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Peter LaMorte
Mar-18-2008, 12:47pm
Had this mandolin for twenty five years and always wanted to fix it up. So a couple days ago I fixed a couple of cracks, re glue the top to the rim, gave it a re-fret job and here you have it. Strange thing is I sat across from mandolin players looking at them with that "weird" instrument in their hands. After fixing this up and playing it for a week, I'm completely enchanted with the mandolin. It's got some strange hold over me, I can't put it down. Here is a photo my the guitar I built, I'm working on getting a mandolin build going.


Peter LaMorte
Mar-18-2008, 12:50pm
Here's the guitar.

Bill Snyder
Mar-18-2008, 1:11pm
I like the guitar. What plan did you use for it?

Peter LaMorte
Mar-18-2008, 1:24pm
Actually, it was a Kit from John Hall at Blue Creek Guitars.

Mar-18-2008, 1:49pm
Yessir, have fun with it. Ive got one like it. I believe these are from the thirties. Mine sounds very fine also. On a festival I sat jamming by my tent with a couple of buddies and we were giving some tunes a good whipping. Some internationally known mandolin picker walked over from way over the other end of the campground (soccer field) and commented on the Strad-O-Lin that it sounded just like an F mandolin. Ive had numerous people remark on the very nice sound quality of the mandolin. Sounds really vintage and really good not only to my ears. It records pretty well also. Id never give it away. Here it is (unfortunately theres no better photo on my computer):

Mar-18-2008, 2:12pm
Looking at your post title, I found out that I misspelled the mandolin brand. Yes, I pick a Srad-O-Lin too. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif

Mar-18-2008, 2:46pm
Nice Strad. I have found that the early ones with that style of segmented f holes are awesome. I believe the later ones went to the round hole segment style instead of what looks like a comma '

Peter LaMorte
Mar-18-2008, 3:01pm
Too funny I hadn't realized that the spelling was wrong. That's not the first spelling error I've made today #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
PS I heard the srad guy made some pretty nice violins

Mar-18-2008, 10:51pm
I edited the title of the thread to Stradolin to aid in searches for later on.


Mar-19-2008, 7:19am
Nice Strad. I have found that the early ones with that style of segmented f holes are awesome. I believe the later ones went to the round hole segment style instead of what looks like a comma '
From what I've seen that might not be a way to distinguish them. I've seen early ones with round holes.

Mar-21-2008, 4:28pm
your ps is absolutely correct. I found that that srad guy was also building electric instruments. Vintage ones fetch a ton of money. That fella must have access to some potent powers since hes been around for centuries. :cool: http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Apr-05-2008, 4:58pm
US Strad ... Does anyone have information on a "US STRAD" brand of Stradolin? I am told this is a 1950's
Stradolin, but I have never seen this US STRAD marking before. Thanks

Apr-05-2008, 5:11pm
Here's the back view of the US Strad

I was told the following: U.S. Strad was a brand name used by New-York based Strad-O-Lin Company, operated by Hominic Brothers ...this is a vintage 1950's 'A' style mandolin, 13 1/2" long and 10 1/2" wide, solid spruce top, maple back and sides

Bill Snyder
Apr-05-2008, 7:21pm
I am going to state the obvious but the 13 1/2" length must be refering to the body and not the overall length. It does however appear to have an extremely short neck.

Apr-05-2008, 11:15pm
The Hominick thing has never been proven. US Strad was the last name I've seen on Strad-O-Lin genre mandolins. They may have been from later than the 50's.

Apr-05-2008, 11:27pm
I've always been under the impression that the name changed much later than the 40's. I may have some documentation on it, I'll have to look.

Apr-06-2008, 2:33pm
That's a really attractive mandolin! Is there any "figure" in the back (real or not)?