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    Re: Nice Transfer Decal on L&H Model A

    According to the book, that label dates it to 1925 or 1926 and possibly 1927. Fabulous looking instrument and case.
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    Re: Washburn no. 1898 style E

    Regal made various styles of mandolin and these were sold by third party retailers. However, the relationship between Regal and Lyon Healy/Washburn is complicated but by the 1920s many instruments...
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    Re: Mandolin Identifying

    As the instrument does not have the Harmony name on it, it was sold by a third party. Possibly, the name of that company was on a metal badge/plate that was screwed on to the headstock.
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    Re: Raymond Mandolin Passed Down

    Here is another OS mandolinetto- its headstock shape is very like the Raymond. I think it is probably the same instrument that I posted featured on...
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    Re: Raymond Mandolin Passed Down

    I agree it is hard to work out the headstock profile. I don't think it is concave but I wondered if it had been reworked from concave. That Raymond you show is from 1901 it seems, and that is closer...
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    Re: Raymond Mandolin Passed Down

    This mandolin has a round sound hole. The Washburn book shows an old ad from 1919 that features a mandolinetto- and that has an oval hole and that concave headstock shape- just like a Regal- the firm...
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    Re: Vinaccia - 1908 - Value?

    Yes, this expert is a superb luthier- and he has the skills to restore it- if that would be necessary. However, he does not have the time. He did a restoration of a historically significant guitar...
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    Harmony did not start date stamping until 1932, so it is probably before that date. Here is another Supertone catalogue from the 1920s. The top is the cheapest- the bottom is the Shutt "Viol"...
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    Re: Mandolin Identifying

    It looks like a Harmony. This appears to be very similar- if not the same:

    https://www.facebook.com/HarmonyGuitars/posts/harmony-resonator-mandolin/1208615869249542/

    Here is a much better...
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    Re: Vinaccia - 1908 - Value?

    I sent a link to a world class expert, I know. He said it looked like a very good instrument but I was surprised by the valuation he gave. However, his view is that many bowl back mandolins sell for...
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    Re: Possible year/make

    The tailpiece appears to be a typical US made item and that would lead me to believe it is an American instrument- unless that tailpiece is a replacement- which it may be.
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    Re: An extra finger can be incredibly handy

    Django proved that "less is more" and that "necessity is the mother of invention"- he created a whole new style of playing.
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    I have seen some very nice Czech/Schonbach mandolins on ebay- made in the 1930s. For various reasons, I have not bought one but the last one I went for that needed a bit of work returned to ebay for...
  14. Re: The new (old) mandolins of long time reader.

    Yes, some of those East German instruments are pretty good- and have good wood in their construction if they are at the higher end. Good luck with your mandolin odyssey- I am assuming you are Greek-...
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    Re: Washburn no. 1898 style E

    Yes, that makes perfect sense. I'm not sure if there is a number on those sold on ebay recently. I will take a look. The incomplete example appears to be about 30,000 - using your rule of thumb would...
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    Re: Washburn no. 1898 style E

    Then there was this one on ebay- I can't work out what the label shows: ...
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    Re: Washburn no. 1898 style E

    My best guess is that somebodymade a mistake writing out the label! After all, it is not an 1898 style instrument. Just one of the many anomalous things that crop up from time to time that seem to be...
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    Re: Washburn no. 1898 style E

    I think it is clearly a Regal made instrument. I have a very similar but lesser quality mandolin that was sold by Jenkins out of Kansas City. Here is a Jake Wildwood analysis of a Style 2424 which is...
  19. Re: Fratelli Tassinari (Napoli) -Help with Info and Value

    The crack is a major negative. I would speculate that those are not the original tuners but are replacements from the 1920s or 30s- not that that is a big deal- and they were added some time in the...
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    Re: Anyone near Camarillo want to make a few bucks?

    He must be very busy if he is happy with a mere $30. He's not "Relaxin' at Camarillo" for sure.
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    Re: Help please dating A-style Gibson

    That's very good!
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    Re: I just want to know the year

    That suggests it is accurate- which label does the mandolin have inside- as that info may help pinpoint it as a model?
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    Re: Help please dating A-style Gibson

    As Tony and I live in the UK, I used the brand name Perspex but I nearly wrote Plexiglas- as most of those who might read the comment would not be familiar with Perspex. On another matter, the...
  24. Re: Help identifying an old bowl back mandolin...

    Yes, I have a maple Vinaccia. As I wrote, those tuners and dots are my main stumbling bock- and those tuners appear to be on that 1960s Catania mandolin that Jake Wildwood worked on.There is no way,...
  25. Re: Help identifying an old bowl back mandolin...

    Here is a 1960s Carmelo Catania mandolin with a slothead and a zero fret. http://vintagesoulguitars.com/reseating-loose-frets-1960s-carmelo-catania-mandolin/

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    Here are those "double...
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