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    Re: Washburn no. 1898 style E

    Yes, that makes perfect sense. I'm not sure if there is a number on those sold on ebay recently. I will take a look. The incomplete example appears to be about 30,000 - using your rule of thumb would...
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    Re: Washburn no. 1898 style E

    Then there was this one on ebay- I can't work out what the label shows: ...
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    Re: Washburn no. 1898 style E

    My best guess is that somebodymade a mistake writing out the label! After all, it is not an 1898 style instrument. Just one of the many anomalous things that crop up from time to time that seem to be...
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    Re: Washburn no. 1898 style E

    I think it is clearly a Regal made instrument. I have a very similar but lesser quality mandolin that was sold by Jenkins out of Kansas City. Here is a Jake Wildwood analysis of a Style 2424 which is...
  5. Re: Fratelli Tassinari (Napoli) -Help with Info and Value

    The crack is a major negative. I would speculate that those are not the original tuners but are replacements from the 1920s or 30s- not that that is a big deal- and they were added some time in the...
  6. Re: Anyone near Camarillo want to make a few bucks?

    He must be very busy if he is happy with a mere $30. He's not "Relaxin' at Camarillo" for sure.
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    Re: Help please dating A-style Gibson

    That's very good!
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    Re: I just want to know the year

    That suggests it is accurate- which label does the mandolin have inside- as that info may help pinpoint it as a model?
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    Re: Help please dating A-style Gibson

    As Tony and I live in the UK, I used the brand name Perspex but I nearly wrote Plexiglas- as most of those who might read the comment would not be familiar with Perspex. On another matter, the...
  10. Re: Help identifying an old bowl back mandolin...

    Yes, I have a maple Vinaccia. As I wrote, those tuners and dots are my main stumbling bock- and those tuners appear to be on that 1960s Catania mandolin that Jake Wildwood worked on.There is no way,...
  11. Re: Help identifying an old bowl back mandolin...

    Here is a 1960s Carmelo Catania mandolin with a slothead and a zero fret. http://vintagesoulguitars.com/reseating-loose-frets-1960s-carmelo-catania-mandolin/

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    Here are those "double...
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    Re: TG 50 Gibson dating

    Whispering! Nice guitar- great sound.
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    Re: Help please dating A-style Gibson

    Tony, that's great- did you remake the whole of the pickguard? I'm pleased it has worked out so well. I got the pickguard for my 1936 Wards Model 1642 last week. Gordon Wells made me one from scratch...
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    Re: Help with ID'ing a Mandolin

    You have not shown the whole instrument- it would be useful to see the whole of the front. From what I can see, it is a mandolin but if the neck is longer, then it is not. The tuners with their...
  15. Re: Help identifying an old bowl back mandolin...

    The Italians had a craze for double dot markers in the 1950s and the tuners look like the sort that you found on Levin mandolins at about that time. My guess is that it is Italian made with Swedish...
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    Re: Harwood mandolins and guitars

    There is an identical harp guitar on ebay- right now, for sale- virtually unplayed it is reckoned. It is a Sears, Roebuck "Supertone"- a Harmony made instrument which was a company that Sears had...
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    Re: I just want to know the year

    I thought that Lyon & Healy labels where there were dates printed, were the model date- eg 1897 model or some award given in a particular year. Is the date hand written on the label?
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    Re: I just want to know the year

    Let's hope while this thread is "live" that someone can shed a bit more light on this model and its approximate age. My guess is 1910-1920. It's good to know it has been played and cherished and you...
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    Re: I just want to know the year

    Yes, Brazilian rosewood. Your label is a way of dating the instrument but I do not know about the Victoria labels- whether they changed over the years- like the various Washburn labels. I would...
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    Re: I just want to know the year

    The 235 has 28 rosewood staves. I assume the tailpiece cover is missing? You see a lot of engraving on the metalwork of the 235 but to save some expense, to give B & J an edge, plainer items may have...
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    Re: I just want to know the year

    If you could count the number of staves, that would be useful. It looks a bit like a Style 225 from L & H. They were made before 1897 and for many years later.
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    Re: And Now We’ve Lost Dr. John

    That's sad news. His health has been poor for quite a while. He was a survivor and a really great musician. I never got to see him although I did see The Meters in New Orleans at Tipitina's back in...
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    Re: I just want to know the year

    B & J started in 1897, so that's your base date.
  24. Thread: Older Find

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    Re: Older Find

    Mike, my mandolin/guitar man has tapped the posts out after undoing the screws which was not a problem- he has given me the necessary items to do this but has cautioned against hitting too hard with...
  25. Thread: Older Find

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    Re: Older Find

    William Smith. Yes, that's why I bought them to stick on my A2 which is 1923. I am taking them to my mandolin man tonight for his opinion. My question is, are the holes in the plates narrower- or do...
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