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    Re: Help identifying an old bowlback

    I've heard that headstock shape referred to as the "open book" which took me a little while to catch on to. Pretty funny.

    It's the classic headstock shape that Vinaccia used for ever and so one...
  2. Re: Identifying bowlback mandolin and question about black inside

    Thanks, Stephanie...I do enjoy playing bowlbacks (among other mandolins) and have owned perhaps more than I deserve but have learned an enormous amount here at the MC on the long running "Bowlbacks...
  3. Re: Identifying bowlback mandolin and question about black inside

    Fair play to you, Stephanie, on the aquistion and for the choice of Dogal strings. They will sound great on this. Hopefully, the lighter weight Dolce set.

    Not to be too picky, but this is not...
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    Re: Catania Creation? Very colourful.

    Thanks for including this.

    I own a Cristofaro bowlback, much less ornate than this but with the decidedly bass biased soundhole.

    Calace was also experimenting with soundhole shape and location...
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    Re: Catania Creation? Very colourful.

    If I had to guess, I wouldn't guess Catania / Sicilia.

    Given the fretboard inlay and goofy scratchplate and smoking-gun tailpiece, I think your Centro-Europe proposition is more than likely...
  6. Re: Your favourite manufacturer offers you a signature model

    This here gent wants one meatball.

    Lots of great versions of this chestnut.

    Here's Ry Cooder's.

    Mick


    Oooh... here's Josh White's delivery.
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    Re: Can anybody tell me what I have?

    Why am I not surprised...?

    David knows what it's called and you have one. :)

    Mick
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    Re: German style Mandolin

    Fair play to you, Sebastiaan.

    Please keep us in mind and keep us informed on that.

    Sounds like a wonderful idea. Napoli in November, too.


    Mick
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    Re: bowl back mandolin

    A lot of things are pointing towards Sicilia with this instrument.

    Our friend here, David, refers to these 12 stringed instruments as "Sicilian mandolins" with good reason.


    Those strings look...
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    Re: My first Bowlback

    I have a few Italian bowlbacks with a combination brass nut / string spacer and zero fret.

    The assumed wisdom is that with a zero fret that open strings would sound more the same as fretted ones....
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    Re: P. Bianculli?

    Joe, this is the era Sheri Mignano has documented in her "Mandolin Heroes in America" but unfortunately Bianculli's name doesn't show up there.

    I wonder if she might have some information, though....
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    Re: Bowlback mandolin, exploded

    Wow. The elephant had good aim.

    Good luck with the rebuild.

    Are you planning to post some "in progress" photos of the work?

    When I was first playing bowlbacks, I bought a few corpses as...
  13. Re: Who thinks this is really an refurbished antique Italian mand

    From the tuners and the overall design of the mandolin, I do think this was originally of Italian, or more precisely Sicilian, origin.

    The amount of bling is very restrained as compated to the...
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    Re: L & H Leland Brilliantone

    Thanks, Nick.

    I posted this one, with some commentary of course, over on the "Flatbacks of Note" thread a couple weeks ago.

    It's an interesting mandolin as varies from the numerous Leland...
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    Re: Reset bowlback mandolin neck

    I’ll second (or third) the recommendation for the Calace Dolce strings, Bernie.
    I’ve been using them on my bowls and flat backs for years. They seem to last forever.

    I put a set of the Dogal...
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    Re: Ermelinda Silvestri - Needs help!

    I have some Silvestri mandolins in my files with some rather ornate tailpieces, such as the one attached.

    Cawhite...from my limited vantage point of about a dozen Silvestri mandolins, it appeared...
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    Re: Interesting crack on shopgoodwill?

    I haven't played an A-40 but have played a number of "low end" Eastmans.

    That's a pretty low bar to set.

    They did look like a mandolin someone might like to be seen playing.

    "Cotton In Your...
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    Re: Vinaccia disection

    I wonder if the deeper braces on the Italian bowls were in support of the induced curvature on the tops?

    That link you have to the "original" Vinaccia bracing is illustrative.

    That top is...
  19. Re: Global Musical Instruments NYC Bowlback

    I've owned a couple Favilla bowlbacks which are very very nice mandolins. I've seen their sort-of copies of Martin flatbacks, but never of a Martin bowlback.

    But I've never owned a Globe...
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    Re: Bowlback- Harmony? Supertone

    As a proponent of public university education (of which I am employed) I find the Ivy League pricing very funny...particularly if they really are the same instruments...which now Nick has...
  21. Re: Newly Completed Brescian Mandolin in Walnut and Maple

    Thanks, David.

    You know, I went back to look again on your photos and I realized what threw my eye off...being only single strung, there is a tad more distance between the edge of the fretboard...
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    Re: Essay on Mandolin Orchestras

    Thanks, Lee, for your work on this fascinating topic and for sharing it here.

    I also find the feedback from others to be helpful to my own learning as well.

    For me, Robert's point bears...
  23. Re: Newly Completed Brescian Mandolin in Walnut and Maple

    Beautiful work, David. A pleasure to the eye and I'm certain to the ear.

    I am an architect and a furniture and industrial designer, though not an instrument designer.

    The task of designing...
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    Re: Vinaccia disection

    So, John, now that I've had a chance to pour over your photos and description, I've got a couple questions for you, too.

    1. I notice the fairly sharply sloped front (existing) brace from bass...
  25. Re: Laberte et Magnié mandolin of uncertain vintage

    A large stash of labels to work through? ;) That might be a quick postwar fix.

    I used to play in a little (now sadly defunct) accordion gruppo with a woman who was a graphic designer for GM. ...
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