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  1. Circa 1940 Mandolin- Flat Top- recessed tuners- very odd.

    This looks like it many have been made by United- or whoever took over the Oscar Schmidt works in the late 1930s. It is a low budget mandolin but it has those recessed tuners that you would see on an...
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    Re: Is this a real Larson?

    Those SAMMO mandolins are almost certainly a Harmony made instrument which would be my opinion on this mandolin's maker.
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    Re: 1930's SS Stewart Mandolin

    A Gibson A-00 was $30 in 1937- so that puts this instrument into context as far as price. My Wards 1642 carved top made in 1936 is essentially a Gibson A50 but without the truss rod. I have no idea...
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    Re: 1930's SS Stewart Mandolin

    Harmony may have made cheap instruments but they weren't plywood so ignore what Magwumps wrote- judge the instrument on its own merits. It was retailed at $30 which is not cheap- you could buy a...
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    Re: 1930's SS Stewart Mandolin

    Your mandolin was $30- reasonably expensive and as I surmised it has a spruce top as per the guitar with a maple body- all good news. My two mandolins are the $16-50 mandolin while that polished...
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    Re: 1930's SS Stewart Mandolin

    You sometimes find with these spiffed up third party instruments, that the wood quality has been sacrificed for a dazzling finish. What gives me hope, is that the guitar version has those expensive...
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    Re: 1930's SS Stewart Mandolin

    Your mandolin does not look like a tight fit in the case and this may mean the pair have come together later in life. However, the case looks like a good one. My S S Stewart for the hard Lifton case...
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    Re: 1930's SS Stewart Mandolin

    I have taken a look at my two S S Stewart mandolins. The superworn one which came with a chipboard case cost $50. It looked a mess- someone had screwed a Gibson style tailpiece on to the bottom rear...
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    Re: 1930's SS Stewart Mandolin

    Here below is another tuxedo style S S Stewart- it has the same logo as your mandolin- but it is a guitar- made by Harmony. It has Waverly Tune Rite tuners- which Harmony used about 1939/40. I have...
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    Re: 1930's SS Stewart Mandolin

    It looks to be a mid-30s Harmony and it is probably based on the Monterey mandolin style. If you look inside you may be able to work out what it is in terms of wood. I have two S S Stewart mandolins...
  11. Thread: Mystery Mandolin

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    Re: Mystery Mandolin

    The Octophone headstock is somewhat like this mandolin but it does have a curve- as was typical of Regal mandolins- to my eye it has always been rather lacking in any flair- but I'm not complaining....
  12. Thread: Mystery Mandolin

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    Re: Mystery Mandolin

    It really is a bit of a mystery. It has clipped tuner plates of a style that suggests 1930s or possibly 1940s. That pickguard is very odd and the rather utilitarian headstock shape, with that...
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    Re: Mystery Mandolin

    It really is a bit of a mystery. It has clipped tuner plates of a style that suggests 1930s or possibly 1940s. That pickguard is very odd and the rather utilitarian headstock shape, with that...
  14. Re: Shocking revelation! Lyon & Healy Style C on eBay

    The good news is he states it is domestic USA only- so you don't have to worry.
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    Re: Metal-Clad Fretboard

    Aluminum was an extremely expensive metal for many years and Napoleon III had some exotic regalia made from it. I think he also gave a banquet where the top echelon guests received gifts made from...
  16. Re: 1939 Regal Custom Mandolin- Carved Top- Two Point- Oval Hole

    This is not a great photo but I picked the Regal up from the luthier on Tuesday. He has made an exact replica of the missing guard and replaced some binding on the edge of the board. He said it was a...
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    Re: Need help identifying Mandolin from Ukraine

    Dave Apollon came from Kiev so that's the most important link the mandolin has to the Ukraine in my opinion. I have a mandolin hand made by the estimable luthier Dick Knight back in 1982. He told me...
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    Re: Need help identifying Mandolin from Ukraine

    I think it is a four course ( eight string) bouzouki and the label appears to be in Greek. "Mousikos Oikos" which means Music House.

    Here is a guy playing one with a guitar backing track:
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  19. Thread: Unknown mandolin

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    Re: Unknown mandolin

    It looks like something from Bruce Wei in Vietnam but there are probably other makers who bling up their instruments.
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    Re: Help ID approx date on L&H bowlback?

    That's a great photo of your grandmother!

    With regard to the tailpiece, the cover may be a replacement but if your mandolin originally had a hinged tailpiece it would probably still have it- as...
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    Re: 1924 Martin Pickguard

    This may be a Martin made S S Stewart and it has a different pickguard to a Martin branded instrument. If Martin made a different style for S S S, then that may have been the same for Dyer but that...
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    Re: Help ID approx date on L&H bowlback?

    Here is a style 215- it has a crown shaped tailpiece cover- but the tuners are not enclosed- and less ribs with dot markers.
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    Re: Help ID approx date on L&H bowlback?

    It looks a lot like a style 220- made from 1905 onward. It is not identical to the one in the book- which has an extra inlay in the board and an engraved coverplate to the tuners and an engraved...
  24. Thread: Reid & co

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    Re: Reid & co

    Take it out of the case every now and again.This is my A. Monzino & Garlandi of Milan mandolin from about 1930. It was almost certainly made by Meinel & Herold of Klingenthal, Saxony and retailed in...
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    Re: Help ID approx date on L&H bowlback?

    At a guess, early 1900s. However, as we cannot see the front of the headstock or the fingerboard, then there may be more to go on for a more exact ID as there will be more detail there. Here is one...
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