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  1. Re: Could you help a young wannabe-mandolin player with a bowlbac

    I see that mandolin style as 1920s-1930s German cottage industry, however, only god knows who made it, if that would matter at all in this case, which I do not think it should. The tuning machines...
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    Re: Vinaccia vs Embergher vsCalace Video

    Well played, Victor......and a nice "O sole mio" arrangement too. To my impaired sense of hearing the Vinaccia sounds the nicest, although the other two are not chopped liver either.
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    G. Bauer Bowl Back Mandolin Project

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-circa-1900-George-Bauer-The-Bauer-fancy-39-rib-Bowl-Back-Mandolin/124130524915?hash=item1ce6c17ef3:g:b-IAAOSwkU9efCRi

    A good looking mandolin. Very likely nice...
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    Re: C.F. Martin 80/20 strings on a bowlback

    Thank you Viktor, your ear is probably better than mine because I have been unable to tell those two string types apart. Tavy uses the Martin set too, and all mandolins I got from him had those...
  5. Re: Anyone have information on this very unique bowlback?

    Nice and very unique, perhaps one-off (custom) job for someone who liked abalone ornaments/parts as well as stained spruce tops. Unfortunately, the whole instrument looks over-sprayed to me, and not...
  6. Re: String-less Mandolin by Vinaccia, Vihuela & Larson Co.

    Mike, on this particular Vihuela I see only 4 frets. I guess that does the trick.
  7. Re: String-less Mandolin by Vinaccia, Vihuela & Larson Co.

    I knew that was not an ordinary mandolin.:confused:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KExQu-4wi9A
  8. String-less Mandolin by Vinaccia, Vihuela & Larson Co.

    This hunchback mandolin style defies description, but its eBay seller appears to have tried his best. Here it is for your edification and amusement:...
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    Re: Luigi Ricca mandolin

    Good luck with it.
    Your bridge distortion might actually help with the intonation: on old bowlbacks you'd typically have to increase the G string active length compared to the E strings. That is...
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    Re: Martin Style 15 1934

    The seller does seem to provide a rather fair mandolin description. The original bridge was a solid piece of ebony (compensated), and not hard to re-craft.
    However, there is no easy/cheap way to fix...
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    Re: Luigi Ricca mandolin

    Looks like you've got a nice mandolin there. It's hard to give you any practical input without more detailed pictures. If you could post a picture or two of the instrument back, the side, and also of...
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    Re: Very strange looking mandolin on eBay Italy

    Bravo cumpa, stu strumentu si chiama "gusle", and it is used mainly for performance of Balkan blue grass music, such as in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YmEMKiGZhk
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    Very strange looking mandolin on eBay Italy

    https://www.ebay.it/itm/Mandolino/124106232348?hash=item1ce54ed21c:g:v-YAAOSw~15eVj8r

    Over the years on eBay we all have seen a number of diverse string/plucked musical instruments being...
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    Re: Any help identifying old Mandolin?

    I would also ID that mandolin as American Conservatory (their lower grade instrument).
    On one of their pictures I detect a hint of fretboard upward bow which would impose limitations on playability....
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    Re: Gourd mandolin on Shop Goodwill

    This is a true story. When I was about 5 years of age, my grandfather decided it was the time for me to learn how to swim. The old Italian way. He tied two large dry gourds to my chest with a piece...
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    Re: Gourd mandolin on Shop Goodwill

    I think the utility of frets is greatly exaggerated. Set yourself free, remove the frets altogether, become guided by your ear to play in tune.:mandosmiley:
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    Re: Ebay: maple top mandolin

    Martin's old AK style mandolin had a koa top as well, in addition to the KOA back/sides.
    I have never found a tone comparison of the Martin spruce top vs. the koa top model. I used to own their...
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    Re: Interesting European Mandolinetto- Pre-War

    Monster case indeed: looks like chipwood covered with adhesive plastic wood grain tape on the outside.
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    Re: Gourd-backed mandolin

    No. Armadillo mandriola with stiff Preston tuners is the answer.:mandosmiley:
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    Re: Gourd-backed mandolin

    That is what I'd call a vegan mandolin. My definite preference over non-vegan kinds such as armadillo and such.
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    Re: Barrel back mandolin generously blinged

    That question crossed my mind too, although I am leaning to inlaid.
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    Re: Barrel back mandolin generously blinged

    I am unsure about its exact age, however, going by the listing pictures, I am fairly certain that the mandolin was put together by someone who had limited instrument building skills.
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    Barrel back mandolin generously blinged

    Here's a rather unique mandolin offering on eBay.com.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-BOWL-BARREL-BACK-MANDOLIN-8-metal-strings-I-think-1950s/184167693742?hash=item2ae13ffdae:g:SqUAAOSweaBeJKaW
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  24. Re: Old Program from Crescendo with Loyd Loar spotlight

    The original auction had ended with no bids, and the publication has been relisted: https://www.ebay.ca/itm/312990149104?ViewItem=&item=312990149104

    What's going on here, where have all the MC...
  25. Re: What Does Vinaccia and Phillips have in Common ?

    Absolutely, especially for the kind of money the seller obviously thinks he/she should get for it. After all, I think that is the plainest looking 19th century Vinaccia mandolin one can find out...
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