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    Re: Givson (yes, Givson) mandolin

    Right you are! Only a Givson is good enough.
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    Poll: Re: ISO info Re: Vintage Stella Mandolin

    I think I may have figured this out, or at least I can put a plausible reason for Fall and Spring as a designation. I believe the link Nick posted above had the beginning and the ending of the date...
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    Poll: Re: ISO info Re: Vintage Stella Mandolin

    Why?



    The retired Harmony employee. This really is a no brainer.
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    Poll: Re: ISO info Re: Vintage Stella Mandolin

    The vast majority of the US didn't have Sears retail stores in the 30's. The earliest retail stores were in and around the Chicago area. They shipped from Chicago via US Postal Service to the...
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    Poll: Re: ISO info Re: Vintage Stella Mandolin

    Sometimes it just wasn't there or they faded so bad you could no longer see them. I think it's circa 1960 give or take.
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    Poll: Re: ISO info Re: Vintage Stella Mandolin

    As far as the F and S go, I think someone is applying the way things would happen in the 2000's to the way things would happen in 1934. Forget the fact that we were in a Depression, that doesn't...
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    Re: Weber Sweet Pea tailpiece design

    Anyone looking for information on the products Vern Brekke designed and built should look at this page. It's educational.
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    Poll: Re: ISO info Re: Vintage Stella Mandolin

    OK, I can see that except as I recall the conversation with the employee, the plant shut down in end of June to to early July. That was actually a common practice in manufacturing plants in times...
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    Poll: Re: ISO info Re: Vintage Stella Mandolin

    The F stands for First Half, the S stands for Second Half of the year on the date code. It does not stand for Fall and Spring. The company used to shut down in the summer to retool.
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    Re: CF Martin Mandolin Serial Number 2604

    The serial number dates it to 1909. Can you post some pictures?
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    Re: What mandolin is this?

    Actually you should be able to see the differences in this image. Note the T and the G. The rest aren't much better. All of the inlay is very rough cut. I just noticed something else as well, I'm...
  12. Re: source for small, mando-sized strap button

    For anyone looking, AllParts has the small Gibson style nickel strap buttons in stock. I always replace the screw with a smaller slotted oval head stainless screw.
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    Re: What mandolin is this?

    There appears to be a problem with the headstock inlay as well. The binding also looks much newer on the neck. Maybe it was renecked.

    Then again the binding is just as white on the neck on the one...
  14. Re: Kate Wolf Accompanied By Two Mandolins 1985

    Yes. Nina Gerber and Randy Sabien.
  15. Re: Kate Wolf Accompanied By Two Mandolins 1985

    Is that a wide body A-50?
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    Re: No manufacturer or serial number

    Found the headstock shape on a Harmony built instrument. Still can't find the neck or heel shape.
  17. Re: Restoring a 1930's National resophonic mando

    If you know which logo would have been on it you might check this out.
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    Re: Bach -- played on a WHAT?

    I'm not going to lie, I enjoyed that immensely. :cool:

    As far as the book cover goes I think they've used that same mandolin on some other cover.
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    Re: Need Help Identifying Strange Mandolin

    If it was made in Italy all would make sense except for that Waverly tailpiece. The dots could certainly be a connection or at least an influence. If I bought this I would make myself crazy trying to...
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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    You and me both.
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    Re: No manufacturer or serial number

    I'm not so sure about that. There are at least three other manufacturers on that page and I'm not sure Harmony is among them. I suspect but obviously cannot prove that the indented headstock shape on...
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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    I'm pretty sure Adrian has this right and my guess is that they might have been a little loose to begin with and the changes just pushed them up a bit. I'd just push them back down with the strings...
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    Re: No manufacturer or serial number

    What I was looking for with this was a neck with that pronounced V on a labeled mandolin. I couldn't find one. The Harmony transition era from bowlback to these didn't have it either. I couldn't find...
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    Re: No manufacturer or serial number

    I'm pretty sure it could have been a Harmony even if it never had a Supertone label that fell out and left no residue.
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    Re: No manufacturer or serial number

    It was built in Chicago, most likely by Regal (although Harmony made a similar model) circa the 1920's. It was built "For the trade" with no label so that a retailer, distributor, teacher, school...
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