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Jim Garber
Feb-20-2006, 9:32am
We had a thread about this some time ago. I figure it's time to revive it. I will post some of my catalog pages and some living examples as well.

This one is from the 1930 Continental Music Catalog.

Jim

Jim Garber
Feb-20-2006, 9:34am
Marley catalog 1919

Jim Garber
Feb-20-2006, 9:35am
Tonk Brothers 1930

Jim Garber
Feb-20-2006, 9:40am
Bruno 1926

Jim Garber
Feb-20-2006, 9:42am
Tailpieces from Tonk Brothers 1901

Jim Garber
Feb-20-2006, 9:44am
Coffin-style mandolin case, Bruno 1888

Jim Garber
Feb-20-2006, 9:45am
Leather "Clownshoe" case

Linda Binder
Feb-20-2006, 11:35am
Thanks Jim! I wish I had that whole array of picks to sample. The "vacuum" pick is interesting. It looks like a your thumb pad goes into a conical "divot" and suction (vacuum) helps hold it to your thumb. I wonder if that concept is still used in any modern picks.
--Linda

danb
Feb-20-2006, 11:36am
kork-grip are mentioned in the service manual for Gibsons

Jim Garber
Feb-20-2006, 12:11pm
I will get a few more of these up here if anyone is interested. Got to find the time to scan, tho.

Jim

Mando Medic
Feb-20-2006, 9:31pm
Here are some old parts. Kenc

Jim Garber
Mar-10-2006, 11:28pm
Some tuners from the 1901 Tonk Brothers Catalog.

Jim

Jim Garber
Mar-10-2006, 11:34pm
This tailpiece #6 1/2 pictured above, sold on eBay recently.

Jim

Jim Garber
Jun-17-2006, 10:15pm
Here is a case I bought on eBay a month or so ago. All molded wood and looks to me designed to fit a Roman style mandolin (my Carlo Columbo Bruno in it).

Jim

Jim Garber
Jun-17-2006, 10:17pm
Here it is, closed.

Jim

Jim Garber
Apr-09-2008, 10:13am
Gotta keep this thread alive. I have some more pages to add in the next few days.

mandolooter
Apr-09-2008, 1:32pm
were ready to see Jim! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

cooper4205
Apr-09-2008, 1:45pm
hey Jim, are most of those picks on the Tonk Brothers page real tortoise?

Jim Garber
Apr-09-2008, 2:00pm
hey Jim, are most of those picks on the Tonk Brothers page real tortoise?
I will check the catalog to see if there are any descriptions, but I think the ones marked tortoise are made of it whereas others are prob celluloid.

David Newton
Apr-09-2008, 4:39pm
Post the address too, I need to order some of that stuff.

Jim Garber
Apr-09-2008, 7:17pm
From an 1898-9 Lyon & Healy catalog, 2 mandolin accessory pages. The first...

I like the extra fine quality TS picks for 85 cents per dozen.

Jim Garber
Apr-09-2008, 7:19pm
Here is the second page from this catalog.

rmayes3
Apr-17-2008, 2:23pm
1934 Fern Pickguard
http://216.30.214.130/f5/images/IMG_8890_0379.jpg

Bruce Clausen
Apr-19-2008, 10:26am
Looks like someone planted one finger pretty hard on that pickguard over a lot of years. Here's a De Armond pickup-- not that old I guess, but you sure don't see them much anymore. I got this one new around 1980, in trade for the guitar version. Which I see Mandolin Bros. now wants $ 1200 for.

Jim Garber
Apr-19-2008, 3:27pm
Looks like someone planted one finger pretty hard on that pickguard over a lot of years. Here's a De Armond pickup-- not that old I guess, but you sure don't see them much anymore. I got this one new around 1980, in trade for the guitar version. Which I see Mandolin Bros. now wants $ 1200 for.
It also could be the start of disintegration. I have a late 1930's EM150 (Charlie C pickup) and it started to crystallize in the center.

I have a similar DeArmond. Yikes! $1200? I have seen them for $100-150 maybe...

Bruce Clausen
Apr-19-2008, 3:48pm
$ 1500 if you want the gold finish! But that's for the guitar version. Fact is, back in the fifties some great jazz guitarists used these on their L-5's, etc. So if you have the guitar, maybe you can be persuaded you need the authentic pickup. But there aren't any mandolin stars to associate these with, so they're not worth much. Good sounding pickup, though.

