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nicholasbarr
Apr-26-2004, 9:22am
A friend has a Biehl Style 28 mando (circa 1895) for sale. Looking for possible value, anyone interested in purchasing.

Bob A
Apr-26-2004, 10:51am
I'm not familiar with Biehl. A few photos of front and back would be very helpful, if you can provide them.

Jim Garber
Apr-29-2004, 9:21am
I have seen only one other Biehl in photos and the maker was Tony Biehl of Davenport, Iowa.

Jim

dave17120
Oct-03-2011, 2:19pm
Sorry to ressurect this old thread but I have a customer with a Biehl mandolin..... he says all he can discover is this....

"HISTORY: Biehl made guitars, mandolins and harp guitars between 1894 – 1904 in Davenport Iowa USA."

We are ideally looking for a photo, so we can see what type of tailpiece it had, so we can try and replace it as close to the original as possible. Any Photos anywhere???? Especially of tails.....

Thanks, Dave

Jim Garber
Oct-03-2011, 4:02pm
Here you go... hard to see the tp but it is all I have. it looks like those three-lobed tps that sometimes appear on Martin bowlbacks (see last pic).

dave17120
Oct-04-2011, 3:28am
Thanks Jim, you are star as usual!! :) Dave

Luiznoia
Jan-17-2012, 4:31pm
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This Biehl Mandolin was given to my cousins grandmother while she was a teen in Davenport. Iowa. I intend to restore it.

Jim Garber
Jan-17-2012, 5:11pm
I love the details: the little doo-hickey on the neck collar; the thin inlay(?) on the cant crease; the inlay on the middle rib (very unusual); the engraved monogram on the tailpiece cover. Is that monogram that of your cousin's grandmother? My mind is a little clouded at the moment but what relation would that grandmother be to you? Your cousin twice removed?

brunello97
Jan-17-2012, 8:43pm
I come from a fairly stable Irish Catholic family-on both sides. My (first) cousins and I share the same grandmother. That is by definition from the 'ideal' family tree, but we all know it can certainly get complicated.

This new Biehl is delightful in its weirdosity. Proportions, details, materials. Would love to attract more information about 'Biehl' and examples of instruments here. The ongoing thread about Harwood instruments is a good example of that here. Great to here about other builders more remote from the East Coast or Great Lakes Rim. Granted Davenport looks closer (and more well connected) to Chicago than I am.

There is an exquisite Biehl mandolinetto on the ebay right now.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-TONY-BIEHL-1894-1904-GUITAR-MANDOLIN-DAVENPORT-IOWA-/120841132135

And an interesting discussion of 'Tony Biehl' at this site:

http://qctimes.com/lifestyles/article_2d2391b6-eb3c-5570-ad85-199f954ce8c6.html

Contrary to the writer's opinions about Biehl guitar sourcing, these mandolins don't shout Lyon + Healy to me. Maybe someone else, if not Mr. Biehl.

Mick

Jim Garber
Jan-17-2012, 11:05pm
Nah, not L&H. Thye look pretty unique tho the headstock on the mandolinetto (does it count as a mandolinetto with an 18" scale?) must come from a premade inlay shop... I have seen identical ones on Ricca and other instruments.

Jim Garber
Nov-25-2013, 9:21am
There is an exquisite Biehl mandolinetto on the ebay right now.


I am pretty sure that this is the same Biehl mandolinetto (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=261338890751) on eBay again.

I was going to say that the BIN price is reasonable but then I saw that it will need neck work.

Tavy
Nov-26-2013, 4:16am
I am pretty sure that this is the same Biehl mandolinetto (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=261338890751) on eBay again.

I was going to say that the BIN price is reasonable but then I saw that it will need neck work.

Ouch, better hope that has a dovetail that can be reset...

brunello97
Nov-01-2015, 7:04pm
Another Biehl mandolin has turned up on the ebay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-CUSTOM-MANDOLIN-WITH-ORIGINAL-CASE-BY-TONY-BIEHL-CIRCA-1895-1904-/151860568671?hash=item235b98625f:g:2CwAAOSwjVVViJG n) with the by now anticipated enthusiastic deployment of bling.

Some noteworthy other details:

_the Vish neck profile

_Larson-esque revelation of ebony fretboard below binding

_contouring of fretboard end to match soundhole curvature (a very Italian detail not often seen in the US)

The unfortunate neck crack might put a little pressure on that wishful BIN price.


Mick