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  1. Re: Another Mystery Bowlback (to test your patience)

    Jim, that's it- when I follow that link it opens up automatically with that photo but I suppose that's because I had copied it earlier. The mails are unusual- I know United used them on cheap guitars...
  2. Re: Shocking revelation! Lyon & Healy Style C on eBay

    I would have been interested as I have a massively indulgent luthier who does amazing work and charges me so very little for his expertise- and he would have risen to this challenge. However, the...
  3. Re: Another Mystery Bowlback (to test your patience)

    Jim, that is odd as it was displayed for a while. If you click on this, you should see the photo- enlarged.
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  4. Re: Another Mystery Bowlback (to test your patience)

    Here are those tuners- nicely nailed in!181782
  5. Re: Another Mystery Bowlback (to test your patience)

    Those are German made tuners- probably pre-1930. I think it is European and the Italians- especially Sicilians loved butterflies. This is a Carmelo Catania- it appears to have similar tuners. Of...
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    Re: My pinky won't go where I tell it!

    I have always used my pinky- because that's what Jack Tottle advised in his book which I bought in 1976. However, when it comes to chords, with the Gibson scale, I have always had trouble with the G...
  7. Re: Circa 1940 Mandolin- Flat Top- recessed tuners- very odd.

    Those front enclosed tuners in my photo above are from a 1914 Weymann but I think they were used for quite a while.
  8. Re: Circa 1940 Mandolin- Flat Top- recessed tuners- very odd.

    I would assume that like tuners, bridges were made by other specialist makers and bought in- so, they might be common to a number of mandolin makers. Certainly, this cheap mandolin has a bridge that...
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    Re: Is this a real Larson?

    Jim, those attachments do not seem to open. This is a shame as I would like to see these definitive identifying aspects of the Larson made mandolin.
  10. Re: Circa 1940 Mandolin- Flat Top- recessed tuners- very odd.

    The bridge on this mandolin also appears to be the same as on a Weymann Mandolute. Here are the same tuners on a Mandolute from 1914. Quite frankly, anybody in need a a mandolute bridge might want to...
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    Re: Is this a real Larson?

    It seems plenty of mandolin sellers attempt Larsony.
  12. Re: Circa 1940 Mandolin- Flat Top- recessed tuners- very odd.

    I assume the braces have fallen off and are stacked up inside! I would imagine the tuners are the best part of this ensemble- although the case might suit someone- it appears to be okay. All very odd...
  13. Circa 1940 Mandolin- Flat Top- recessed tuners- very odd.

    This looks like it many have been made by United- or whoever took over the Oscar Schmidt works in the late 1930s. It is a low budget mandolin but it has those recessed tuners that you would see on an...
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    Re: Is this a real Larson?

    Those SAMMO mandolins are almost certainly a Harmony made instrument which would be my opinion on this mandolin's maker.
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    Re: 1930's SS Stewart Mandolin

    A Gibson A-00 was $30 in 1937- so that puts this instrument into context as far as price. My Wards 1642 carved top made in 1936 is essentially a Gibson A50 but without the truss rod. I have no idea...
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    Re: 1930's SS Stewart Mandolin

    Harmony may have made cheap instruments but they weren't plywood so ignore what Magwumps wrote- judge the instrument on its own merits. It was retailed at $30 which is not cheap- you could buy a...
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    Re: 1930's SS Stewart Mandolin

    Your mandolin was $30- reasonably expensive and as I surmised it has a spruce top as per the guitar with a maple body- all good news. My two mandolins are the $16-50 mandolin while that polished...
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    Re: 1930's SS Stewart Mandolin

    You sometimes find with these spiffed up third party instruments, that the wood quality has been sacrificed for a dazzling finish. What gives me hope, is that the guitar version has those expensive...
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    Re: 1930's SS Stewart Mandolin

    Your mandolin does not look like a tight fit in the case and this may mean the pair have come together later in life. However, the case looks like a good one. My S S Stewart for the hard Lifton case...
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    Re: 1930's SS Stewart Mandolin

    I have taken a look at my two S S Stewart mandolins. The superworn one which came with a chipboard case cost $50. It looked a mess- someone had screwed a Gibson style tailpiece on to the bottom rear...
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    Re: 1930's SS Stewart Mandolin

    Here below is another tuxedo style S S Stewart- it has the same logo as your mandolin- but it is a guitar- made by Harmony. It has Waverly Tune Rite tuners- which Harmony used about 1939/40. I have...
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    Re: 1930's SS Stewart Mandolin

    It looks to be a mid-30s Harmony and it is probably based on the Monterey mandolin style. If you look inside you may be able to work out what it is in terms of wood. I have two S S Stewart mandolins...
  23. Thread: Mystery Mandolin

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    Re: Mystery Mandolin

    The Octophone headstock is somewhat like this mandolin but it does have a curve- as was typical of Regal mandolins- to my eye it has always been rather lacking in any flair- but I'm not complaining....
  24. Thread: Mystery Mandolin

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    Re: Mystery Mandolin

    It really is a bit of a mystery. It has clipped tuner plates of a style that suggests 1930s or possibly 1940s. That pickguard is very odd and the rather utilitarian headstock shape, with that...
  25. Thread: Mystery Mandolin

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    Re: Mystery Mandolin

    It really is a bit of a mystery. It has clipped tuner plates of a style that suggests 1930s or possibly 1940s. That pickguard is very odd and the rather utilitarian headstock shape, with that...
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