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    Re: Damaged Martin 2-20 ( I think)

    Here is one- I believe it is a carved top.

    https://www.gbase.com/gear/martin-style-20-1929-blonde
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    Foggy Mountain Wedding

    I am making a half-hearted attempt to learn this classic properly- I really ought to knuckle under and nail it. I have been looking at a few videos and came across this one which blew me away. It's...
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    Re: Damaged Martin 2-20 ( I think)

    Perhaps, this one in the eBay auction is less of a labour of love as the damage is less extensive but that is not to minimise the scope of the repair- and that other something or other on the top....
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    Damaged Martin 2-20 ( I think)

    This mandolin has a fairly nasty looking break at the tailpiece and other issues. I imagine some kind of end block augmentation may fix it but I am not a luthier. I would imagine looking at the...
  5. Thread: Curious Mandolin

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    Re: Curious Mandolin

    I didn't mention his name because I had not asked his permission to publish his quote and I think that was only fair to leave him anonymous. He is one of the authors of this book so you may be able...
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    Re: 1909 A4 Gibson Factory Revamped

    It looks to me that it had a pickguard until fairly recently. I would expect to see a difference in the finish in the area protected by the guard if the finish was original. I suppose the seller...
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    Re: 1909 A4 Gibson Factory Revamped

    You can see that every screw- even on the tailpiece, has been replaced by Phillips screws while Gibson upgraded the instrument. That tallies with the instrument being totally stripped back and...
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    1909 A4 Gibson Factory Revamped

    This A4 appears to have received major surgery by Gibson- a refinish that includes a truss rod. Once upon a time, this was probably par for the course but is viewed now with regret although it may...
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    Is This A Larson?

    People are always asking this question it seems- and the answer is a resounding NO! most of the time.

    This Bruno does appear to be a Larson as it is in the book. I know that some have mentioned...
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    Re: Restored Gibson A jr on FB marketplace

    My A2 has been over-lacquered on its top. I have used a cutting compound to gradually remove this layer. You can still see wear etc in the original finish but it does look rather shiny as a...
  11. Thread: Curious Mandolin

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    Re: Curious Mandolin

    One of my friends is a world class luthier and antique instrument expert-specialising in the 19th century. I am not going to mention his name but I sent him the link asking if it was exhibition...
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    Re: Beautiful little shop find identification?

    It is probably from central Europe which includes Germany. However, the key aspects to whether it is worth buying- and spending more money on it cannot be answered from that single photograph. If you...
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    Re: Help Identifying Mandolin

    The "razor edge" style to the headstock- a complete absence of any shaping is interesting. It also adds to the fact that this is not an expensive instrument. I am sure I have seen that headstock...
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    Re: Does mandolin improve guitar technique

    Jerry Reed sang "There are 1865 different ways to play the guitar." If you play the mandolin- which can only really be played in a few ways as compared to the guitar, you will accentuate skills that...
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    Re: Hoping for some help with maker's mark

    Jim, those tuners do add a lot of weight to a Mirecourt maker as they look just like those on the mandolin in question.
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    Re: Hoping for some help with maker's mark

    This is a Mirecourt mandolin with a few similarities but I have to admit as I mentioned in my first post above that this mandolin has some unusual features which do not lend to being able to make an...
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    Re: Hoping for some help with maker's mark

    I don't know if it is a pre-Revolution Russian mandolin. The big firm in St Petersburg was Zimmerman which was taken over by the state after the Revolution. I cannot discern the writing- whether it...
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    Re: Is this old Washburn worth restoring?

    The original ad does state "Tortoise Celluloid Guard Plate." I don't know if this model was made by L & H or was made by Regal for the company. Certainly, Regal made very similar looking instruments...
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    Re: Mandolin gift with no logo on head

    The stylised S is Suzuki. However, that does not mean it was retailed with that brand. I have seen Japanese mandolins with that Suzuki tailpiece that were models sold with Suzuki branding but were...
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    Re: Is this old Washburn worth restoring?

    This model sold for $25 when new.
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    Another Gibson A1- 1935

    Here's another ostensibly in pretty good condition. I don't know if the original tuners are to hand. There a crack in the back- no mention about whether that has been fixed. Looks pretty good and...
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    Re: Late 30s A1 Gibson

    The seller has sold three mandolins- one a beaten up Regal that I bought and featured here and an old Gibson A2 (from memory). The same disclaimers were present in all these auctions and are probably...
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    Re: Late 30s A1 Gibson

    Somehow, I was so busy with the photos that I missed the fact that the FON was in the title! I see the price has advanced more than a little!
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    Re: Late 30s A1 Gibson

    Now, that explains things- I thought that B was an H! That makes complete sense- as 1936 fits neatly into all the obvious dating clues- rather than the H which is in the 1940s.
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    Late 30s A1 Gibson

    I think this is an A1- not an A50 judging by its fingerboard/neck and tailpiece. However, I may be wrong. This seems to pre-date the use by Gibson of Kluson tuners and Phillips screws- the latter...
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