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  1. Re: Interesting Mandolin- Cammeyer -the owner from NYC?

    Jim, the instrument is just over 29 inches long and a bit over 12 inches wide. None of my mandolin cases will fit that mandolin! I think the Gibson H4 mandola is as follows: Overall: 28 ◊ 10 7/8 ◊ 15...
  2. Re: Interesting Mandolin- Cammeyer -the owner from NYC?

    Jim, my bid was the losing bid below- £232! My luthier wrote: "Nick, itís carrying some serious damage, not irretrievable, but serious enough to impact the sale price!" so I held off a bit. He would...
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    Poll: Re: ISO info Re: Vintage Stella Mandolin

    Well, we discussed this a bit in August when the Florentine Supertone was up on eBay. Here is one of the comments:

    I don't know for certain when the cats were pressed, but it does bring up a good...
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    Re: Charity Shop Donation Help

    As Jim has mentioned these mandolins were sold in the UK. They are relatively commonplace and here is the UK eBay tally of recent auctions. I used to advise a charity shop on their instruments and...
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    Poll: Re: ISO info Re: Vintage Stella Mandolin

    Fall and spring it was, and I agree it seems a bit odd. Unfortunately, the Harmony Demont site is down at the moment and that details when the factory shut down and the worker who stated it was first...
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    Poll: Re: ISO info Re: Vintage Stella Mandolin

    Mike, it is generally agreed among Harmony nuts that the original Spring and Fall is correct and the later business of "first" and "second" was a new but wrong bit of info from a worker. The fact...
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    Poll: Re: ISO info Re: Vintage Stella Mandolin

    I think what you refer to is the ferrules (also called bushings) that go around the tuner posts and they are pushed in from the front of the headstock into the holes. These keep the posts snug and...
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    Re: What mandolin is this?

    The inlay lettering is pretty crude in comparison to the lettering on instrument number 14288 and there is quite a gap between "The" and "Gibson". It is very hard to be specific about value but if an...
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    Re: Question about a Snake head A1

    Apparently, some did. Here's one below. Mine does not- but it is a 1923 A2.

    http://www.mandolinarchive.com/gibson/serial/73113
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    Re: What mandolin is this?

    It has Handel tuners and many A4 features but if it was made in 1912 it should not have a truss rod- which may be a later addition- possibly via repair at Gibson, hard to know. The pickguard is also...
  11. Re: Interesting Mandolin- Cammeyer -the owner from NYC?

    Is this instrument carved? Judging from the banjola or whatever it is that Jim posted, I am wondering if this might be a mandola?
    The seller has replied to my question- it is a touch over 29 inches...
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    Re: No manufacturer or serial number

    Yes, that's interesting. That Reverb mandolin that the seller has down as an OS I posted has a different heel but more like the original posting's mandolin here has but not the same. The heel,...
  13. Re: Interesting Mandolin- Cammeyer -the owner from NYC?

    Jim, those photos may not be loading okay- I can see only one. Edit: They are okay now!

    That octave mandola is very interesting!
  14. Re: Interesting Mandolin- Cammeyer -the owner from NYC?

    Jim, that's great! My luthier has educated me on how to say Cammeyer correctly! I was pronouncing the name as if it was German. Of course, it may be, originally!
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  15. Re: Interesting Mandolin- Cammeyer -the owner from NYC?

    I don't know if the mandolin has John Dallas aspects to it or Clifford Essex. Of course, it could have been made by Clifford Essex long after their business partnership had ended. I wonder when those...
  16. Interesting Mandolin- Cammeyer -the owner from NYC?

    Firstly, this mandolin appears to have Waverly tuners from about 1920. The tailpiece is certainly different. At a quick glance it looks to be European but it may not be as those tuners are US made. I...
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    Re: Need Help Identifying Strange Mandolin

    I wrote that it might have been made by someone from Sicily and by that I meant an emigrant to the USA as that cloud tailpiece suggests it was made in North America but those tuners are a bit of a...
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    Re: Need Help Identifying Strange Mandolin

    Those double dots were used on Ermelinda Silvestri guitars in the 1950s- possibly other Catania made instruments. I am not suggesting this mandolin was made in Catania but it may have been made by...
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    Re: No manufacturer or serial number

    The Buckeye "Leader" appears to have the new shape Harmony headstock adopted in the early 30s. The Buckeye "Special" also has that headstock shape.
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    Re: No manufacturer or serial number

    This Supertone was made before about 1926- it has the original white label- the first Supertone label style. The seller reckons it is Oscar Schmidt but I think it must be a Harmony made mandolin.
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    Re: No manufacturer or serial number

    Yes, I am sure you are right about Harmony- even if it never was sold as a Supertone. Harmony mandolins like this somehow just appear to be a bit more chunky than their Regal counterparts at this...
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    Re: No manufacturer or serial number

    It may once have had a Supertone label inside- a Sears, Roebuck sold instrument. If it was a Supertone then it would have been a Harmony made mandolin. This was the entry level flat back mandolin...
  23. Thread: Mandolin

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    Re: Mandolin

    That headstock shape is redolent of instruments made by Oscar Schmidt in the early 20th century and also Harmony- in the 1920s and on a more exotic level, Larson. The initial probably relates to a...
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    Re: interesting pickguard hardware on Ebay Gibson

    I imagine that Gibson had many many boxes of celluloid pickguards and clamps when this mandolin was made. Why an instrument should have a "one off" wooden pickguard with a completely different clamp...
  25. Thread: Mohawk mandolin

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    Re: Mohawk mandolin

    Basically, that late 1930s Levin is a copy of the Gibson A50 which was a new model from Gibson right down to the pickguard with its white beading. Like the Gibson, it has a hand carved top- you...
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