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  1. Re: Hello! I am new and in need of some bowlback advice.

    Those Suzikis are not very fine instruments to start with. They can be made playable with the right setup only if they don't have structural issues at the first place. Spending a little bit more will...
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    Re: Ermelinda Silvestri - Needs help!

    I would roughly date it in 1910s-1920s. At some stage Silvestri teamed up with another maker Sgroi and had mandolins made under Sgroi-Silvestri joint brand. Then they apparently split and Sgroi...
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    Re: Gibson Banjolin - Info, please!

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  4. Re: 97 cm long mandocello from Germany in 1940's ?

    Germany and 1940's is a good guess. Likely to be made in Markneukirchen, Saxony or in nearby Luby in Czechoslovakia
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    Re: FYI Strange bamboo mandolin

    Pretty unique indeed, possibly one off. Those Catania luthiers have always been very inventive and didn't hesitate to cross the boundaries. Here is another example.
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    Re: Vinaccia 1896 Neapolitan mandolin

    Thanks for the video. From what I've seen the bridge is missing it's bone saddle and could be not original anyway. The neck appears to be OK and if it is so you are in luck, as this is the issue most...
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    Re: Vinaccia 1896 Neapolitan mandolin

    A lovely Vinaccia well worth restoring. The sunken top is usually caused by the loose brace underneath. Sometimes it is possible to re-glue the brace through the hole without taking the top off....
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    Re: Gibson Banjolin - Info, please!

    Just curious if the tuners are the same as on Gibson A style mandolins from the 1920's? Thanks
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    Re: Gibson Banjolin - Info, please!

    OK, got the instrument and here are more photos. The tailpiece is certainly a home-brewed one. The resonator's wood looks exactly the same tone as the rim, so it makes me wonder if it has been there...
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    Gibson Banjolin - Info, please!

    Any info on this banjolin would be appreciated. It has 11600-4 number stamped inside. Model number, year, original/not original parts etc. Many thanks in advance!

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  11. Re: Looking for info on a Victory Star banjolin

    I second for British-made. Unlikely made in Australia. There were local makers in Australia, but they all well known and documented, the ones like Hec McLennan etc. This one doesn't look like one of...
  12. Re: Has anybody heard of an English maker called Frederick Winslo

    Thanks for your comments and the photos. Beautiful instruments indeed!
  13. Re: Has anybody heard of an English maker called Frederick Winslo

    I wonder if anyone have noticed that the letters are addressed to Mr and Mrs Bickford in USA. Mr Zarth Myron Bickford was an author of the Mandolin method and mandolin enthusiast. Mrs Vahdah...
  14. Re: Has anybody heard of an English maker called Frederick Winslo

    A couple of letters from F. Winslow found on website of Uni of California.

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  15. Re: Has anybody heard of an English maker called Frederick Winslo

    Here is the sound sample:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOH9LStZWCk
  16. Re: Raffaele Calace? Knock off? Questionable label.

    100 % Japanese. They even spelt mandolin with R, this is how it pronounced in Japanese.
  17. Re: Has anybody heard of an English maker called Frederick Winslo

    Thanks, Kevin. If you don't mind, please post the photos of your Winslow instruments here for other people's reference and posterity, so to say. Thanks!
  18. Re: Has anybody heard of an English maker called Frederick Winslo

    OK, Winslow No.29 has safely made it across Australia and landed in my hands this morning. I had a pleasure of playing with it, cleaning, restringing and setting it up most of the day today. A couple...
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    Re: Why Red, and What’s This

    Those Russian mandolins were made by Lunacharski factory in St. Petersburg (Leningrad back then). Not only red, there was also black paint available for improvised painted pickguards :) As for the...
  20. Re: Has anybody heard of an English maker called Frederick Winslo

    I thought that the mandolin in question would be a nice add on to my humble mandolin collection, so have hit the button and now the Winslow mandolin in on it's way to me.
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    Re: Embergher Instruments best period

    I'd like to share my somewhat limited experience with Embergher instruments I was lucky to play, made from 1890's to 1916, only one was model 5, all others were models 1, 2 and 3. All instruments...
  22. Re: Would love to get more info on these 2 bowlbacks

    IMO 1910 to 1920
  23. Re: Would love to get more info on these 2 bowlbacks

    Both mandolins are made in Catania, Sicily. German sticker inside is the one of the retailer. As Mick mentioned before, the one with the dragon is distinctly Roman in shape, although with a bit of a...
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    Re: Italian Bowl back case

    Hi Jim. I have spoken to the guys in the past. They make some nice guitars I was thinking of importing (I did not in the end). Most Chinese companies would quickly reply to enquiries via alibaba.com...
  25. Re: Are there any Luigi Embergher fakes? How to ID?

    Answering the very question from OP, yes, there were some LE fakes floating around. Most were pretty obvious to the trained eye. There was one I can recall with a LE advertisement inside rather than...
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