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  • #26
    Re: Is this a real Larson?

    And from a few Maurers. It seems like the mid-line and fancier had these collars and the others none.
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    • #27
      Re: Is this a real Larson?

      Originally posted by rcc56 View Post
      The majority of Larson mandolins have the distinctive semi-triangular body shape. Despite design variations, all that I have seen have a peghead with radiused sides and without a concave curve at the center of the peak. The single wide diagonally checkered purfling band around the top is uncharacteristic of Larson work, as is the "ebonized" hardwood fingerboard.

      The peghead shape of the OP's inquiry has been used by other Chicago makers, and the purfling pattern and the stained hardwood fingerboard have been used by both Chicago and east coast makers.

      This looks to be a well-built mandolin, but there is little, if anything, that resembles Larson work. There is a lot that resembles the work of others.

      Scot, does your Stahl bowlback have a paper label? It is generally accepted that Stahls with paper labels are not Larson products.
      Yes, my bowlback has a very florid, scripty label.

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      • #28
        Re: Is this a real Larson?

        rcc56, my bowlback does have a scripty, florid label.

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        • #29
          Re: Is this a real Larson?

          I wouldn't mind seeing some pictures of Scot's bowlback mandolin, including one of the label. And a couple of his Stahl flat-back also.

          I also would like to see a clear picture of the purfling on Jim's Maurer, and one of the rosette.

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          • #30
            Re: Is this a real Larson?

            i had a poor condition but playable larson mandolin as attested by hartman who wrote he book. it was ok but i sold it locally for what it cost me and the buyer turned around and posted it on the cafe a quite a mark up. don't know what he got for it. the top had been semi crushed and semi raised again. it had that half way ebony finger board binding. it sounded nice but not fantastic. not a very fancy model, but brazillian rosewood flat back so it had some umph.

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            • #31
              Re: Is this a real Larson?

              Originally posted by rcc56 View Post
              I also would like to see a clear picture of the purfling on Jim's Maurer, and one of the rosette.
              Your wish is my command...

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              • #32
                Re: Is this a real Larson?

                And that is a Larson.

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                • #33
                  Re: Is this a real Larson?

                  And rcc56, here are some pics of my two Stahls. Click image for larger version

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                  Note scripty label in flatback; the bowlback also has the same scripty label. The binding shot is of the flatback and lacks an ebony strip.

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                  • #34
                    Re: Is this a real Larson?

                    The flat-back was not made by the Larsons.
                    Some shots of the bowl-back showing the purfling, rosette, peghead, and fingerboard inlays would be helpful.

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