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    Re: 1917 Gibson A "Mint Condition"

    Yes, some fairly acerbic but pertinent comments regarding the seller's view of what it might be worth based on an old valuation from the days of yore. It is indeed very nice but it is what it is and...
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    1917 Gibson A "Mint Condition"

    It appears to have the necessary provenance. One assumes that the family members were not keen mandolin players and the instrument has been carefully stored for a century.
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    Re: 30's Oval Hole Gibson - Model?

    This was on another thread which I will post. The OP was asking about an A4 and it was identified as an A50. A maple back is in the text.

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    Re: 30's Oval Hole Gibson - Model?

    An A50 was $50 in 1933, all right.

    Yes, I think it is more of an A50 rather than an A4- I would expect a Ritzier extended board on an A4 but a maple back for an A50 but as mentioned above, at...
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    Re: 30's Oval Hole Gibson - Model?

    You would expect a fingerboard extension on an A4 but it's possible the new A50 neck and fingerboard with no binding were used as times were hard and as William Smith mentions. "they used whatever...
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    Re: 30's Oval Hole Gibson - Model?

    It has 11 frets clear of the body like an A50- the A4 is 10 but does not have the bound board as pointed out above which the A50 should have. The Gibson logo and "open book" headstock suggests early...
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    Re: 30's Oval Hole Gibson - Model?

    It might be a rare oval hole A50 if it isn't an A4 although the headstock shape and logo are probably wrong for an A50. A FON number may help identify it. I have those tuner units on a Wards Model...
  8. Re: NMD 1935 Martin A-Style (and a 'lighbulb moment'!)

    That's great, that you have a new love that has been fully requited! That looks like a great mandolin and I hope you can immerse yourself in mandolin playing and mandolin driven music to further...
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    Re: ID help for this mystery machine please

    Here is another German or Czech mandolin- tuners suggest early 1930s, that is very similar in the body shape that sold on eBay in the UK the other day.
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    Carlo Ricordo Flatback 1930s

    This is a rather eye-catching instrument for sale in the UK. Judging by the tuners it is 1930s but it could also be post-war. The case is typical of the 30s or 40s.
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    Re: No makers marks on this one.

    This OS mandolin has similarities and the same tuners. However, we cannot see important aspects of the mandolin in question. I can't help with identifying the tiny tot:...
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    Re: No makers marks on this one.

    My first thought is Oscar Schmidt. I don't know what others might suggest.
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    Re: Advice needed on shipping Gibson A-Jr to UK

    I have bought a number of instruments from the USA and imported them into the UK. My personal experience is that when the instrument arrives in the UK- and in most cases, the carrier has been USPS,...
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    Re: ID help for this mystery machine please

    I think the tuners on the subject mandolin are original and they appear to be 1950s or even 1960s- the buttons are in two pieces and the units themselves appear to be better quality than many you...
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    Re: Help identifying possibly vintage mandolin

    It is probably from the 1890s- possibly not so old and you have the maker's label which you can research yourself. I don't know anything about this maker- possibly others do. It looks like a...
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    Re: ID help for this mystery machine please

    Here is a 1930s version of the type- helpfully marked as being made in Czechoslovakia. You can tell by the tuners and metal bridge, that it is 1930s and it was probably made to be sold by a British...
  17. Re: 1923 A2- To Drill Or Not to Drill? That is the question...

    Darryl, you are spot on with the mandolin's number series and I appreciate your comment. I will continue to mull over this issue- it is not something that has to be finalised immediately- after all...
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    Re: Reverb Gibson 2 Point

    The seller says the bridge is non-original. I would not be so sure, as it could well be original to the Japanese or Korean mandolin body in this lash up.

    Here is a Samick:
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  19. Re: How important is having the original hardshell case?

    I get the distinct impression, that many buyers in the 1930s or early 40s when times had been very hard, that with a limited budget, most was spent on the instrument and although the case was not an...
  20. Thread: Vintage Russian?

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    Re: Vintage Russian?

    Here is one that is more recent in manufacture and the label has less of a "Ministry of Mandolins" feel to it. As my father was a Soviet/Russian expert I used to meet people from the Soviet Union...
  21. Thread: Vintage Russian?

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    Re: Vintage Russian?

    It was made in Leningrad at what may have been the old Zimmerman factory which was nationalised after the 1917 Revolution. There is its number and there may be a date shown - 11-61.
  22. Re: Early 1900s Mandolin. NEED HELP IDENTIFYING!

    You see those tuner units in the 1890s and 1900s but they have brass whereas these are steel plate versions, so it may be further in to the century as you suggest.
  23. Re: Early 1900s Mandolin. NEED HELP IDENTIFYING!

    It is probably a product of one of the Chicago makers and the most likely one is Lyon & Healy, a company that had many brands, the most well-known being Washburn. However, the comapny made...
  24. Thread: Orpheus

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    Re: Orpheus

    I see there is a higher grade one on Worthpoint. My immediate reaction is that it was made in Japan but it may have been made in South Korea. The instrument's value is not a great deal if in good...
  25. Thread: Identify help

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    Re: Identify help

    After the original Kay company closed for business in 1968, various companies have used the brand. This mandolin is from one of these owners and was made most likely in South Korea in one of the very...
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