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    Re: No makers marks on this one.

    This OS mandolin has similarities and the same tuners. However, we cannot see important aspects of the mandolin in question. I can't help with identifying the tiny tot:...
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    Re: No makers marks on this one.

    My first thought is Oscar Schmidt. I don't know what others might suggest.
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    Re: Advice needed on shipping Gibson A-Jr to UK

    I have bought a number of instruments from the USA and imported them into the UK. My personal experience is that when the instrument arrives in the UK- and in most cases, the carrier has been USPS,...
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    Re: ID help for this mystery machine please

    I think the tuners on the subject mandolin are original and they appear to be 1950s or even 1960s- the buttons are in two pieces and the units themselves appear to be better quality than many you...
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    Re: Help identifying possibly vintage mandolin

    It is probably from the 1890s- possibly not so old and you have the maker's label which you can research yourself. I don't know anything about this maker- possibly others do. It looks like a...
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    Re: ID help for this mystery machine please

    Here is a 1930s version of the type- helpfully marked as being made in Czechoslovakia. You can tell by the tuners and metal bridge, that it is 1930s and it was probably made to be sold by a British...
  7. Re: 1923 A2- To Drill Or Not to Drill? That is the question...

    Darryl, you are spot on with the mandolin's number series and I appreciate your comment. I will continue to mull over this issue- it is not something that has to be finalised immediately- after all...
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    Re: Reverb Gibson 2 Point

    The seller says the bridge is non-original. I would not be so sure, as it could well be original to the Japanese or Korean mandolin body in this lash up.

    Here is a Samick:
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  9. Re: How important is having the original hardshell case?

    I get the distinct impression, that many buyers in the 1930s or early 40s when times had been very hard, that with a limited budget, most was spent on the instrument and although the case was not an...
  10. Thread: Vintage Russian?

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    Re: Vintage Russian?

    Here is one that is more recent in manufacture and the label has less of a "Ministry of Mandolins" feel to it. As my father was a Soviet/Russian expert I used to meet people from the Soviet Union...
  11. Thread: Vintage Russian?

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    Re: Vintage Russian?

    It was made in Leningrad at what may have been the old Zimmerman factory which was nationalised after the 1917 Revolution. There is its number and there may be a date shown - 11-61.
  12. Re: Early 1900s Mandolin. NEED HELP IDENTIFYING!

    You see those tuner units in the 1890s and 1900s but they have brass whereas these are steel plate versions, so it may be further in to the century as you suggest.
  13. Re: Early 1900s Mandolin. NEED HELP IDENTIFYING!

    It is probably a product of one of the Chicago makers and the most likely one is Lyon & Healy, a company that had many brands, the most well-known being Washburn. However, the comapny made...
  14. Thread: Orpheus

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    Re: Orpheus

    I see there is a higher grade one on Worthpoint. My immediate reaction is that it was made in Japan but it may have been made in South Korea. The instrument's value is not a great deal if in good...
  15. Thread: Identify help

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    Re: Identify help

    After the original Kay company closed for business in 1968, various companies have used the brand. This mandolin is from one of these owners and was made most likely in South Korea in one of the very...
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    Re: Can anyone identify this mandolin?

    I would be interested to know if there is a screw hole in the top and side for a pickguard. If not, then the body may be from an oval hole A-00 and with a new fingerboard added as Mike Edgerton...
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    Re: Deterioration due to closed case

    This mandolin had not been played for years when I bought it- as is patently obvious. The deteriorating pickguard had burned the top of the mandolin a little, and can just be seen below the hole and...
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    Re: a strange mandolin

    If the bridge position you show gives the correct intonation, then there is nothing you can do other than accept it, even if it looks a bit odd!
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    Re: Is this a mandolin??

    That style of tuner button is often seen on French made instruments- or possibly somewhere that was in the French Empire such as north Africa or the eastern Mediterranean. Of course, they may have...
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    Thornward Bowlback

    Appears to be in good order. Montgomery Ward's flagship brand at the time- blingtastic. Looks like 36 ribs and may be similar to a Washburn model, or maybe Bauer-others can name the maker...
  21. Thread: Jimmy Capps

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    Re: Jimmy Capps

    At 3:11, you see Jimmy and Charlie Louvin with their Harmony guitars- Charlie has a Harmony Sovereign. Apparently, Shot Jackson organised that deal with Harmony. Jimmy said in another interview a...
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    Re: Ortega Mandolins Opinions

    You could try sticking with that higher action for a while as sometimes a challenging (as opposed to an unplayable!) action can be good for your progress. However, if that is not the case, you might...
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    Re: Stahl Bowlback Mandolin

    I steered clear of the "Larson or not" debate on that mandolin but as you suggest, if it is from the Larson Brothers it is a pretty good buy. I have to admit that I sat up late to put in my final bid...
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    Stahl Bowlback Mandolin

    Needs work- $220.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Early-Vintage-Larson-Bros-Stahl-Round-Back-Mandolin-Wisconsin-USA-Good-Shape/143433308346?hash=item21654a98ba:g:nwIAAOSwHwldwdLl

    This Stahl Larson...
  25. Re: Looking for more information about my mandolin

    Your mandolin was almost certainly made by United of New Jersey. United on their lower end instruments nailed in the tailpiece and tuners. It looks like the nails have been replaced on the tuners. We...
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