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  1. Re: Identifying bowlback mandolin and question about black inside

    You missed the point, the staves are by design all the same. Sorry, it's apples to bananas again. The mandolin staves aren't all that uniform, that's the difference.

    Anyone that wants to see the...
  2. Re: Identifying bowlback mandolin and question about black inside

    This is going to be a bit of thread drift but as I am now really curious about bowlback construction historically I'm looking at examples of bowled instruments that are still being built in the world...
  3. Re: Identifying bowlback mandolin and question about black inside

    Not to besmirch the cooper's trade, it is indeed a wonderful craft but comparing a cylindrical vessel with 1/2 inch thick or greater staves to a vessel that is made from staves that are 1/8 inch...
  4. Re: Identifying bowlback mandolin and question about black inside

    I think that bowls were a work of art that was beyond what the mortal woodworker could imagine. It took special skills to get the staves shaped, aligned and attached to each other. Chris Martin...
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    Re: Harmony F-style but not a Batwing

    Circa 1980-2000, imported and the only thing it has in common with the Harmony instruments made in Chicago is the name. That brand name was one of many applied to imported instruments. Harmony closed...
  6. Re: What tuners are these? Rigel A+ Deluxe (early 2000's)

    The good news is that Rubner makes some really nice A style tuners.
  7. Re: Identifying bowlback mandolin and question about black inside

    There weren't a whole lot people still building bowls in the 30's but apparently someone paid John D' Angelico to build one in 1933. D' Angelico appears to have used three strips of some fiber tape...
  8. Re: Identifying bowlback mandolin and question about black inside

    If you look through the hole in the paper in this picture you'll see what is underneath it and I'm willing to bet the majority of them were built the same way. Those are the staves and the dividers....
  9. Re: What tuners are these? Rigel A+ Deluxe (early 2000's)

    Yup, Grover. I doubt they still have them even though they are on the website. Another Schaller trait from this era was a slot head screw holding the cog. These are phillips.
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  10. Re: What tuners are these? Rigel A+ Deluxe (early 2000's)

    Schaller to my knowledge never used black on the worm, Grover did and the "engraving" looks very much like the Gibson Grovers I have. The Gibson Grovers did not come with black either. I'm pretty...
  11. Re: Stewmac mini Tele kit as 6 string tenor guitar?

    I actually posted a link to these a couple of years ago. I still think it's a cheap way to get into an electric. I just looked and people weren't making them tenor guitars they were making them...
  12. Re: Identifying bowlback mandolin and question about black inside

    Sorry, not buying it. We are talking about what amounts to tissue paper and sack cloth having magical properties. I'll give you the veneer, plywood is always stronger. This isn't the days of...
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    Re: Help identifying an old bowlback

    The 944 under the tailpiece was probably a catalog number. I'm surprised it was stamped there. I'm kind of leaning towards Harmony as the possible builder. The scratch plate and body shape are...
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    I am vintage. I do not have mojo as far as I know and if playing in a manner that would cause most people to turn and run then I guess I play like butter, but I have a good time doing it. Yeah, there...
  15. Re: Identifying bowlback mandolin and question about black inside

    Take a look at this thread. There are pictures of some forms (one type) as well as conversations about how bowlback mandolins were built. I think the lining inside was most likely a method to keep...
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    Re: Gig bag for pancake mandolin?

    Have you ever noticed how much pancake mandolins look like tennis racquets? :)

    Take a trip to your local big box sporting goods store. It's a real plus if your name is Wilson.
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    Re: Another rescue, older hondo

    Does it look like any in these pictures? It would b easier if you could post a picture of your mandolin.
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    Re: Drop In Tuners For 1933 Gibson A

    It's still up. Paul Hostetter's family has kept it alive.

    http://www.lutherie.net/tuner.maintenance.html
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    Re: A model case for old Gibson

    What I really miss are the old Musicians Friend cases they sold for $25.00 and fit a short neck mandolin perfectly. I still have one.
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    Re: Drop In Tuners For 1933 Gibson A

    Also, check the slot in the nut for the strings that aren't turning to make sure it's not binding there.
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    Re: Epiphone Windsor in the classifieds

    For Posterity:
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    Re: Epiphone Windsor in the classifieds

    There is history here. People either love them or hate them and they appear every now and then. Someone posted this catalog page years back. If this was Harry's it has been discussed here before.
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    Re: Drop In Tuners For 1933 Gibson A

    Actually the tuners you used would not drop into his. The post spacing is different.
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    Re: Drop In Tuners For 1933 Gibson A

    If it is indeed a 1933 then you need the modern spaced tuners. Stewmac makes two different Golden Age tuner sets. One will fit the earlier worm under models from the teens and early 20's and the...
  25. Re: Bourgeois M5A Mandolin - Anyone seen one in the flesh?

    Eastman Strings owns Bourgeois now and I haven't seen anything from this partnership as of yet. Hopefully it won't be similar to the partnership between Gibson and Epiphone or Gibson and Flatiron.
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