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    Re: A real Gibson A two point?

    That Ventura for sale in the UK represents the current market value for one of these mandolins....
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    Re: Chinese mandolins

    Yes, I have mine and I still play it. However, I bought a 1939 Regal Custom Shop mandolin and that has a slightly wider board which means when I play the other mandolins I have, like my Feeling...
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    Re: Chinese mandolins

    Yes, the mandolin sounds great- nice ringing tone- it is not a turkey!
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    Old F4 Mandolin Neck- Bonus Cheap Body

    The seller states it is an F4 neck. Somebody may want this:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/gibson-mandolin/333608345241?hash=item4dac9b5e99:g:S5MAAOSwq9FezG99
  5. Re: From "an antique store", Kay? Sears? Silvertone? Thanks

    German made tuner units, so it is European in origin. Seeing the back of the body would be of interest. The tuners appear to be 1930s at the latest but old tuner units could be used on an instrument...
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    Re: b & s Barrington mandolin

    The guitar is almost certainly a B & S Master- it is not one of the Hensel Artist guitars R S Williams & Sons sold- which are it seems X-braced. This guitar is a more humble instrument judging by its...
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    Re: b & s Barrington mandolin

    It appears the guitar was made by R S Williams in Canada. I'm not sure about the mandolin which has more than a passing resemblance to a Regal made instrument. The guitar has had a tailpiece added...
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    Re: A real Gibson A two point?

    That link does not show the mandolin now. Perhaps, since it was posted here, somebody has contacted him and suggested what has been outlined here. With that price- over 1500 euros, it suggests one of...
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    Re: A real Gibson A two point?

    My first decent mandolin which I bought in 1977 and I still have was a two point Suzuki. It has exactly the same tailpiece with that stylised S on the tailpiece cover. Of course, that S could be an...
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    Re: Louis Patenotte Mandolin in UK 1940s?

    That mandolin has sold- I am not surprised as I thought it was very good value. With regard to my big old Kay, these guitars came were made at three price points. Obviously, I did not want the bottom...
  11. Re: When was this Melody Minor Mandolin-Banjo made

    Reliance mostly made banjos in large numbers- sold in the main by third parties but the company did make guitars in the 1930s- flat tops and archtops. Here is one that was owned by Pete Overend Watts...
  12. Re: When was this Melody Minor Mandolin-Banjo made

    It was made in Birmingham in the 1930s at the Reliance Works of George Houghton & Sons- also known as G H & S or Reliance. In the 1930s during the Great Depression, G H & S adopted the "lion...
  13. Re: 1923 A2- To Drill Or Not to Drill? That is the question...

    I will look for the viola version and I appreciate the advice on the pitfalls of using this method. You never, know, I might get the original right clamp- given time but I think my best chance was...
  14. Re: 1923 A2- To Drill Or Not to Drill? That is the question...

    Interestingly, Paul Fox's pickguard is only $15 less than the one with the clamp that I did not bid on, as I mentioned. In fact Paul Fox's pickguard is for an earlier mandolin with two pins into the...
  15. Re: 1923 A2- To Drill Or Not to Drill? That is the question...

    I agree, I can leave the pickguard off- I don't have to mount the guard but I bought it to use it. What I did not mention, was that one with the clamp that was "Loar Era" was on eBay the very next...
  16. 1923 A2- To Drill Or Not to Drill? That is the question...

    I bought an A2 in 1996 and when I bought it- as this is pre-internet and my knowledge was limited, I bought the mandolin because it had great tone and volume- I knew nothing about snakeheads and...
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    Re: Louis Patenotte Mandolin in UK 1940s?

    Yes, I realise that the Fretboard Journal was about the "double top" aspect of the mandolin, whereas this is a typical European flat back. The article gives some history and context for the firm. I...
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    Re: Help me identify this bowlback please!

    I don't think that darker wood is rosewood, which a Washburn would have for the bowl, so I agree that it is probably not a Washburn model but another Lyon & Healy brand.
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    Louis Patenotte Mandolin in UK 1940s?

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lovely-Vintage-French-Mandolin-made-by-Louis-Patenotte-in-Mattaincourt-Vosges/202976175865?hash=item2f4252a6f9:g:sTUAAOSwuEBewqwa

    This looks like quite a nice mandolin...
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    Re: 50's Kay Jumbo Restoration

    I have never seen that logo- sawing off the top of the Silvertone logo- do you think it has been doctored by someone? One of my jumbos was made about 1950 and sold as an S S Stewart. Here is one that...
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    Re: Help me identify this bowlback please!

    It is generally reckoned that refinishing is bad news- touching up where necessary with care is one thing but a big makeover is not recommended although as the instrument is not valuable this is not...
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    Re: Help me identify this bowlback please!

    I think it is probably a Washburn made by Lyon and Healy from the 1890s/1900s- nice brass plate tuners. It is an entry level mandolin for a student- this is typified by the small number of...
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    Re: Help Identifying Unbranded Mandolin

    Using a guitar as a pogo stick- that's novel! I hope your mandolin is repaired and it is good to be enthusiastic about these unstoried instruments. That mandolin I posted up which I think was made in...
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    Re: 50's Kay Jumbo Restoration

    I cannot recall seeing those bolts on Harmony guitars. My Harmony guitar with a bolted bridge has basic Phillips screw head bolts for this. Obviously, those guards come in black and white/cream. It...
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    Re: 50's Kay Jumbo Restoration

    I have just paid a large sum for a 1920s A2 pickguard. I may post up a question regarding it as it does not have the clamp but the small fixing that is screwed into the side of the mandolin. My...
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