you with your dating question, but Mike E is our go-to Harmony expert here so I'm sure he'll be by to help out.

    I can say I've never seen inside one of these before and your photos...
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    Re: "The Great Mandolins" postcards

    Nice to see that Washburn bowlback included among the 'greats'!

    I wish these had been on cereal boxes or the old school cafeteria milk cartons where I learned the Presidents.

    Mick
  5. Re: Fry’s Mandolin (L. Ricca employees) ???

    Thanks, Jed. That is super interesting.

    There are numerous discussions here concerning Luigi Ricca's mandolins and operations. IIRC he was also involved in the piano business to some...
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    Re: Andy Statman Bought A Loar F5!

    I suppose if Dad buys you your first Loar and you feel like you can sell it to go camping you're starting out in a different league of privilege....a nice head start to being your 'own man' as the...
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    Re: Andy Statman Bought A Loar F5!

    So sad to hear.

    Mick
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    Re: Andy Statman Bought A Loar F5!

    That's taking the metaphor out of "opening up".... Kind of like Willie's "Trigger".

    Mick
  9. Re: Interesting Sound Hole Decoration- Bowlback

    I tend to associate these exuberant picturesque scratchplates with Catanese mandolins, but this one doesn't seem Sicilian to me.

    My hunch is that your Northern European posits are more on the...
  10. Re: Naprawa bowlback mandolina gaetano vinaccia 1921

    Thanks for the muy coolioso photos, Jarek.

    Note the extra bracing of the top north of the soundhole and to either side: #1 and #2.

    Both Embergher and CF Martin used this technique to help...
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    Re: Odd vintage Gibson electric

    What material was Gibson using for nuts during the '30s? Would that dark nut have been original?

    Mick
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    Re: Lovely Regal Bowlback & Leather Case

    It's a nice looking mandolin.

    The functioning buckles on the leather case are pretty rare to see.

    Mick
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    Re: No love for old Martins

    That's what I know.

    Rosewood back Martin As should rightly elicit mucho amor.

    Mick
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    Re: No love for old Martins

    There is an "anniversary" model Martin, to my eye rather garish in its bling, for sale (at a very high price) once again in the Classifieds.

    For which I have no love.

    I do wish the owner good...
  15. Re: Drop Box is now available for Italian 'ballo liscio' sheet mu

    Being late to the party is no matter...still means you're at the party. ;)

    As SRV said "If the house is rocking, don't bother knocking...."

    But this party has been going on for a looooong time,...
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    Re: No love for old Martins?

    One of the comments in the link references a "Richter Manufacturing Company" in Chicago and insists they were a big player.

    "SS Maxwell was one of the brand names for instruments used by Chicago...
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    Re: Salvstore Narcisi fu Paolo

    There looks to be some label inside that mandolin, Jim, but it doesn't resemble the one in the Narcisi at all. Nor does the mandolin.

    The combination of the fretboard end, soundhole, droopy...
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    Re: No love for old Martins?

    You might be right about that being Sig. Vicari's D'Angelico, Pops.

    While the pickguard doesn't quite look D'A, you can see the block inlays and headstock design in the attached still from the...
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    Re: No love for old Martins?

    That's what I know....;)

    It's almost Independence Day. Time for some more mandolin shibboleths to get bbq-ed.

    Mick
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    Re: No love for old Martins?

    Well, fwiw, Giovanni Vicari can be seen playing a Martin (2-30, I believe) in the wedding band in the opening scene in "The Godfather".
    There's an Oscar winning rebuttal to all the whining scuttle...
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    Re: Salvstore Narcisi fu Paolo

    Bob and Victor are right on about Italian bowlback neck construction. The spliced joint between neck and head is very common.
    Some that I have owned have rightly been made of softwood, rather than...
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    Re: No love for old Martins?

    I think the premise behind your questions is inherently flawed.

    I love my Martin canted-top mandolin. Unequivocally.
    I think you'll find numerous discussions here among folks who enjoy playing...
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    Re: Harwood mandolins and guitars

    Hi Joliff,

    Congratulations on winning the Harwood at auction.

    I think it would be great if you could post some more images of your instrument.
    It would be a good contribution to this...
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    Re: Salvstore Narcisi fu Paolo

    Great observations, Bob!

    Mick
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    Re: Sorting out the Vinaccias

    A deep dive:

    "This paper reports the results of several scientific analyses carried out on ten mandolins made in the second half of the eighteenth century by the most important Neapolitan mandolin...
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