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    Re: Help identifying an old bowlback

    The tailpiece is American so that means the mandolin is US made and it is a budget model. The star on the headstock was used by mail order companies and I think both Wards and Sears, Roebuck used...
  2. Re: Identifying bowlback mandolin and question about black inside

    With that tailpiece and details, it is most likely a Lyon & Healy mandolin from around 1910 or so. .

    Edit: One of the company's brands was American Conservatory- take a look at this thread which...
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    Re: Harmony Shutt style mandolin, maybe?

    I posted some photos of the mandolin and case (as seen above) over at the Vintage Musical Instrument Cases Facebook page as original hard cases for Shutt style mandolins are very rare- to say the...
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    Re: Harmony Shutt style mandolin, maybe?

    This one appears to be Harmony branded and has strip tuners that are not enclosed- unlike yours- I can see the plate and the tuners in one photo. The tuners date this mandolin to around 1930 or so. ...
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    Re: Harmony Shutt style mandolin, maybe?

    I did not look that closely but the bridge in the old ad does look like it might be the same as the one you have- you could try blowing up the image a bit.
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    Re: Harmony Shutt style mandolin, maybe?

    It appears to be one and Sears, Roebuck sold these as the Supertone Viol in the mid to late 1920s.

    https://jakewildwood.blogspot.com/2017/01/1920s-harmony-made-shutt-style-viol.html
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    Re: Any ideas on what this is?

    The number beginning with an L means it is probably a Kay mandolin but ideally more photos of the whole headstock- back and front would help.
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    Catania Creation? Very colourful.

    Useless photos I am afraid. The case with the stitching in the lid is European- most likely German and the mandolin may be as well.
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    Re: 1976 Epiphone BG440

    I would guess that this mandolin was made in Japan and sold under a number of brand names. I have a two point I bought new in 1977 and it is a well made instrument branded as Suzuki but I think the...
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    Re: Vintage Regal Tenor Guitar

    Jake Wildwood worked on one of these which had a banjo tailpiece. Shame about that pickguard on this example- there may have been plenty of pick wear on the top....
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    Re: A Strad-O-Lin almost identical to mine

    Sue, those rosewood bridges like the one on eBay are good quality items. I have one on my best Regal mandolin made in 1939 which I assume is a replacement. I think Kay also used them in the 60s for a...
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    Re: A Strad-O-Lin almost identical to mine

    Here is that ad showing the rosewood bridge- $6 for a dozen back in 1948. As I wrote, I have the same bridge on two late 30s Harmomy Monterey mandolins and Harmony used them for decades and I think...
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    Re: A Strad-O-Lin almost identical to mine

    I think your mandolin is probably made from much higher quality wood and is a few rungs up the ladder to this one- we discussed a similar mandolin a while back- the tailpiece, guard and tuners give...
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    Re: bowl back mandolin

    No icebergs in the Baltic sea! The tuners look to be 1920s items, so the mandolin probably is about 100 years old. Back in the days of emigration from the Russian Empire in the 1890s early 1900s-...
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    Re: Need info on a Washburn mando

    The style G is from 1922-25 according to Pleijsier's book and would have been made by Regal. There is a catalogue drawing from 1923 on page 158 with all the blurb.
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    Re: Bowl back id

    Yes, that is an interesting fact from Mike about clay. Interestingly, it seems that Fender never used clay dots- they were vulcanised fibreboard which is basically lino! Anyway, I don't intend to...
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    Re: Bowl back id

    I posted the mandolin up to get some photos recorded for posterity as so little appears to be known about Globe. I did find a really lovely Globe guitar which is it seems a Washburn derived model...
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    Re: Bowl back id

    This Martin has the same dot marker arrangement but smaller- as per Martin seemed to like to do:
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    Re: Bowl back id

    I opened a thread on this mandolin a few weeks back as Jim Garber has already mentioned but no-one was able to add any extra info to a much earlier thread. We can now see the whole headstock properly...
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    Re: Ermelinda Silvestri - Needs help!

    The photos tell their own story but an interesting instrument. The original top part of the tailpiece is German. Here is an explanation:
    "D.R.G.M., or sometimes DRGM, is not a German patent. It was...
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    Re: 1898 Martin Style 6. What should I do?

    Now on eBay at $3,500:
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    Re: Fratelli Vinaccia 1898

    Well, it made a whopping $305! I wonder if the buyer will be happy?
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    L & H Leland Brilliantone

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/265845511012?hash=item3de5a09364%3Ag%3AtbgAAOSwJ85i%7EVII&amdata=enc%3AAQAHAAAA4DTnX%2Fy6zq20XesIrueNa4wBWJ3owiPBuKFayIKpUVVD7%2BdiUUtp0OAsft7nQklBj4iZtM5vPJIDawpdXGuDbCX1okRs...
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    Re: Fratelli Vinaccia 1898

    My 1890s Vinaccia has a separate headstock glued to the neck with a little piece glued above the joint although it is now missing. The headstock and neck of this mandolin is nothing like my Vinaccia-...
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    Re: Fratelli Vinaccia 1898

    I have posted this photo of the label as it may magnify a little once posted making it possible to read the label a bit better. I really don't think it is by Vinaccia.

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