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  1. Re: Review: Carlo Mazzaccara Lucia bowlback mandolin

    I was speaking with John Bernunzio on the phone last year and he said he used Dogal medios on his Gibson A (don't remember which model).

    I haven't gotten around to trying that but look forward to...
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    Re: DeMeglio serial numbers and lables

    Very much so....DeMeglio was active making mandolins from ~1893 into the early '20s.
    That's a pretty long stretch. A lot of their mandolins wound up being sold in England and we also see labels...
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    Re: Wurlitzer mandolin

    Wow. How time flies....

    The Weyman bowlback I was referring to just a few posts above is long gone....sold off to a fellow in Switzerland of all places.
    Embarrassed to say I kind of forgot...
  4. Re: From "an antique store", Kay? Sears? Silvertone? Thanks

    Headstock shape has roughly DeMeglioid vibrations as well. So do the jumbo pearl fret markers.

    However, this is not a DeMeglio mandolin....and nothing Brother Jim has said should be taken to...
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    Re: DeMeglio serial numbers and lables

    Thank you, Ntone!
    An interesting addition to the ongoing DeMeglio archive.
    #9451 is now the earliest SN for 1900 that we have, and moves the marker back 50 mandolins.
    Current recorded range for...
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    Re: Help me identify this bowlback please!

    That was my initial reaction, Graham, as I understand how these were built having taken apart any number of Italian bowls, including a few adventurous attempts at neck resets.

    This was from a...
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    Re: Help me identify this bowlback please!

    I'd agree, Allen, that the ciotola de due legni seemed to be phasing itself out at L+H by the early '00s. If it were a labeled Washburn then I think an '90s estimate is on the money. How long it...
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    Re: Louis Patenotte Mandolin in UK 1940s?

    I just learned that people from Mattaincourt are referred to as Mattaincurtiens...

    Evviva i mandolini francesi!

    Mick
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    Re: Help me identify this bowlback please!

    Likely made by Lyon and Healy, but from one of their (many) other lines.

    But not a Washburn. If it were....there would be a label saying it was and there would likely be a model number on the...
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    Re: A photo of our Mandolin

    Somewhere in the North of Wales. As the sun rises in the morning sky, a man reaches for his keyboard......

    Mick
  11. Re: Old photos - a hodgepodge of musicians - folkies +

    Wikipedia has AG topping off at 5'9". Relatively tall considering his partner is 5'3".
    Both numbers coming as a bit of surprise to me.

    Mick
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    Re: Bradbury mandolin

    Bradbury, of course, is also the name of iconic LA building, featured in the penultimate scene in Blade Runner and numerous other movies.

    The name may well have inspired some local value for...
  13. Re: 1890's Hartmann Bros & Reinhard Bowlback, rare

    Fair play to you. Looks like a fine instrument. I appreciate the sleek bowl profile, if that isn't a photo distortion.
    Allen or Jim or one of the NYers here might have more information on the...
  14. Re: Could someone help with information on this old Mandolin

    It is a pretty nice looking mandolin..

    Could be #22...as in CS's 22nd mandolin but I'm supposing the "22" refers to the street address on Via Gaetano Filangieri. In Italy you'll often you'll see...
  15. Re: Could someone help with information on this old Mandolin

    Well..... Via Gaetano Fiiangieri is in Naples.

    Carmine Silvestri made mandolins under his own name with other labels ...from another address where he touted being a student of the brothers Calace....
  16. Re: Could someone help me identify this old bowl back?

    Neck position doesn't look real bad. Looks as if there is a bit of deformation of the top around the sound hole. This area is under a lot of stress when the mandolin is strung up and in tune.
    ...
  17. Re: Could someone help me identify this old bowl back?

    Great photo, Victor! Thanks for sharing that.

    Mick
  18. Re: Early 1900s(?) A-Style Identification Help

    Kyle, my guess is that this is from Chicago, circa late '20s to later '30s.

    Looks to be a rotary cut (birch?) top or perhaps that's the top ply of a wood laminate top.

    Our friend, Mike, will...
  19. Re: Could someone help me identify this old bowl back?

    I agree with Bob. From many details (thin fretboard, fretboard end curve following soundhole, tailpiece, double coursing of top binding) I would venture this was Italian made, and given your...
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    Fluted rosewood bowl Embergher. Very nice, Jim.

    Mick
  21. Re: Observations about a Calace on Reverb please?

    Bro Eug...I have a Cristofaro mandolin which has superb bass projection. It got me wondering whether the D sound hole also had an underlying effort to modulate the instrument's sound.

    When I was...
  22. Thread: Resonators

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    Re: Resonators

    Nossir! Would enjoy doing that.

    Yours looks muy funkioso...Please tell us about how it sounds and plays!

    Mick
  23. Thread: Resonators

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    Re: Resonators

    Doh. Sorry, Allen. That is the place. I am a stereotypical myopic Texan with a regional version of the Saul Steinberg view of the US map.
    All those little NE states get me confused. Not...
  24. Re: Observations about a Calace on Reverb please?

    Jump. On. It.

    Mick
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    Re: Patriotic WW1 German Mandolin

    At the risk of having Mike (understandably) smacking me down, it's worth recalling that Ditson came out with it's "Hegemony" line of mandolins just a decade or so before WW1: Victory, Conqueror, and...
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