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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    Check out this: A Brief History of Plastics

    Celluloid dates back to 1870. Vulcanized fibre (not rubber! - the substance used for pickguards on Lyon & Healy instruments) dates back to 1859.
  2. Re: Help identifying an old bowl back mandolin...

    Not sure I agree. Even the Neapolitan makers used maple bowls and certainly the Romans, especially Embergher. I have two Emberghers in maple and I have seen some of the 5bis (soloist models) in maple...
  3. Re: Help identifying an old bowl back mandolin...

    I concur with Victor and Allen. I think also German partly based on the taipiece which was made in Germany. Of course maker could source parts from another country.
  4. Re: A.F. Anderson 12-string Mandolin made from old, 1660 London p

    I think the handwriting says, "Material from an old Piano made in London (Engl.) 1662".

    See my comments above regarding 1660 piano. My guess is that someone gave the maker the wood and told him...
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    Re: 1940s/50s Flat Top US Made

    Might be good to post a few photos from the original eBay posting for future generations. Otherwise they won't know what we are referring to.
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Hmmmm. It must be something in the air. I have been exploring tunes played in F and Bb lately. Of the old time ones, Kennedy Rag is tops on my list. I avoided those keys for years especially on...
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    That is a Calace. I doubt it is worth it for anyone to copy a bowlback even for the European markets.

    BTW what strings are you using? I love Dogal Calace strings RW92b Dolce on most of my vintage...
  8. Re: My bowlback collection - story and pictures...

    Welcome, to the Loyal Order of the Bowl, Valbert. I have never seen any mandolin made in Hungary. That one looks simple but nice. BTW where are you located? I assume sine mentioned "bucks" that you...
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    Re: Piccolo mandolins

    This guitar: Nano-Guitar



    I have a feeling that an "atomic force microscope" would cost considerably more than a Blue Chip pick. Makes a BC seem like a real bargain. :)

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    Re: Alternate cases for bowlbacks?

    How about this tenor sax case? It has the cool Selmer badge.

    You would at least have the box done though you would have to recover it. I am not sure how deep it would be either. Check with the...
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    Some discussion on Galiano on this old thread.

    BTW this is not a bowlback mandolin but we can answer your questions nonetheless. Galiano was likely a distributor. That mandolin almost looks like...
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    Re: RH anchor issue

    Are you resting your right hand or palm directly on the bridge? Do you usually do that while playing guitar?
  13. Re: Moving between Irish and bluegrass fiddle tunes

    Sounds like an eclectic group and not strictly Irish in flavor. If these folks asked your friend I would assume they are familiar with her style of playing. I assume there is no time to get together...
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    Re: eBay flat tops - would ya?

    Just post a link to the auction page as for any other web page.
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    Re: Lyon and Healy, Washburn????

    August: I believe that with some judicious restoration it would be a fine-sounding mandolin. I think the best bowlback mandolins I have played are seriously light in construction. My favorite...
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    I love the title of Tesio's book: "Complete Musical Catechism."
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    Re: Lyon and Healy, Washburn????

    Those are adequate strings IMHO but personally I think these are much superior in tone for bowlbacks: Dogal Calace Dolce RW92B.
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    Re: Piccolo mandolins

    Hah! That is what I meant by comment earlier. Much easier to transition from mandola to mandolin than from piccolo to mandolin.
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    Re: Mandolin of unknown origin

    Bill: how do you know there was any label at all? OP does not mention it.

    I wonder if we can see some side views and other details? I would be curious about how the top was carved or arched and...
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    Re: Mandolin of unknown origin

    Definitely not Gibson but looks pretty nice. My guess is that the bridge was a more recent afterthought and likely the pickguard. Scale length is a little on the short side. Check the measurement...
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    Re: Lyon and Healy, Washburn????

    have seen a good handful of these around and none have had labels. I don't think they were top of any line. Strange, eh? Some American Conservatory mandolins were more ornate that Washburn ones. AC...
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    Re: Lyon and Healy, Washburn????

    The eBay seller has one similar and is asking $9000. I know I didn't sell mine for anywhere near that price.

    Very similar to the one I had.

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    Re: Brazilian Bandolim

    Rozini and Giannini are the lower end priced instruments. Many are laminated. I have cavaquinhos by those companies. The Rozini I have is laminated but the Giannini is all solid woods and the top of...
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    Re: Lyon and Healy, Washburn????

    I owned one with same body inlays and borders and the same tuning gear plate but different fretboard and headstock inlays. Here's a couple of photos on that one. I also believe that they were made...
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    Re: Brazilian Bandolim

    That is very exciting, Théo. Can you post some photos of your bandolims? I also love the look of your guitars especially the Gypsy Parlor model.
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