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    Re: Gibson EM-1235 with TWO MANDOLIN NECKS

    I think they were going for a mandolin equivalent to the Double 12 guitar: one neck with single courses, the other neck with doubled courses. Perhaps the upper neck was strung in octaves?
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    Re: This Repurposing Thing Has Gone Too Far

    If it were a banjo there would be nothing unusual about it!


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    Re: Unknown archtop mandolin from USA ?

    That's a very European-looking mandolin. I can believe it's from the '50s, but I strongly doubt it was made in the US.
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    Re: Kay mandolin identification

    It's a K-72. This model was introduced sometime after 1942, appeared in the 1944 catalog, and was gone by the 1948 catalog. The writing does look like a date, but it's not from the factory. The...
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    Re: One more which tuning is best?

    Aside from appealing to mandolin players, 5ths tunings cover a wide range of notes with just 4 strings.
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    Re: One more which tuning is best?

    +1 for GDAE. I always use CGDA on tenor banjo, but the larger soundboard of a guitar - even a small guitar - just seems to work better with the lower tuning.
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    Re: Not your average Gibson tenor

    I did some more research today. Some of my sources turned out to be incorrect when I looked at comparable instruments, and I discovered what appear to be the original tuners and bridge wheels in the...
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    Not your average Gibson tenor

    This was sold as an L-7C tenor, but it clearly isnít. The body is 16Ē, smaller than an L-7, and Gibson only used the Florentine cutaway on these smaller bodies. Thatís OK by me Ė I prefer smaller...
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    Re: C. Bruno and Son

    Based on the 1917 catalog it appears to be a model 145.
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    I think the other four on that page are indeed Regals, but the 2923 isn't. Even if we're wrong about it being Harmony, the body shape, headstock and tailpiece look like they came from somewhere...
  11. Re: Where in Chicagoland did this one come from?

    Agreed on all of that.

    I've been trying to ID the model; no exact matches, but this model from ca. 1926-7 has approximately the same trim. I suspect my mandolin is earlier because it has the...
  12. Where in Chicagoland did this one come from?

    It's a Howard mandolin, distributed by Wurlitzer. It was previously tentatively identified as a Lyon & Healy, but a few details such as the headstock shape & inlay, the heel design, the volute and...
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    Re: Is This A Larson?

    I don't see anything Larson-esque about that mandolin - or the one in the book. I'm actually getting an east-coast vibe from it rather than Chicago. It is definitely a nice instrument in...
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    Re: Metal-Clad Fretboard

    I'm guessing it's from Wolfram, a company that made mandolins and guitars with aluminum fretboards in the 1890s and 1900s.
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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...
  22. 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?
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