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wellvis@well.com
Mar-02-2010, 11:09am
Here's a listing of vintage and old catalogs (http://www.acousticmusic.org/Instrument-Catalogs-sp-87.html) that might be useful to some. For example, the 1923 Gibson F5 Mandolin catalog (http://www.acousticmusic.org/userfiles/file/pdfs/historical-data/Gibson/Gibson%201923%20F-5%20Mandolins.pdf). They're all in PDF format.

carleshicks
Mar-04-2010, 11:30am
Thanks that 23 N Gibson catalog was very interesting

SHORTY
Mar-04-2010, 11:58am
I read in the catalog that the top was bow' and tap' tuned. Did they use an actual violin bow to vibrate the wood?

8ch(pl)
Mar-05-2010, 6:06am
No, they actually used a bow with a blunt tip arrow to zing the top.

Travis Finch
Mar-14-2010, 6:19pm
Thanks for the heads up on these links. I enjoyed having a look, especially the Tonk Bros. catalog.