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    Re: A. Galiano anyone seen this style?

    Something fishy / curious here, though, Mike. This Galiano label is all in Italian. The Galiano / Ciano heyday was in the the '00s and '10s.
    This generic model dates from later than that. Newer...
  2. Re: Need opinion on my restored Vincenzo Valluci Mandolin 1922

    Muy coolioso. I'm very interested to get a report back on how this sounds post-repair. The LE influence is obvious, but the body profile appears much stouter....or maybe that is a consequence of...
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    Re: Is this a Lyon & Healy?

    Headstock looks pretty gnarly. Perhaps some kind headstock ornament (Embergherian bottle-opener / HG Wells piece??) might have been broken off?

    I'm resisting the temptation to say it isn't a...
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    Re: Sorting out the Vinaccias

    1943, Victor? Wow. That is super interesting. During the war years....?
    Very Calace-ian with the round sound hole, 'Australia' inlaid stratchplate and headstock.
    Thanks for posting!
    Mick
  5. Re: Who was the first American mandolin manufacturer?

    FWIW, that territory, Upper Louisiana--as well as the lower territory and NOLA, was also actually under Spanish control around that time period having passed over to them following various...
  6. Re: Drop Box is now available for Italian 'ballo liscio' sheet mu

    Amazing story, Sher, from the frontlines in "saving Italian mandolin civilization".....Thanks for sharing.
    And for all the hard work, of course!
    Brings to mind Robert Edsel's book "Saving Italy". ...
  7. Re: Transcribing from sheet music to tab help

    Not to reopen a debate which flairs up around here from time to time, but that would be a pretty straightforward tune to learn to read standard notation (aka Greek dots) on.
    Every Good Boy Deserves...
  8. Re: Showing off my collection of bowlback mandolins

    +1 on Jim's suggestion for a Vega. I think they are the lightest built, most resonant of the big US makers.
    Folks are on to Vega and Martin, of course, so you'll pay a bit more...or park a bit...
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    Re: Flatbacks of note

    Thank you, sir!
    Mick
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    Re: Flatbacks of note

    Thanks, Jim. Now I want to go back and remeasure all my Lelands. :confused:

    Would be super insterested to know if the body dimensions are larger or whether they simply positioned the bridge...
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    Re: Flatbacks of note

    Interesting about the "longer scale" Leland. I've never seen one of these in person. All mine have been the 13" scale. Yours looks like it has a bit of wear on the top north of the cant line...or...
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    Re: L. H. Leland Brilliantone Mando

    Thanks, Allen.

    It's a conversation we are all having here. It's a cafe not inherently a feel-good session, but there is an incredible amount of general support and respect. You think I've...
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    Re: NMD- 1973 Martin A

    Yes, Martin Bs are a little Holy Grail of their own. Rosewood back + spruce top = amazing tone.
    I had a Martin-made-Ditson-Labeled B for some time and chose to move it to finance some house...
  14. Re: Seeking Advice: Seller Misrepresented Condition.

    Dude. I'd want to be buried with that bike.

    Mick
  15. Re: The Sound of the American Mandolin (byT. Williamson) in digit

    Good luck with that. If you turn up a resource please check back in and let us know. I checked our music library here at the university and they don't have it nor does the inter-library loan system...
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    Re: L. H. Leland Brilliantone Mando

    Well, if your measurements are correct it would seem that the bridge location is off and should be 3/16" back from its current location which may put this on the south / Vega side of the top cant of...
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    Re: DeMeglio serial numbers and lables

    Thank you, sir!

    Mick
  18. Re: The Sound of the American Mandolin (byT. Williamson) in digit

    I don't know if it is available in digital format but I do have a copy that I got on VHS and burned it to a dvd disc some years ago. It is a great documentary and I wanted to be able to keep it...
  19. Re: Seeking Advice: Seller Misrepresented Condition.

    Interesting questions....here is a linke to a Flatiron F performer from our friends at the Mandolin store, said to be in excellent condition with "less than normal amount of finish checking". Hmmm. ...
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    Re: L. H. Leland Brilliantone Mando

    Thanks, TLW! Did you check inside the mandolin soundhole for a serial number located on the small brace to the neck side of the soundhole? That is where they have typically shown up on the Lelands....
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    Re: L. H. Leland Brilliantone Mando

    TLW has posted a very interesting Leland as it clearly breaks from the standard mold of most of these that I have seen. (Full disclosure, I own five "Lelands", four with the Brilliantone label and...
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    Re: DeMeglio serial numbers and lables

    Thanks, John. Duly recorded. This one has been up on the ebay a few times now, without selling. That's a bad crack...

    Mick
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    I'm a bit surprised that this LE from 1888 hasn't shown up here (or maybe it has previously.)

    Pretty interesting for me to see the proto-bowl profile and how clunky it is, given the gracefulness...
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    Re: Some Oscar Schmidt Company History

    Thanks for posting this, Mike. Very interesting small piece of the OS puzzle.

    Mick
  25. Re: My Grandfather's 1918 Vintage Gibson A-4 Mandolin & Original

    Great photo of your gramps and his mandolin and his partner.

    That's a serious looking pair of cracks in the top. If you can get those fixed up "very nicely" and have this ready to play for $400,...
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