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John Uhrig
Sep-19-2005, 10:41am
Here are a few pics of my new mandolinetto. Purchased off of e-bay with a trashed top. I had a local luthier replace the top,pickguard and bridge. Turned out great. Strung it up with GHS ultra lights, and I can't believe how loud it is.

John Uhrig
Sep-19-2005, 10:42am
And another

John Uhrig
Sep-19-2005, 10:43am

Sep-19-2005, 11:01am
American Conservatory?

John Uhrig
Sep-19-2005, 11:16am
Nope On the neck block it says Clifford American. From what I can find out it was made between 1895 to 1920.

Sep-19-2005, 11:20am
I've not heard of "Clifford American." #Holmes lists "Clifford" standing alone as a brand name Jenkins in MO. #Looking at the original scratchplate profile, it is similar, but not quite like what I would expect of Lyon & Healy's American Conservatory brand. #Interesting.

John Uhrig
Sep-19-2005, 11:34am
I e-mailed with Mr. Holmes at mugwumps. He is the one that gave me the information on this

Bob DeVellis
Sep-19-2005, 5:27pm
1895 seems a bit too early. Several sources, including their catalog, indicate that Howe-Orme had the first guitar-shaped mandolin and they didn't appear until about 1897.

Bill Snyder
Sep-19-2005, 5:45pm
Could you post a larger photo?

John Uhrig
Sep-19-2005, 6:24pm
Trying to reformat my images so they will be larger.

John Uhrig
Sep-19-2005, 6:31pm
And also.... The Jenkins Co. made instruments under the Clifford name around 1895. Don't have any data as to when the actually made these. I have read about the Howe company. My best guess, Jenkins copied the design. Hmmmm, I believe a few other companies did this to the Gibson line.

Sep-19-2005, 7:55pm
...And Gibson didn't mind copying the concepts of others either.

John Uhrig
Sep-20-2005, 5:03pm
Well here are all the pictures. SOme from e-bay and the rest after it was finished.
My Mandos (http://photobucket.com/albums/b320/mandonucs/)