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    Re: Need help identifying old mandolin

    Here is an Oscar Schmidt Stella that sold on eBay recently. You can compare it to your mandolin:
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    Re: Need help identifying old mandolin

    It is one of the Peter Sorkin brands- Nobility, Royalist (which is what I think yours is), Leo Master etc etc and as Mike has mentioned already, that means it is on the evolution from Oscar Schmidt...
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    Re: Unlabelled Harmony - Sears?

    I would imagine that the badge could have been removed early on and any glue residue polished off. I think you have bought a mandolin that fulfils your criteria, all right. Here is an analysis and...
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    Re: Unlabelled Harmony - Sears?

    I imagine it had that "Space Dot" logo and it has fallen off with time.
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    Re: Unlabelled Harmony - Sears?

    Yes, it is a Sears vended Silvertone- a Harmony Monterey- the lower grade model with a faux finish.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/304156858040?hash=item46d12956b8:g:Aq0AAOSw1odfC3wV
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    Re: Seeking tailpiece for old bowl back

    You can use the screw in the middle below the tine that is ready to fail- it is in a reasonable position. It is unusual to have a screw there- normally there are only three screws on this sort of...
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    Re: Seeking tailpiece for old bowl back

    If you know somebody with a few metalwork skills and small tools, it might be possible to saw down from the hole and bend out a new short tine. The originals were just stamped out and then given a...
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    Re: Crazy Catania Creation!

    I think in Catania the various makers may have had an unspoken rivalry where some would try to bedazzle the others- you see the most outrageous guitars and this is the mandolin equivalent! There is a...
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    Crazy Catania Creation!

    For those who want to make a visual impact. The tuners look 1930s but it could be post war. The photos tell all- let's hope it sounds good after all that decoration. It may be in the category we have...
  10. Re: please help identify my Grandmother's mandolin

    I went back to the site and could not find the Dulceta- there was another called the Pearletta but the headstock shape was different. Here is an OS butterfly mandolin- different headstock but OS used...
  11. Re: please help identify my Grandmother's mandolin

    I am no expert but my inclination would be it was made by Oscar Schmidt of New Jersey in about 1910. These old bowl back mandolins do not command much in the way of value over and above their...
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    Re: Silvertone Mandolin identification

    I was looking at the photo on the finished eBay listing which magnifies a lot more and I think I can see two a couple of indentations above the RH tuner unit- it may be my imagination but if the...
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    Re: Silvertone Mandolin identification

    I think those tuners above are replacements- the one on the left hand side looks to be over the edge of the headstock a little. Mind you,that may be somebody at Kay drilled the holes too close to the...
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    Re: Silvertone Mandolin identification

    I am pretty certain that I can see the top imprint of a Kluson tuner in the photo when it is enlarged. Here is an analysis of the Silvertone 618 guitar from the 50s- you can see it was made with the...
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    Re: Silvertone Mandolin identification

    Scalloped Kay headstock and "wind chime" logo suggest early 1950s. The tuners are Japanese replacements for Kluson units that presumably had button rot. The original tuner type would help in the...
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    Re: Another unmarked bowlback from the "attic"

    It looks a lot like a Washburn Style 118 from the fairly early 1900s. As I assume it does not have a Washburn label, then it may be a very similar mandolin made by Lyon & Healy to be sold by a third...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Here is the very same guitar for sale in New York for $599. It is being sold by Rivington Guitars and presumably, judging by the blurb in the Japanese sale, this organisation sells under various...
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    She's back!

    Whoever bought this wreck wants the sore losers to have another chance on buying it! He has described the state of the wreck in some detail but you would have to be a glutton for...
  19. Re: 30's Gibson F-7 RW "Loar Buster" and 1936 F-5 Fern video link

    Your dog prefers the fern- and so do I - but they are both great!
  20. Re: JG Schroeder Mandolins, Any info on this one? Bowlback expert

    Yes, a good looking mandolin and still a bit of a mystery- but maybe a few more pieces of the puzzle will be found!
  21. Re: JG Schroeder Mandolins, Any info on this one? Bowlback expert

    Here is another- not so elaborately detailed but similar- it has migrated to the UK.
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  22. Re: Corroded tailpiece on old bowlback---how to remove??

    These tailpieces are available at eBay although you are unlikely to get one with that same engraving in the short term- it may take a long time. The engraved examples tend to go for more money. I...
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    Re: Help IDing old bowlback mandolin

    Jim is right, I am sure- that engraved flower motif on the tailpiece is seen on Weymann mandolins.
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    Re: Ornamented Dolphin Flat Back 1900-20s

    Judging by the headstocks on some of those sunfish mandolins, I would conclude they were made by Regal which probably would have been my main choice anyway. Possibly, earlier examples were made by...
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    Re: Ornamented Dolphin Flat Back 1900-20s

    I tried to find that earlier discussion which I had seen a while back but I just could not recall which marine creature had been used and I went for dolphin! Yes, it was sunfish.
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