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    Re: Neck joint on Martin bowlback?

    Nice work, as always, John.

    I had a hunch you would turn up a dovetail joint, as that is what I've found on my Martin bowls.

    Glad you were able to get it sorted out.

    The bridge does look a...
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    Re: 1940's GIBSON f4

    I'm not a drinker, despite my handle here, but one can certainly imagine such a story.

    I'm hoping it would be a good one. True or not doesn't matter.

    I'll play Whisky Before Breakfast over...
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    Re: Howe-Orme mandolin video

    This is an interesting post, Bob, and I, too, wish Rick was still with us to follow up on.

    This same upward neck rotation with subsequent top sinkage north of the soundhole is the source of a...
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    Re: Catania Creation? Very colourful.

    Thanks for including this.

    I own a Cristofaro bowlback, much less ornate than this but with the decidedly bass biased soundhole.

    Calace was also experimenting with soundhole shape and location...
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    Re: bowl back mandolin

    This is so true from my experience.

    I've marveled at just how 3-D the tops are on some of my Italian bowls, between the cross tip curvature and the distinct cant.
    Since I also play carved...
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    Re: Howe-Orme mandolin video

    Bob, there's a 'caption' function you can turn on with YouTube, my students use it, but I admit my Texas twang does result in some odd translations.

    I found this tutorial from UH on how to...
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    Re: Catania Creation? Very colourful.

    If I had to guess, I wouldn't guess Catania / Sicilia.

    Given the fretboard inlay and goofy scratchplate and smoking-gun tailpiece, I think your Centro-Europe proposition is more than likely...
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    Re: Howe-Orme mandolin video

    Thanks, Bob. This is great.

    I look forward to watching.

    I enjoyed Rick's contributions here.

    Mick
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    Re: Ermelinda Silvestri - Needs help!

    Ha!

    John, I can see maybe more than half of you would be interested in tackle this repair.

    I know I would.

    The difference is that I know you would be able to fix it. ;)

    Mick
  10. Re: Your favourite manufacturer offers you a signature model

    This here gent wants one meatball.

    Lots of great versions of this chestnut.

    Here's Ry Cooder's.

    Mick


    Oooh... here's Josh White's delivery.
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    Re: Ermelinda Silvestri - Needs help!

    It's the latter that I was referring to John.

    I was just wondering how much the detached top was contributing to the overall troublesome geometry of the whole instrument and / or whether neck...
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    Re: Can anybody tell me what I have?

    Why am I not surprised...?

    David knows what it's called and you have one. :)

    Mick
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    Re: German style Mandolin

    Fair play to you, Sebastiaan.

    Please keep us in mind and keep us informed on that.

    Sounds like a wonderful idea. Napoli in November, too.


    Mick
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    Re: Vinaccia disection

    Great to see this restored, John.

    Ready for the next 100 years.

    How does it sound?

    Mick
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    Re: bowl back mandolin

    A lot of things are pointing towards Sicilia with this instrument.

    Our friend here, David, refers to these 12 stringed instruments as "Sicilian mandolins" with good reason.


    Those strings look...
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    Re: Ermelinda Silvestri - Needs help!

    If anyone could fix it, John—Tavy—would be the man.

    Have you tried loosening / removing the strings?

    Can the top be eased back into position with the strings off?

    I’d be more concerned with...
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    Re: My first Bowlback

    I have a few Italian bowlbacks with a combination brass nut / string spacer and zero fret.

    The assumed wisdom is that with a zero fret that open strings would sound more the same as fretted ones....
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    Re: P. Bianculli?

    Joe, this is the era Sheri Mignano has documented in her "Mandolin Heroes in America" but unfortunately Bianculli's name doesn't show up there.

    I wonder if she might have some information, though....
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    Re: Need info on a Washburn mando

    Does it look like this one?

    This G has "Washburn" stamped in the back of the headstock rather than the metal plate w name you describe.

    Post some photos of yours, please.

    Mick
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    Re: Bowl back id

    I looked through my Martin files, and interestingly I didn't see any of their 'student' models, featuring fewer bowl stave, that also had a scalloped 'skirt' transitioning between bowl staves and...
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    Re: Ermelinda Silvestri - Needs help!

    Thanks for the extra photos.
    This was probably a pretty nice mandolin at one time.

    In deep trouble now.

    What's going on in Picture #5 (row 2, 2nd from left)?

    Is the top lifting off? What...
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    Re: Bowlback mandolin, exploded

    Thanks, Richard.

    What you are calling a bulkhead is what I had in mind with the 'neck-ectomy' approach. Bulkhead is a good term for this. If the OP can cut a bulkhead that can also serve to...
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    Re: Bowlback mandolin, exploded

    Richard, do you have an idea in mind for this 'mechanical connection'?

    Perhaps addition a thick 'half disk' inside the bowl just 'south' of where the neck bock would be.
    Use this to align attach...
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    Re: Bowlback mandolin, exploded

    Wow. The elephant had good aim.

    Good luck with the rebuild.

    Are you planning to post some "in progress" photos of the work?

    When I was first playing bowlbacks, I bought a few corpses as...
  25. Re: Who thinks this is really an refurbished antique Italian mand

    From the tuners and the overall design of the mandolin, I do think this was originally of Italian, or more precisely Sicilian, origin.

    The amount of bling is very restrained as compated to the...
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