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    Re: Is it worth repairing?

    Your mandolin appears to be a higher grade version of this mandolin made by Harmony- the two piece back and rosewood. You have not shown the tuners.
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    Re: Strad-O-Lin, United and Homenick Bros

    There are some 1959 United mandolins in this Peter Sorkin catalogue from that year which was for sale a while back but was far too expensive to buy in my opinion. Luckily, the seller showed this...
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    Re: Looking for information on an old mandolin

    I do own a Meinel & Herold mandolin- which was sold by the Milan firm of Monzino & Garlandi. It appeared that one of the directors had been sent to work in Saxony- and that partly explains why the...
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    Re: Looking for information on an old mandolin

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/87925-Shop-Window

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/138918-So-what-is-Meinel-amp-Herold

    Earlier threads that do not offer conclusive proof...
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    Re: Looking for information on an old mandolin

    It looks like a product of Meinel & Herold although this example below is a guitar lute:
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    Re: Telestar, Teiso, Columbus?

    Take a look at these- the link in the middle does not work- it was a Teisco mandolin:

    https://reverb.com/item/1431719-1960-s-venetian-electric-mandolin-bruno-conqueror-made-in-japan-w-gig-bag
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    Re: Telestar, Teiso, Columbus?

    I have seen a few of these mandolins on eBay and they go for a few hundred dollars- it depends on the condition. If you search for Kay mandolins on eBay you see the Kay electric mandolin for sale at...
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    Re: Telestar, Teiso, Columbus?

    The mandolin is basically a cosmetic copy of the Kay 390 which was introduced in 1960- a Venetian shape Kay began making in the 1930s. I believe Columbus was a brand used by a British dealer and the...
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    Re: Help identify old mahogany mandolin

    I may as well post this advertisement from the 1935 Sears, Roebuck Supertone listing. We were discussing the lower one in another thread not so long ago but I cannot find it at present. The mandolin...
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    Re: Help identify old mahogany mandolin

    I assumed that the mandolin as sold by Supertone had stencils if it was finished to match the guitar I posted up but it appears in the illustration it does not have any. Supertone instruments were...
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    Re: Help identify old mahogany mandolin

    The photo in the Harmony Guys website has drawn a result- the Supertone 385 which was for sale from 1931 to 1933, so may be earlier than the first Harmony date stamp used in late 1932. The...
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    Re: Gibson H2 mandola at Guitar Center

    A cloud tailpiece? I haven't seen that before but I suppose it may be a replacement item for the original.
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    Re: Help identify old mahogany mandolin

    Here is a midget photo of the Supertone 265 which was Sears, Roebuck's version of the Harmony Valencia. You can see it has a cream pickguard and stencilling. It is possible if this mandolin was sold...
  14. Re: Old 'Musikvaruhus Waidele Göteborg' Swedish bowlback with peg

    I think Linbergh was known for dogged determination and his emotionless persona but trying to play a mandolin with friction pegs would be quite a test and would endow one with enough determination to...
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    Re: Help identify old mahogany mandolin

    Back in about 1933 and 1936, Sears Roebuck sold a guitar with that pearlette headstock overlay using their Supertone brand. The company owned Harmony from 1916 to 1941. It is likely that your...
  16. Re: Old 'Musikvaruhus Waidele Göteborg' Swedish bowlback with peg

    https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waidele

    It seems Waidele was of German ancestry. This begs the question, was it made in Germany? We will probably never know but the fact that it is for sale in...
  17. Re: How many different F5’s does Dave Apollon play in these Vitap

    I have an F style mandolin made by Dick Knight nearly 40 years ago. Back in 1930 Dave Apollon came and played the London Palladium for a two week engagement and Dick saw him on one of the first...
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    Harmony Vita Roy Smeck Circa 1930

    This needs work but may appeal to someone. The "wrist rest" tailpiece cover is gone. I have no idea what these sound like....
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    We get a tremendous amount of info about Gretsch on this listing which might be helpful if this mandolin was not a Harmony Monterey branded as a Gretsch. Nice monkey on a stick- but you can probably...
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    Re: John DeJulio Scrolled C.1915 Mandolin

    Jim, I am sorry you did not win it. Perhaps, your friend can tell you about how it plays and sounds when he gets it. I am with DavidKOS on this- playing it will be definitive even if some of its...
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    Re: John DeJulio Scrolled C.1915 Mandolin

    The case appears to be a top end G & S Faultless- similar to what an F5 would be paired with in the mid-20s. It is slightly different with those two small compartments and makes me think it is...
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    John DeJulio Scrolled C.1915 Mandolin

    Great case as well!

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/324963774263?hash=item4ba959af37:g:rZ8AAOSwx0BhyMBO
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    Re: A Loar on Craigslist? Yes sir!

    If I was trying to make it hard to sell this mandolin, I would replicate this seller's methodology. It makes no sense, not least as I am sure many reputable instrument retailers would be happy to...
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    16 string bowl back mando in UK- ornate

    Also, in need of serious TLC which may be an understatement! It has double the number of strings I can cope with but it certainly looks amazing. I assume the name in Malta is the seller not the maker...
  25. Re: Strad-O-Lin mandolins - which, when, how good?

    There are some very good mandolins from the less storied makers and they can be found at sensible prices. Of course, getting one in good order that does not require expensive work is important. It is...
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