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  1. Re: Sorry, Dr. Leone, your Mandolino is not my Cup of Vino

    Well...considering that the Italian term vinaccia (small V) refers to the leftover grape skins after a wine pressing (what the French call marc) maybe there is a resemblance after all.

    That was...
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    Re: C. Bruno and Son

    You are correct, sir!

    Mick
  3. Re: Where in Chicagoland did this one come from?

    A mandolin looking just like this one turned up in a conversation which our OP might remember from back in 2011. Unfortunately, the original image of the mandolin under discussion seems lost.

    At...
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    Re: 1909 A4 Gibson Factory Revamped

    Would the truss-rod neck cross section profile from a '50s / '60s redo be the same as the original without a truss rod? Or perhaps a tad more slender?

    Mick
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    Re: Speranze Perdute

    GV from The Godfather.

    It seems I do have some audio files from Vicari. ;) Calogero's post threw me for a moment.

    Mick
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    Re: Curious Mandolin

    That upside-down-king's-crown scratchplate is one of my favorite L+H moves. Love it.

    Mick
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    Re: Damaged Martin 2-20 ( I think)

    A tragic problem, particularly given that Martin had developed a means to try to prevent this kind of failure at the other end of their bowlbacks.

    Mick
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    On the heels of Peter's mandola-built-by-a-violin maker comes what appears to be another mandolin from violin maker John Wesley Wiseman, whose work showed up about 10 years ago in this post from PD...
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    Re: Speranze Perdute

    A good friend of mine said he has a copy of an LP by Vicari and at one point offered to digitize it. I'll have to check back in with him about that.

    Mick
  10. Re: American flat top/back mandolin - for Italian style playing

    The Leland flatbacks that I own (and referred to above) are Vega-made, despite the varied mistaken attributions to the Larsons. I could measure the height for you (I guess I'd have to find an...
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    Re: New Book of Evelyn Castiglioni's Tunes

    Thanks, DHB. This is a wonderful initiative from Evelyn's daughter.
    Here's a direct link to the book on the sales giant.

    Mick
  12. Re: American flat top/back mandolin - for Italian style playing

    Two of my favorite players of the "Italo-American" repertoire: Gus Garelick (from the Hot Frittatas) and Tony Flores, both played Gibson A50s.
    Their tremolo is astoundingly expressive. Check out...
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    That makes for a pretty appealing bowl. Replacing the missing fret and nut is pretty straightforward work.

    Patience, gentlemen..... She may likely come around.

    Mick
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    If this ever showed up on Jeopardy when I chose "Italian Mandolins for $400, Alex!" my answer (in the form of a question) would be
    "What's NOT a Calace mandolin?"

    My hunch is that it is from the...
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    Re: Curious Mandolin

    So then that actually implies that it could be a Shmergel. The fact that there's also a chance that it might be a Larson really complicates the matter.

    Anonymous
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    I have a couple bowl-dolas in the posse, one bearing many of the -ahem- Larson traits that we enjoy quibbling about.
    It does share the relative top proportions viz the cant position that the...
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    Re: Curious Mandolin

    Ah, yes. The neck is in a bad way.
    Looks like a case of the top sinking in a bit just north of the soundhole under the rotational force from the neck. You can see that on the right side of the...
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    Re: Curious Mandolin

    The term "Presentation Grade" has always made me smile. And the way we use it around here makes me smile again.

    "It isn't quite presenation grade..."
    Or perhaps it is presentation grade, but...
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    Yes...that's what the Ebay listing has it as: tambura.

    Mick
  20. Re: Beautiful little shop find identification?

    Well...then you ought to go back and have another look. :)
    Check on the string action and determine if it is playable enough to warrant the fairly low initial cost. Not much sense it starting to...
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    Re: Curious Mandolin

    My hunch, Sheldon, is what you see is what you've got. No reason to think it isn't "original"....even with the better quality case.
    I'm assuming wood / coffin rather than the ubiquitous cardboard...
  22. Re: Beautiful little shop find identification?

    Well....if the return on the investment is in the pleasure of learning to play and the enjoyment of playing once learned, then I might encourage it.

    The key to such would then be how much of an...
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    Re: Help Identifying Mandolin

    Always been partial to this "brushstache" style scratchplate, too.

    Very nice Christmas gift, Eliza. Thanks for sharing.

    From your GGF? Might we ask when she might have been playing the...
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    Beautiful piece of top tonewood on the mandolin.
    Wondering if the seller might do better by offering them individually. The mandolin might draw some interest.

    Mick
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    Re: Is this old Washburn worth restoring?

    That's what I know, John. I've seen these on Emberghers and have added them on numerous bowls myself. Small bit of work but it offers a bit of peace of mind.

    Mick
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