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    Re: Sorting out the Vinaccias

    And the label
    195524
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    Re: Sorting out the Vinaccias

    Some music shop in Australia was recently selling an unusual mandolin, claiming to be Fratelli Vinaccia from the year 1953, which is very interesting, to say the least. The instrument doesn't look...
  3. Re: Interesting Old Soviet/Russian instrument ID and Tune Please

    This is Bandura, Ukrainian folk instrument. The tune is Cossack's Khorea "Rozhe Slichnaya" - an Ukrainian cossack's song based on a prayer to Virgin Mary.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandura
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    Re: Another odd Mandolin needs ID

    It is never a good idea to assume the case was original to the instrument, unless there is a label of a maker on the case (Vinaccia comes to mind, they supplied beautiful cases (probably as an extra...
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    Re: Salvstore Narcisi fu Paolo

    Nearly all Italian bowlbacks, with the exception of the Roman models, where the neck and peghead is one piece, have veneered neck.
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    Re: Salvstore Narcisi fu Paolo

    Looks more like 20C to me, perhaps turn of the century the earliest.
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    Re: Another odd Mandolin needs ID

    The tuners are certainly highly unusual. The case is Italian, I had one of those. Most likely this instrument was made in Catania, they didn't hesitate to experiment there. The tailpiece is likely to...
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    Re: Sorting out the Vinaccias

    Unlikely, as they only appeared in 1900-1901 and the article apparently discusses the earlier instruments.
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    Re: Sorting out the Vinaccias

    Interesting that no one wrote a book on Vinaccia. All info is scattered in various places. There must be modern branches of V. family that know more and given there are still hundreds if not...
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    Re: Sorting out the Vinaccias

    Thanks for picking up the date of a Kansas newspaper, I was out by 10 years. I guess we won't know for sure now, Vinaccia was a big family...
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    Re: Sorting out the Vinaccias

    Hi Mick,

    It must have been an old Pasquale. He passed away in 1882, according to Wikipedia. The article is from 1883, but the actual voyage could have happened a year or more ago easily. By the...
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    Re: broke back mandolin on Ebay

    Looks like someone badly needed the Eastman label. Or perhaps it is still there? A mystery, really.
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    Re: Sorting out the Vinaccias

    Also an interesting paper article from 1893 from here:
    https://www.lucassobieranski.com/vinaccia-mandolins-history

    194860
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    Re: Sorting out the Vinaccias

    1902 Label is already different:
    194852
    And another great item found in the net:
    194853
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    Re: Sorting out the Vinaccias

    New label:
    194849194850

    A very interesting 1901 Vinaccia with Calace-like sound ports. Just about the time Calace first used this innovation. Label mentiones both brothers, Gennaro and Achille.
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    Re: Best Wall Hanger For Mandolin

    There was kind of a fashion of putting guitars on the wall in early 20c in Europe. I once saw an old Ramirez guitar leaflet that specifically warned against that practice, saying that the back of a...
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    Re: Blind test of 6 different bowlbacks

    OK, many thanks for taking an interest in this blind test. It confirms to me that the beauty is not only in the eye of the beholder, but also, to a degree, in the ear ;) Please find the photo of the...
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    Re: Blind test of 6 different bowlbacks

    Yes, it is mine, but since I play by ear and can't write music, alas, I have to disappoint you...
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    Re: Blind test of 6 different bowlbacks

    Yes, in a concert environment, certainly. But in case of recording I wanted to elminate that variable and concentrate on tonal qualities of different instruments only.
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    Blind test of 6 different bowlbacks

    Hi all. I am going to offer you a blind test of 6 different bowlback mandolins. I was having fun today playing them side by side and recording the results using Rode mini USB mic and Audacity with no...
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    Re: Hopf mandolins

    German factory-mаde instrument from Markneukirchen, has nothing to do with Diether Hopf, I am afraid. Hopf was a known brand for violins that was widely used to be stamped on factory-made cheap...
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    Re: Neapolitan mandolins at Bernunzio

    More photos:
    194353194354194355194356194357194358194359194360
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    Re: Neapolitan mandolins at Bernunzio

    Got myself a new baby. Fancy double top Ceccherini, number 2350, I guess Circa 1915 or so. Not as fancy as the one sold by Bernunzio, not fluted and with short fretboard, but with the same ornaments...
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    This is how Gibson looked to Czechs

    Czech Lignatone catalogue page from 1960's.

    193720
  25. Re: Who made this mandolin: Angelo Mannello ?

    Whoever made it (Mannello is likely), congratulations on your purchase. Certainly a museum-grade instrument.
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