We're gonna start some parts, pieces pics so that www.mandolinarchive.com can have a reference base on
more than just the mandos themselves. Virzi pics,
labels ect ect..various pickguards, tuners...
pics of mandolins when taken apart..
hmmm...rings close to home...
The nickel/silver stamped version
found on all other mandolins.
Many Lloyd Loar Style 5 instruments
have this tailpiece cover either thru
factory error, or loss/replacement.
I suspect that the hand engraved
version became unavailable from the
factory after a few years
One of the first ads to appear
heralding the New F5..
I got a color repro of that from Tommy a few years ago. It's framed on a wall, looks great.
The distinctive, hard to forge/reproduce
handwriting of Lloyd Loar
But sometimes his fountain pen
didn't work so well
The distinctive silver plated tuners
found only on Loars
..and their penchant for loosing the
silver plating and getting quite
The Master Model label
used on Style 5 instruments
until about 1926 or 27
The Loar signature label
used on Style 5 instruments
from 1922 until late 1924
The Guarantee label. Used on everthing except the Style 5
and then used on the Style 5 instruments starting about 1927
The infamous Virzi Tone Producer.
This one is no longer "producing tone"
Generally used only in 1924.
Note how the darned thing couldn't really vibrate
if it had to.
The Virzi label
located just outside the Loar
signature label on the treble bout
An original Gibson coupon.
These were used like car payment coupons to
pay Gibson dealers for the instrument
Gibson pickguards and bridges all had
a "patent stamp" on them until around 1930.
These are my "exactly right" case hardened
stamps that I use on my repro parts.
The large one is for the bridge, medium for
pickguards. The small one is my "F5 Journal" stamp
so that I don't accidentally buy one
back as an original....brag brag
It's interesting to note that some of the later Loars (and most of the unsigned, early '25 batch) had the medium stamp on the bridge base as well.
You got me
I didn't know that.
What do you think of this Charlie
Looks great !!
I had the chance to play 73490 (Harry West's old Loar) in August. It still had the broken/bound peghead. The new owner graciously let me spend some time with it. It was my first Loar experience...I took me a few minutes to acclimitize to it, but then...An exceptional instrument...now I get the whole Loar thing...I'm ruined for life...
Hi Jason,Originally Posted by (Jason West @ Dec. 06 2003,10:05)
What exactly did you have to do to get comfortable with the instrument? Is it just a playability issue coming from 70+ year old instrument?
I deal in lead, friend.
Did all original Loar tailpiece covers have that etched squiggle around the perimeter?
To my knowlege yes. I've never seen one without it..but have seen plenty of F4 types on them
Did you make that tailpiece Darryl? Looks great! Very classy.
42.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
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Let's say I'm the project manager on the tailpiece