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    Re: Stradolin or copy?

    Here is one of those "Kay" mandolins- but not from the original company but from one of the revivals selling far eastern versions- the same happened with the Harmony company- the name was revived and...
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    Czech or German 1950s flat back

    I assume it to be East German or possibly Czech. It has a very sad face- almost ready to burst into tears. I assume if somebody buys it and fixes it up, it might be happier. Anyway, it's in Germany...
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    Re: Stradolin or copy?

    It looks very much like the far eastern mandolins that were copies of the Kay pear-shaped mandolin style. They seems to appear with all manner of names after Kay folded in 1968. A photo of the tuners...
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    Re: Reid & co

    The tuners are German and probably 1930s- but that does not make the mandolin German made although it could be. I have mentioned other countries already and I would add Italy to the list. However,...
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    Re: B & J Serenader Resonator Mandolin 1930s

    I have a very nice B & J Serenader mandolin made by Regal in the mid-30s. It has a red spruce top and was doubled up by quite a nice guitar- which you saw commonly in the 30s. Here is the guitar- in...
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    Re: B & J Serenader Resonator Mandolin 1930s

    Yes, it appears to be like this one- where we get to see the silver paint! However, the B & J appears to have something much closer to the cover plate.
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    B & J Serenader Resonator Mandolin 1930s

    I don't know if this is a genuine resonator as opposed to the Faux-bro. It looks like there may be a diaphragm inside. Certainly. Sears, Roebuck sold a very cheap Supertone example which looks just...
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    Re: "Refurbished Gibson"

    I saw the Meters at Tipatina's in 1990. Leo Nocentelli was playing a Starcaster- the first and last time I have seen one but I do remember the razzmatazz when the guitar was launched back in the...
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    Re: Need an ID on Neapolitan style bowback

    I could not see all of the instrument- the number of staves or the tuner units but what I could see suggested it be be very similar- and you reckon it is the same. Obviously, it would appear to be a...
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    Re: Need an ID on Neapolitan style bowback

    Your photos have not captured the whole instrument. The tuner buttons will be celluloid. They may predate Bakelite which was devised in 1907. Here is a very similar instrument identified as made by...
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    Re: Eastman Mandocello

    I am sure that Stew Mac would be able to answer your question. Here is the web blurb from the company with plenty of technical detail on a drawing. I know the company sells various versions of the F...
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    Re: Any help is greatly appreciated.thank you

    It is probably pre-war and made in Saxony or across the border Czechoslovakia. That headstock shape is typical of Saxony in Germany but you cannot rule out it being made elsewhere in Europe. If you...
  13. Thread: Jams in the UK

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    Re: Jams in the UK

    There is a bluegrass jam in west Surrey- called the Slow Jam and it meets on the second Tuesday of each month- tomorrow. There are other jams over the border into Hampshire. The slow jam is convened...
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    Re: Gibson A1 (requesting information)

    It was made in either 1912 or 1914 but the earlier date may be more likely.
  15. Re: 1939 Regal Custom Mandolin- Carved Top- Two Point- Oval Hole

    That mandola looks great. Generally, if sold by a third party, its name would be engraved on the plate that covers the tuners It is one of the middle range Regal instruments- probably 1920s. Bob...
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    Re: Introducing Michele Vinaccia

    This is an excerpt from a post by PiccoloPrincipe from that earlier thread that I posted above regarding Michele Maratea.


    "Maratea was an awesome luthier and his work is very well respected (As...
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    Re: Introducing Michele Vinaccia

    Well, it shows some similarities to my Vinaccia- the top edge of the headstock and the pin tailpiece for starters and yes, it is an inexpensive model- mine is certainly better.
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    Re: Introducing Michele Vinaccia

    Well, Michele Maratea's mandolin does have a fair few features that look like a Vinaccia instrument and as a former student this seems completely reasonable. One assumes that it was okay for students...
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    Re: A Vinaccia mandolin for export to USA ?

    There's no reason it should resemble a Vinaccia mandolin as it was made by OS.
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    Re: A Vinaccia mandolin for export to USA ?

    I think one of the Vinaccia brothers might have rented a corner of the Oscar Schmidt works in Jersey City and copied a few of their models adding the odd flourish of his own but this is not...
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    Gibson A4 1921 Paddle Head

    I posted this also in the thread regarding the value of an A4 from 1923. This mandolin has a repaired crack, pre-dates the truss rod and has no pickguard. Apart from that, it appears to be all...
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    Re: Looking for beginner mandolin.

    There have been a few Eastman mandolins on eBay in the UK- some are collection only, so depending on where you are, you could try one out and make an offer. I have to admit that my Chinese mandolin...
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    Re: 1923 A4 Gibson Value

    Here is an earlier paddle headstock from 1921- no truss rod. $1540 BIN original case, repaired crack and no guard but looks original. Ideally, the seller could have posted more photos....
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    Re: Looking for beginner mandolin.

    There are loads of relatively inexpensive beginner mandolins that are pretty good. There was an entry level Kentucky which is a well regarded brand. All these mandolins are far eastern made and with...
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    Re: Larson-Symphony Harp Mandola

    I would imagine these instruments are for the initiated- and those with a fair bit of cash, too! I find the normal configuration challenging enough! However, they do look spectacular and owning one...
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