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    Re: My Pas Washburn Lyon and Healy mandolin

    That looks fine to me- the lack of sparkle is probably just a build up of dirt over the years and can be cleaned up with ease if you know how- so best left alone at this stage. It is amazing how much...
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    Re: My Pas Washburn Lyon and Healy mandolin

    Yes, that's fabulous! I can see that the carved edge of the headstock scroll is missing a chunk on one side. War damage? I know that my repair man could probably make a piece and do an invisible...
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    Re: My Pas Washburn Lyon and Healy mandolin

    Gillypop, the icon to post the photos is third from the extreme right. If you give the town where you live it may be possible to advise you of a local expert. Brighton has been mentioned. One of my...
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    Re: My Pas Washburn Lyon and Healy mandolin

    Is it like this example? It may be slightly later judging by the number. The earlier examples are symmetrical and have the longer scale length. The scale is the length of the strings between the...
  5. Re: What Mandolin Did I Get From the Thriftstore?

    I would look at photos of Suzuki mandolins- there are some that were sold at Reverb. Work out the type of bridge that would be suitable for your mandolin and see if one is available on ebay and do...
  6. Re: Can anybody help me identify this instrument?

    The scale length will define what sort of instrument it is. If it is 25-27 inches it is a Bouzouki- as pointed out, the octave mandolin is shorter. It would be probably a modern example made for...
  7. Re: Can anybody help me identify this instrument?

    That is typical of bowlback construction over the years- and decades- paper was used as well. Judging by the tuner buttons it was made in the 1960s or 1970s- it could be even newer. You might like to...
  8. Re: Can anybody help me identify this instrument?

    It was made to be sold by a third party and thus was unbranded although many retailers did have their own brands.
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    I think it is an octave mandolin.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octave_mandolin
  10. Thread: Harmony Mandolin

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    Re: Harmony Mandolin

    My Suzuki mandolin- bought new in 1977 had one of those MADE IN JAPAN labels- I think it wore off. With regard to the 1930s, as far as the UK was concerned, the item had to be shown to be foreign- it...
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    Re: Harmony Mandolin

    The MADE IN USA started in 1949 in an oblong "double box"- to the right in the smaller section of that larger box, the date code was printed vertically. The various codes are all detailed from their...
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    Re: Harmony Mandolin

    The date stamp from 1959 onward is not in a box and the date sits above the words MADE IN USA. This lasted until 1973 when I assume the date stamp was dispensed with- not long before Harmony also...
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    Re: Harmony Mandolin

    This was on the Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum:

    "Virtually all the metal parts for nearly all the East coast banjo makers were supplied by one company -- Waverly Music Products of New York, NY, in...
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    Re: Radiotone Double Chamber Mandolin

    That's great Tony. I am sure you can fix it up and it will be a great instrument. One of those on ebay I saw appeared to have a very similar problem- it is the one that is on ebay right now.
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    Re: Harmony Mandolin

    That H8010 is from the 1970s- the Harmony logo highlights this. Yes, interesting about those tuners as the backing plates are identical in shape to the Waverly style. I wonder if Waverly was taken...
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    Re: Harmony Mandolin

    These are the tuners I am referring to and as far as I know, they are Waverly items. Harmony used Waverly in the 50s and 60s and into the 70s- when all sorts of economies were made- Japanese tuners,...
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    Re: Harmony Mandolin

    The photo option is third from the extreme right. Is it like this example? The later mandolins were made with Waverly tuners that had a larger number of cogs on the gears and more turns on the worms...
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    Re: Radiotone Double Chamber Mandolin

    That is not the one that was on Gumtree. Yes, it looks as though something untoward has befallen the mandolin- a great shame.
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    Re: Radiotone Double Chamber Mandolin

    Cask Ale

    The mandolin on ebay, I bid on it twice- it was sold firstly and then it was re-listed with what was wrong with it- presumably, the reasons given for its return. Both times I was sniped....
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    Re: Radiotone Double Chamber Mandolin

    Ray (T)

    I nearly bought one recently on ebay- a good instrument. I think I have seen that one you mention on the internet- Gumtree. This mandolin type has been discussed at this site. I did find...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    Yes, it has. I did tell my expert from whom I had purchased it- a well-known rip-off merchant, and I said: "I don't want to speak ill of the dead"- to which he replied: "Now, don't let that stop...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    I paid way too much for my 1923 snake head over 20 years ago. I did not know much about these mandolins but I thought I heard great tone and volume. A couple of years ago, the man that repairs my...
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    Re: Lyon & Healy Style C

    Hendrik, he charges for the job and when I consider how long it must have taken- and the skill involved, I know I am not being charged the going rate- he is incredibly good to me. In that respect I...
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    Re: Lyon & Healy Style C

    Yes, I noticed they were worm over and wondered about that. I think you are right about having to drill the hole in the plate- that was my impression. If that has to be done, then it will be done by...
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    Re: Lyon & Healy Style C

    That would explain the Phillips screws- somebody has swapped out the original tuners and used those crosshead screws. I have found some photos of that sort of tuner- they are at this Reverb sale down...
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