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  1. Re: Drop Box is now available for Italian 'ballo liscio' sheet mu

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    Un posto a parte merita la celeberrima Core 'ngrato, musicata da Salvatore Cardillo e pietra miliare della canzone napoletana. Questa potente lirica, struggente ed emozionante, ...
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    Re: G. Bauer Bowl Back Mandolin Project

    Thankfully, getting a neck off and reset on a US built bowlback is a slightly easier task.
    The thicker fretboard allows for easier removal to access the (typical) dovetail joint in the neck block....
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    Re: Vinaccia vs Embergher vsCalace Video

    Very good point, Jeremy. For the piece that Victor was playing the slight shimmer in the Neapolitan bowls sounded best to my ear.
    The LE sounded crisp and clear and wonderful as expected. Maybe...
  4. Re: Circa 1924 Lyon & Healy Style B with differences!

    This one looks more like a carved top. Thoughts? Retracting that thought....

    Dude, do you have instrument in hand? Just stick your finger in the sound hole and feel around. You can tell if it's...
  5. Re: Italian mandolin by Antonio & Linda Calsolaro "Te Vojo Bene A

    Wonderful, Frank. Thank you. Enjoying with my morning buon caffe.

    Mick
  6. Re: Circa 1924 Lyon & Healy Style B with differences!

    The one-piece L+H As are the ones you remember but the 2-piecers can look quite nice, too.

    Mick
  7. Re: Circa 1924 Lyon & Healy Style B with differences!

    Is a photo of the label available to see?

    Mick
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    Re: G. Indelicato Contarino 's old mandolin

    Nick, I really can't even venture a date. So many differences between them all!
    What is interesting is that the one on the YouTube video has a zero-fret and Takis's and the others I posted do...
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    Re: G. Indelicato Contarino 's old mandolin

    Yes, there are problems associated with working from home.....;)

    One more bit on Indelicato Contarino. This interesting discussion on an Italian guitar forum (for the Italian readers amongst us)...
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    Re: G. Indelicato Contarino 's old mandolin

    Wondering how the YouTuber knows it is from 1915 if GIC didn't date his labels?

    Mick

    Here's another conversation from a few years back about Contarino's mandolins and guitars. Looks like I...
  11. Re: Italian mandolin by Antonio & Linda Calsolaro "Te Vojo Bene A

    Thank you, Frank!
    What a wonderful way to start the day!
    Could I convince you to post a few more of your other favorites from this delightful couple? ;)

    (I could look them up myself, of course,...
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    Re: G. Indelicato Contarino 's old mandolin

    Hello Takis!
    In my files I have a few examples of Contarino's mandolins including no. 220! Just a few later than yours. I am posting a couple labels which have different addresses for his shop.
    I...
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    Re: What is it? UK auction.

    Perhaps a J. Farquhar Schmergel?
    Mugwumps site suggests there were English cousins.
    It exhibits some traits.
    JFS was a known rapscallion in the extended Schmergel fambly.
    Fully capable of...
  14. Re: String-less Mandolin by Vinaccia, Vihuela & Larson Co.

    Give it a go, Allen!
    The mariachi bands in Austin / San Antonio tend to be very gig oriented, like you are. Very fluid personal.
    I'm on a few email group lists for fun and folks are always...
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    Re: Virtual St Patrick's Day

    Fair play to you, hermano.
    Thanks for bringing a wonderful ray of sunshine in these complicated times.

    Mick
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    Re: Another old bowlback here. What is it?

    Agreed. Itaiian. Neapolitan style with heavy Vinaccia-n influence. Maybe made in Napoli, maybe in Sicily. Casini was likely a labeler, as Victor suggests.

    None of that takes a smidgeon away...
  17. Re: String-less Mandolin by Vinaccia, Vihuela & Larson Co.

    My nephew, Pablo, has been gigging in Austin mariachi bands since he was about 13. He doesn't play a vihuela, but the guitarron, which is essentially fretless.
    He's been making pretty good...
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    Re: Another old bowlback here. What is it?

    Pretty much everything about this says Italian manufacture. Not a chance of it being from L+H.
    A few things of note: the veneer covered neck is a giveaway. The contoured end of the fretboard...
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    Re: Any help identifying old Mandolin?

    I think this is a broad brush description of L+H construction and labeling practices that contains both reasoned insight and some unhelpful hyperbole. The 'match the specs of.....' is a worthy...
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    Re: C F Martin mandolin

    +1 with Jamie. Spruce top / rosewood back is the holy grail of these cant topped mandos in my experience.

    Splendid gift, Mr. OP. I'm enjoying it vicariously with you......

    Mick
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    Re: Any help identifying old Mandolin?

    Let's be clear here folks. This is NOT an American Conservatory mandolin, which L+H always clearly labeled as such. That it resembles the one in the page that Jim posted shouldn't then be a reason...
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    Re: Any help identifying old Mandolin?

    Here's a telling example of the L+H "one rib into two" technique on a model built for the trade in Cleveland, OH.

    Not sure if this was ever fooling anyone, or whether it was used in concert with...
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    Re: Any help identifying old Mandolin?

    L+H American Conservatory mandolins: the best $/value ratio on the used mandolin market.

    Mick
  24. Re: Anyone have information on this very unique bowlback?

    Please, i miei amici are mincing words. This is a crusher mandolin. As wonderful as anything we have seen here in a long, long time.
    I'm far more the fan of the broader Neapolitan tone than the...
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    Re: Gourd mandolin on Shop Goodwill

    Good story. Sounds like a very Texan swimming education system as well.
    Not to disparage i miei fratelli Italiani, but maybe the gourds weren't quite big enough for the job. ;)
    Argungu Fishing...
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