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    Re: Incredibly bizarre old banjo-mandolin

    Interesting tuner plates on what look to be Waverly tuners. I wonder if the plate ends have been modified which if they have, has been done to a fairly intricate shape- certainly, not taking the easy...
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    Re: Nice Looking F4 at Music Folk

    Play those nickel strings to death for a while and then restring the instrument and I hope you will get a major lift when you first start playing with the strings of your choice. I'm glad it has all...
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    Re: Inherited Prestige 8 string - year made?

    If before you string it up, you unscrew a few of those tuner units on one side- two in a row, perhaps, if you find other screw holes, you will know the tuners are replacements. My hunch is that they...
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    Re: Inherited Prestige 8 string - year made?

    I am pretty confident that those are Japanese tuners from the 70s- they are very similar to those on my mandolin that was made in Japan by Ibanez. I don't think it would be possible to confirm the...
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    Re: Inherited Prestige 8 string - year made?

    You need to show photos of the tuners and the back as well- this may help identify where it was made. I have a Japanese made mandolin from the mid-70s with metal tuner buttons. The instrument was...
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    Re: A mystery mandolin on Craigslist

    The tuners look Japanese.
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    Re: Nice Looking F4 at Music Folk

    Well done! It looks superb and I hope it lives up to or exceeds your expectations!
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    Re: Heilp ID my The Gibson Mandolin

    Yes, Sheraton brown came in during 1918 and those tuners were used until about 1922. Also about that time and certainly by1923 and possibly before, Gibson began fitting the truss rod and introduced...
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    Re: Interesting Sound Hole Decoration- Bowlback

    Yes, the cracks have been fixed but they take the edge off the instrument's appeal- but the seller tells us it sounds great and it may be a reasonable buy despite the cracks although it may fail to...
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    Re: Help ID my The Gibson Mandolin

    It seems your photos are invalid for some reason.
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    Re: Interesting Sound Hole Decoration- Bowlback

    Mick, I agree with the word "awesome" for that scratchplate! My order of nations is my opinion of the most likely makers although the sheer elan of the inlay and its design had me thinking Catania-...
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    Interesting Sound Hole Decoration- Bowlback

    Sadly, the top is cracked. I'm not sure where it was made in Europe- Germany, Bohemia or Italy in about 1930 I would guess. It looks to be a good quality instrument with that amazing decoration!
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    I believe that the label probably has AMERICAN MADE (which may be a bare-faced lie- but I think it is American) top and bottom with the brand name in the middle and we can only see one letter. We...
  14. Re: Please Help ID Instrument - Partial Label and Pat 88 Tuning P

    European tuner units- and I think they are European- German, that is, were imported into the USA- especially in the late 19th century. My guess, is that the top word on the label is "American" which...
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    Re: Lovely Regal Bowlback & Leather Case

    Yes, it's a shame he could not get good photos of the labels as I think you would be proved correct that the mandolin was made in Indianapolis.
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    Re: Lovely Regal Bowlback & Leather Case

    Bob Carlin in his Regal book shows a virtually identical mandolin- a model "122-72" which he suggests may be the model and serial number- his example does not have the tailpiece cover. It may just be...
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    Lovely Regal Bowlback & Leather Case

    I think the seller is a bit optimistic regarding the price but it is a lovely instrument and the case is also a valuable item.
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    Re: Rest in Peace - Byron Berline passes

    Very sad news, indeed. Here is Byron with The Flying Burrito Bros- taking a neat fiddle solo. This song with an almost identical rendition appeared on The Last of the Red Hot Burritos the same year...
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    Re: A lovely old 1907ish A4 .. but wait ...

    I imagine that "seller refurbished" may be an eBay category. Clearly, he has mended the mandolin and has pointed out that he has not disguised the fact that it is mended. In all other respects, the...
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    Re: A lovely old 1907ish A4 .. but wait ...

    She's back and repaired!

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/154523905096?hash=item23fa57ac48:g:FJMAAOSwP25g1Lk0
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    Re: Tuners for my German arch back mandolin

    This seller in Poland had some brand new 1930s German tuner units- they have now been sold. He has this one strip for a 12 string mandolin now. If you have what you want- that's great but German...
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    Re: Name This 30s Mandolin!

    Well, there were no more bids. Let's hope the winner is not thinking it might have been made by Gibson!
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    Re: Another odd Mandolin needs ID

    I agree entirely that the case does not prove anything although it may be original and just tells you that the instrument wa possiblys retailed new in that country- which may well be the UK for this...
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    Re: Another odd Mandolin needs ID

    The rusty latches on the case make me think of Reliance of the UK- 1930s- as does the internal colour. If you clean the latches you may see some markings. I think the mandolin is definitely European...
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    Re: Name This 30s Mandolin!

    It has now reached $410, so there are those that think it may be something special- and I suppose it might be although I would not pay that much for it as an "unknown" instrument.
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