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    Re: Photographing shiny things

    I usually photograph stuff outside in the early morning or late evening when the angle of the sun is low and the light is a little softer and warmer. Maybe place the instrument at a 45 degree angle...
  2. Re: National Tenor Tri-cone Resonator Guitar

    Looks like a great deal on a National Style 2 tricone tenor.
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    Re: Gelas mandolin family at Bernunzio's

    If I recall correctly, the guitar, mandobass and mandolin were individual purchases, and the mandocello and mandola were bought together. Sometimes it takes a while to put a set together. They were...
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    Re: Gelas mandolin family at Bernunzio's

    Regards setup, the Gelas instruments at Bernunzio were put in good playing order by repairman/luthier, Mark Cigainero in Ft Worth, Texas. As I recall, he did fuss a little about them, but they turned...
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    Re: Gelas mandolin family at Bernunzio's

    Gosh guys I guess I'm totally busted! Not sure if I’m breaking some rule by participating in this thread, but in full disclosure, the Gelas set is actually mine that I put on consignment with John. ...
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    Re: Gelas mandolin family at Bernunzio's

    The Gelas Hawaiian Guitar is dated 1920. Apparently the Hawaiian music fad was hitting Europe not long after the US mainland.

    On a related note, Joseph Kekeku was born in Oahu in 1874 and is...
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    Re: Gelas mandolin family at Bernunzio's

    Here's a link to the set. https://bernunzio.com/product/gelas-family-26142/

    Each item is also photographed and described separately.
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    Re: H5 Mandola Case question

    Here you go.
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    Re: H5 Mandola Case question

    The outside dimensions of the H5 case are about 31 3/4" x 13 x 5 1/8"
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    Re: H5 Mandola Case question

    Yes Paganoni did the relining. Really nice work.
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    Re: H5 Mandola Case question

    Here it was before it was relined.
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    Re: H5 Mandola Case question

    Here is a 1924 H5 rectangular case, original but was relined a couple years ago.
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    Re: Down the Tenor Rabbit Hole... (Help)

    It probably depends a lot on the individual instrument as far as which one will give you the sound you want in octave versus tenor tuning. Here's a video link to a Gibson TG-00 tuned down to an A...
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    Re: Tenor Guitar Gallery & Sightings

    Woody's guitar.
  15. Re: Larson Harp Mandolin on Antiques Road Show

    I thought the guy was way too harsh on the Larson mandolin. He said that they are largely decorative, and no one would buy it for the sound. I've played a couple of these that sounded great, and...
  16. 1902 Luigi Embergher Soloist Model Number 5 Mandolin

    A vintage Embergher Soloist is sort of the cat's meow when it comes to bowl back mandolins, and I have an example from 1902 that needs restoration work. Does anyone here have a suggestion for who...
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    Re: Mandocello History ?

    If you interested in seeing photographs, descriptions, short histories and physical measurements of various vintage mandocellos by a number of different makers, you might check out my book, Vintage...
  18. Re: 1904 Vinaccia Liuto Cantabile (mandocello/octave mandola)

    I notice that in Mandolin Memories, Adelstein calls Raffaele Calace "the greatest luteist in the world". I would have loved to hear those two jam!

    www.vintagefrettedinstruments.com
  19. Re: 1904 Vinaccia Liuto Cantabile (mandocello/octave mandola)

    There are actually two pieces both by Raffaele Calace, Piccolo Serenata Opus 115 at 3:50 and Barcarola Opus 116 at 8:18. Calace wrote a lot of music for solo liuto cantabile, some of it very...
  20. Re: 1904 Vinaccia Liuto Cantabile (mandocello/octave mandola)

    Thanks for your kind words. My purpose in the videos and my book is to try to share the instruments as best as I can with folks who might never get the chance to check out the instruments first hand...
  21. 1904 Vinaccia Liuto Cantabile (mandocello/octave mandola)

    I decided to post a video playing a 1904 Vinaccia Liuto Cantabile, five pairs of strings tuned CGDAE, 23 flamed maple ribs, 22 1/2" scale length, set up with Thomastik strings.
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  22. Bach Cello Suite 3 (played on 1916 Gibson K4 Mandocello)

    I decided to make a video of the complete Bach Cello Suite No. 3. C major is obviously a great key for mandocello and even without the bowing patterns and vibrato of an actual cello, it’s still a...
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    Re: circa 1890 Henry C. Dobson Banjo

    some photos too...
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    circa 1890 Henry C. Dobson Banjo

    This week’s unusual instrument is a circa 1890 Henry C. Dobson Banjo with a small 9” head and short 22 ¼” scale length. This banjo is equipped with Dobson’s classic doughnut shaped tone ring, bar...
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    Re: circa 1920 Stahl Mandocello

    some photos too...
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