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    Re: Sorting out the Vinaccias

    Super strange and interesting, Victor. Thanks for posting this.

    About 20 years newer than any Vinaccia I've seen.

    It's interesting that the label boasts of a prize from the 1950 esposizione. ...
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    Re: Bowl back mandola - maker?

    That neck / headstock detail is one of the markers I look for when thinking Vega, Mike, but the bridge position is the real smoking gun.

    I don't think this was made by Vega but maybe from among...
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    Re: Bowl back mandola - maker?

    Vega was on my mind about this, too, from the look of the rear neck to headstock transition. That little scoop profile shows up often, though not exclusively.
    I missed seeing it at first.

    It is...
  4. Re: Drop Box is now available for Italian 'ballo liscio' sheet mu

    That's what I know..

    And made things ever more delightful for those of us who have already been viaggiando lungo quella strada.

    Mick
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    Re: Harmony Monterey H410 Rescue

    I'll try to give off my best Sopranos "Oh Ho!".

    I think we're going to need a little more insight into 'slipping the block' (sounds like a means to get out of some cement overcoat....)

    This...
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    Re: Bowl back mandola - maker?

    Ha! Thanks, Mike. I think in my case it's a gift of blarney.....

    But I think you and Allen are on it with a Midwest attribution. I have a couple of bowldolas, neither of which are labeled but...
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    Re: Italian Mandolin music being forgotten ???

    Thanks for linking this over to Sheri's thread, Scott.

    Her amazing working collecting and collating Italian and Italian - American music from the classic mandolin era is a self-less and...
  8. Re: Italian mandolin magazines: Il Plettro and Vita Mandolinistic

    Frankly, this is a big overwhelming.......

    Mick
  9. Re: Italian mandolin magazines: Il Plettro and Vita Mandolinistic

    Incredible find, Martin! Thank you for sharing.
    Great summer reading.

    The ads themselves will prove to be very very informative in their own right.

    So, you know I had a lot of work planned...
  10. Re: Fry’s Mandolin (L. Ricca employees) ???

    Your comment about "200 employees" got me thinking.
    I think I was just being lazy and thought I'd punch in "Ricca Piano" again and see what turned up.
    It's a task to keep that many people busy...
  11. Re: Fry’s Mandolin (L. Ricca employees) ???

    Not to create a diversion, but I've never looked into the Ricca family's piano dealings before. Perhaps it has been discussed here?

    I found this informative (if accurate) little bit:

    "Ricca...
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    Re: Harmony Monterey H410 Rescue

    I can't help you with your dating question, but Mike E is our go-to Harmony expert here so I'm sure he'll be by to help out.

    I can say I've never seen inside one of these before and your photos...
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    Re: "The Great Mandolins" postcards

    Nice to see that Washburn bowlback included among the 'greats'!

    I wish these had been on cereal boxes or the old school cafeteria milk cartons where I learned the Presidents.

    Mick
  14. Re: Fry’s Mandolin (L. Ricca employees) ???

    Thanks, Jed. That is super interesting.

    There are numerous discussions here concerning Luigi Ricca's mandolins and operations. IIRC he was also involved in the piano business to some...
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    Re: Andy Statman Bought A Loar F5!

    I suppose if Dad buys you your first Loar and you feel like you can sell it to go camping you're starting out in a different league of privilege....a nice head start to being your 'own man' as the...
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    Re: Andy Statman Bought A Loar F5!

    So sad to hear.

    Mick
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    Re: Andy Statman Bought A Loar F5!

    That's taking the metaphor out of "opening up".... Kind of like Willie's "Trigger".

    Mick
  18. Re: Interesting Sound Hole Decoration- Bowlback

    I tend to associate these exuberant picturesque scratchplates with Catanese mandolins, but this one doesn't seem Sicilian to me.

    My hunch is that your Northern European posits are more on the...
  19. Re: Naprawa bowlback mandolina gaetano vinaccia 1921

    Thanks for the muy coolioso photos, Jarek.

    Note the extra bracing of the top north of the soundhole and to either side: #1 and #2.

    Both Embergher and CF Martin used this technique to help...
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    Re: Odd vintage Gibson electric

    What material was Gibson using for nuts during the '30s? Would that dark nut have been original?

    Mick
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    Re: Lovely Regal Bowlback & Leather Case

    It's a nice looking mandolin.

    The functioning buckles on the leather case are pretty rare to see.

    Mick
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    Re: No love for old Martins

    That's what I know.

    Rosewood back Martin As should rightly elicit mucho amor.

    Mick
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    Re: No love for old Martins

    There is an "anniversary" model Martin, to my eye rather garish in its bling, for sale (at a very high price) once again in the Classifieds.

    For which I have no love.

    I do wish the owner good...
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    Being late to the party is no matter...still means you're at the party. ;)

    As SRV said "If the house is rocking, don't bother knocking...."

    But this party has been going on for a looooong time,...
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    Re: No love for old Martins?

    One of the comments in the link references a "Richter Manufacturing Company" in Chicago and insists they were a big player.

    "SS Maxwell was one of the brand names for instruments used by Chicago...
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