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    Re: Unusual Electric Tenor/Mandolin/Uke

    Very interesting - Kauer makes nice stuff, but I've never seen anything other than a 6-string from them before. With that scale, it would make a nice mandola.

    The string spacing is very easy to...
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    Re: United Faux Resonator Mandolin Circa 1940

    Looking at the screw holes around the top, I think it was something similar to this one but missing the cover plate.
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    Re: United Faux Resonator Mandolin Circa 1940

    The mandolins are common under other names, but anything with the United name is a rarity. Not valuable, but rare. The factory built a run of guitars (and, apparently, mandolins) to debut under their...
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    Re: new Healy tenor

    Very nice! Trevor does great work; he's fixed up a couple of guitars for me and I was able to play a couple of his acoustics.

    Who made the 4-pole pickups?
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    Re: Harmony mandolin

    It's an H425. The electric version, H35, can get prices approaching $600 if they're really clean. The acoustic doesn't even get close.

    This model was catalogued 1969-1974.
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    Re: Regal Wendell Hall Guitar?

    That's a new one on me! Wendell Hall had signature ukes made by Regal and banjo-ukes made by Ludwig, but I've never seen a tenor-scale instrument with his name on it. Regal continued to build the...
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    Re: Washburn no. 1898 style E

    The serial dates to the mid '20s. This mandolin was built by Lyon & Healy. Although Regal built a handful of instruments for L&H around this time, they are of a much lower quality and a different...
  8. Re: Strange headstock: homemade, or Harmony/Regal/Kay?

    Interesting. I can say this much: it didn't come from any of the big Chicago manufacturers (Harmony, Kay and Regal), at least not with that headstock on it. I'm tempted to rule out Oscar Schmidt as...
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    Re: Need Help Identifying This Mandolin

    The body shape, headstock, heel construction and inlay pattern all identify this as a Regal.
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    Re: Mandolet- 20s or 30s

    Not a Weymann. It could be a Schmidt creation, or it could have come from any of the bazillion small workshops between Philly, NYC and Boston. The tuners don't tell you much since there were a...
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    Re: Abramusic Mandolin

    Not a clue. Do you know what the two grommets in the top are for?
  12. Re: oddball (pseudo?-) resonator w. amusing "professional" setup

    Dobro did build a large proportion of their instruments; when it came to mandolins and guitars, Slingerland built none (excepting banjo-mandolins and guitar-mandolins). I don't know for certain who...
  13. Re: oddball (pseudo?-) resonator w. amusing "professional" setup

    Slingerland did not build resonator instruments, nor did they build any guitars or mandolins. Their standard guitar and mandolin models all came from Regal except possibly some of the earliest...
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    Re: Lyon and Healy, Washburn????

    There's nothing like that inlay in the Washburn book, but it could still be an L&H product.
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    Re: Continental

    Continental was a music distributor with offices at various times in NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, and Atlanta. I have not seen an instrument with their name on it before, but it's the same logo so...
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    Re: Shubb Capo Issues

    Shubb makes capos for classical guitars with flat boards. Their banjo/mandolin capos are made for either flat or radiused boards, but they might be too narrow for an OM.
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    Re: Strad

    Every one of these I've seen was an actual Stradolin. The brand was distributed (and probably owned) by Sorkin in the '50s.
  18. Re: 50 plus years old no name Mandolin can anyone help identify?

    This design was built by Harmony.
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    Re: Inherited Mandolin - What is it?

    It's a Harmony model 305 or re-branded equivalent. The date stamp indicates that it was built in the second half of 1939.
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    Re: Tenortrope spotted

    They're weird, wonderful things: a resonator tenor guitar disguised as a banjo, look totally wacky but sound surprisingly good. I used mine on a recording and the mid-range sat perfectly in an...
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    An old National brought back to life

    While I needed another mandolin-family instrument like a hole in the head, I am particularly fascinated by pre-War National electric instruments. My dream is to find one of their electric tenor...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson? Mandolin Identification

    This is definitely not a Harmony mandolin, as demonstrated by the pictures above. The body shape, soundhole size and position are wrong. Plus, it appears to have an oak top, which Harmony never used....
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    Re: martin mandolins

    Yup, that's the main difference. There are also differences in trim; the B has small diamond fret markers instead of dots, a fancier rosette, and a center stripe on the back. There may be other small...
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    Re: Vega Cylinder back date

    The Vega serial list out there is for banjos. Their mandolins and guitars do not follow the same serial scheme, and there is no known list for those instruments.
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    Re: Vega bowlback advice please

    Interesting that they compiled a list, but itís way off. Vega mandos were in the 35000s sometime in the 1930s. The exact years arenít known, but there are electric instruments in that range, so 1920...
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