BC

Rick Jones
Apr-22-2008, 4:24pm
Does anybody deal in these old parts? Mando Medic's post shows a few tailpieces, one of which looks just like the one on my great-grandfather's old Washburn bowlback, and I would love to find a replacement. All the little string hooks are broken off it, and somebody (not me!) attached the strings over the screw which holds the cover shut. It's someething of a mess as it is.

epicentre
Jul-09-2008, 1:36pm
Here's a pic. of the tuners from me old Weymann bowlback. They look a lot like the Lyon & Healy #39, except the posts have rounded tops and the metal is not engraved.

Excellent tuners though. Still very smooth working.

http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif


single G string no accident. Mr. Weymann came with no nut. I had a good ebony nut, but a bit wide, and didn't want to play with the slots...........ergo:..One G string, more or less, only matters in burlesque. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Timbofood
Jul-09-2008, 1:47pm
How cool, once again the Cafe coughs up more really cool old mando "stuff"!

Matt Bowe
Jul-10-2008, 11:50am
Allen's Modern (1935) Method

Matt Bowe
Jul-10-2008, 11:52am
Looks like things haven't changed much...

Matt Bowe
Jul-10-2008, 11:54am
Left hand, right hand..
give 'em a hand, folks!

jim simpson
Jul-11-2008, 10:35pm
Here's a photo of the headstock poster that I've seen discussed in the past here. Mine was given to me all tightly rolled up and wrinkly. I attached it to an adhesive foam board.

jim simpson
Jul-11-2008, 10:37pm
Here's a shot of some parts I grabbed out of a couple of cans.

jim simpson
Jul-11-2008, 10:47pm
This was an interesting discovery to me. I took a basket case saz apart and discovered that the inside of the bowlback had newspaper glued in as a reinforcement, I guess. I would think gauze might have worked better than paper. The paper is not in English.

jim simpson
Jul-11-2008, 10:49pm
Here's another shot.

Jim Garber
Jul-12-2008, 8:10am
A lot of bowlbacks used paper to line the bowl. Some have had metal foil and many of the better Italian-made mandolins have bowls lined with wood shavings. Of course newspapers would be more interesting to read.

Part of it is the prcess of assembling the bowl. If you use some sort of liner you can glue the strips together over a mould and not have it stick to the mould.

Jim Garber
Aug-28-2009, 8:26am
Bump!!!!!

Jim Garber
Feb-21-2010, 10:50pm
I just got outbid on this tuner set. I believe it comes from higher end early Martin bowlback, the elusive model G3 or G5. Prob better that i did get outbid. I am not sure why I wanted it, but it sure is pretty.

BTW the later high-end Martins have the tuner plates on the back of ther headstock. That is why I thought the G-series.

JeffD
Apr-02-2010, 1:35pm
Here's a De Armond pickup-- not that old I guess, but you sure don't see them much anymore. I got this one new around 1980, in trade for the guitar version. Which I see Mandolin Bros. now wants $ 1200 for.

Wow, I used one of those with my first mandolin, way back in the way back. I bet I can find it, if go digging in that big box.

Bruce Clausen
Apr-02-2010, 2:37pm
By all means pull it out, Jeff, but you won't find it's worth much if it's the mandolin version. Good pickup, though.

BC

JeffD
Apr-15-2010, 11:15pm
By all means pull it out, Jeff, but you won't find it's worth much if it's the mandolin version. Good pickup, though.

BC

Found it!

I don't if it was made for mandolin or not, I see that I had to cut a chunk out of the mandolin's pick guard to get it to fit.

I am glad its not called vintage. I would hate to have owned new what folks now call vintage. The other day I saw what people will pay for the lunch box I carried in third grade. Yikes!

David Newton
Apr-20-2010, 10:57pm
Sorry I didn't see this thread Jim, before I started that other. I'll post my tailpieces here so I can claim my "contributor beer".

Mark Gibbs
Apr-20-2010, 11:38pm
Well,this is only 34 years old but I bought it in 1976 when i bought my first mandolin. It still has all the pages but is missing the plastic flexible tear out record that came with it. The thing that it taught the most was how to hold a pick properly and there is only one way:)
I can't make out the last 4 of the phone number at the top of the page??

David Newton
Apr-21-2010, 9:00am
Mark, that book was a best-seller! I still have mine in pristine condition, I wonder if the record is still in there?

Jim Garber
Feb-02-2014, 2:45pm
Interesting point-of-sale card for Bob Clifton's Tu-Way picks (http://www.ebay.com/itm/261388574671) (on eBay) with a pricey starting bid.