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  1. Re: 1940s/50s Leo Master Mandolin- United of NJ?

    There were several different decals used on the banjos, one of which was identical to the one on this mandolin. https://imgur.com/0wJUFEG.jpg
  2. Re: 1940s/50s Leo Master Mandolin- United of NJ?

    Yup, looks like a United product to me. I have a Sorkin catalog from the late '50s showing a Leo Master banjo; an identical mandolin is in there too, but it's listed as the Blue Comet model 500.
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    Re: Grandpa's S.S. Stewart - Help request

    This mandolin was built by Harmony. It's an uncommon body shape for them which dates the mandolin to the early-mid '30s. It also has an early-style Stewart logo on the front of the headstock that...
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    Re: 1940s/50s United of NJ Mandolin?

    Not United. I do see some areas of resemblance, but they didn't use that body or headstock shape. I actually think this instrument pre-dates United; stylistically it looks more like the '30s than...
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    Re: Vega cylinderback info

    Just to be clear - the banjo and mandolin serials may come reasonably close for some eras, especially in the early years before banjo production skyrocketed. For the Pettine Special, the banjo list...
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    Re: Vega cylinderback info

    The electric serials line up with the acoustic serials from the same period; there doesn't appear to be a separate list for electrics. While the cylinder-backed mandolins came out in 1912, the tenor...
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    Re: Vega cylinderback info

    The earliest Vega electric mandolins and guitars have serials in the 35000 range; that would put them 1919-1920 on the banjo list, but Vega did not start building them until around 1935. The earliest...
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    Re: Vega cylinderback info

    There is absolutely no question that the mandolins DO NOT follow the same serial scheme as the banjos. The dates would be off by 10-15 years, depending on the era. There is no known list of serials...
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    Re: Gibson EM-1235 with TWO MANDOLIN NECKS

    I think they were going for a mandolin equivalent to the Double 12 guitar: one neck with single courses, the other neck with doubled courses. Perhaps the upper neck was strung in octaves?
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    Re: This Repurposing Thing Has Gone Too Far

    If it were a banjo there would be nothing unusual about it!


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    Re: Unknown archtop mandolin from USA ?

    That's a very European-looking mandolin. I can believe it's from the '50s, but I strongly doubt it was made in the US.
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    Re: Kay mandolin identification

    It's a K-72. This model was introduced sometime after 1942, appeared in the 1944 catalog, and was gone by the 1948 catalog. The writing does look like a date, but it's not from the factory. The...
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    Re: One more which tuning is best?

    Aside from appealing to mandolin players, 5ths tunings cover a wide range of notes with just 4 strings.
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    Re: One more which tuning is best?

    +1 for GDAE. I always use CGDA on tenor banjo, but the larger soundboard of a guitar - even a small guitar - just seems to work better with the lower tuning.
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    Re: Not your average Gibson tenor

    I did some more research today. Some of my sources turned out to be incorrect when I looked at comparable instruments, and I discovered what appear to be the original tuners and bridge wheels in the...
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    Not your average Gibson tenor

    This was sold as an L-7C tenor, but it clearly isnít. The body is 16Ē, smaller than an L-7, and Gibson only used the Florentine cutaway on these smaller bodies. Thatís OK by me Ė I prefer smaller...
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    Re: C. Bruno and Son

    Based on the 1917 catalog it appears to be a model 145.
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    Re: Where in Chicagoland did this one come from?

    I think the other four on that page are indeed Regals, but the 2923 isn't. Even if we're wrong about it being Harmony, the body shape, headstock and tailpiece look like they came from somewhere...
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    Re: Where in Chicagoland did this one come from?

    Agreed on all of that.

    I've been trying to ID the model; no exact matches, but this model from ca. 1926-7 has approximately the same trim. I suspect my mandolin is earlier because it has the...
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    Where in Chicagoland did this one come from?

    It's a Howard mandolin, distributed by Wurlitzer. It was previously tentatively identified as a Lyon & Healy, but a few details such as the headstock shape & inlay, the heel design, the volute and...
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    Re: Is This A Larson?

    I don't see anything Larson-esque about that mandolin - or the one in the book. I'm actually getting an east-coast vibe from it rather than Chicago. It is definitely a nice instrument in...
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    Re: Metal-Clad Fretboard

    I'm guessing it's from Wolfram, a company that made mandolins and guitars with aluminum fretboards in the 1890s and 1900s.
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    Re: Unusual Electric Tenor/Mandolin/Uke

    Very interesting - Kauer makes nice stuff, but I've never seen anything other than a 6-string from them before. With that scale, it would make a nice mandola.

    The string spacing is very easy to...
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    Re: United Faux Resonator Mandolin Circa 1940

    Looking at the screw holes around the top, I think it was something similar to this one but missing the cover plate.
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    Re: United Faux Resonator Mandolin Circa 1940

    The mandolins are common under other names, but anything with the United name is a rarity. Not valuable, but rare. The factory built a run of guitars (and, apparently, mandolins) to debut under their...
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