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    Re: Late 19th Century Mando banjo

    I posted up a Jetel banjo mandolin from the 1920s or 30s that had a bit in common with this one which I think is from the same era. In the main, yellow tuners buttons mean La Belle France although...
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    Re: Mystery Croatian Instrument

    "I wouldn't go into a Serbian bar and claim my tamburiza as a Croatian instrument!"

    If you did, you would need to place a sticker over "Glazbala Zagreb" on its top- maybe a Serbian double- headed...
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    Mystery Croatian Instrument

    Glazbala of Zagreb made some archtop guitars in the 50s or 60s which were imported into the UK. This is for sale in the USA and is nearly 26 inches long. I assume it most be an instrument that...
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    Re: Know what this is? It keeps staring at me!

    You see that inlay on the Harmony made and most likely Supertone branded instruments but it may have been more commonly used. This illustration does not show smaller detailers but the Supertone Viol...
  5. Re: Ultimate Vintage Snakeheadedness and Chocolatey Goodness

    Yes, a great case all right. I have been trying to sew leather and beginning to think that revamping case handles is for someone with more stitching tools and skills than I possess! I would be on the...
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    Re: Know what this is? It keeps staring at me!

    With Harmony Sovereigns- and there were a few models, it seems that towards the end by the early 70s, laminates were used for the bodies and sides and various new models brought out just before the...
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    Re: Know what this is? It keeps staring at me!

    This is the 1940 Harmony catalogue page showing low end archtops. It was posted by the late Francois Demont on the Harmony Guys site to a thread I had started back in 2015. The Ridgeway was one or...
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    Re: Know what this is? It keeps staring at me!

    "My Aunt got an F-hole archtop Harmony guitar for her birthday in 1942 that was all laminated."

    Are you sure it was made by Harmony? It may have been Silvertone branded and by then, Sears had sold...
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    Re: Identify 100 year old mandolin

    As your name is Scandinavian and you mention Europe, it might be a good idea to mention your homeland as maybe some of the European members here might be able to recommend someone to look at the...
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    Re: Identify 100 year old mandolin

    We had a discussion about an old Koa Sovereign here not so long ago. The owner began to restore it which I think was a new thread. Here it is in the link on the first post- and it has that metal...
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    Re: Identify 100 year old mandolin

    The tailpiece cover with that engraving is a style used by Oscar Schmidt ( I have an OS mandolin from the early 30s with that tailpiece design of engraving) and when this mandolin was made, Sovereign...
  12. Re: Ultimate Vintage Snakeheadedness and Chocolatey Goodness

    Jim, that is fabulous- and a case to match. I am sure the handle can be addressed. I have just been given some nice old leather and I am going to look at using it on some iffy case handles.
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    Re: Know what this is? It keeps staring at me!

    It's worth mentioning that Harmony made very few plywood guitars until the firm's last few years. The company's first f hole archtop- called the De Luxe in 1933 had ply sides and back but solid top....
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    Re: Film On Ebay Auction- 1960 Bowlback

    I have not seen anything like it before and it really helped show the mandolin with such detail and clarity. In the end, it only made 50 but the buyer, I am sure had much more of an insight into its...
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    Re: Know what this is? It keeps staring at me!

    It's a Supertone Viol the firm's most expensive mandolin made by Harmony in the 1920s- to a shape pioneered by Shutt. Jake Wildwood has stated these are hand carved and sound great.
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    Film On Ebay Auction- 1960 Bowlback

    This auction has a film of the instrument- a very helpful innovation which is available on the second photo. Has anyone seen this before? The mandolin is a circa 1960 East German or Czech instrument...
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    Re: 2-point Orpheum branded Strad-O-lin on eBay

    Yes, I would suggest when the Vintage Instruments mandolin is compared to the Retrofret example, I posted that the mandolin appears to be sensibly priced. The comparison also suggests that it is...
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    Re: 2-point Orpheum branded Strad-O-lin on eBay

    Here is another Stradolin- perhaps, just a few years older and it shows the same empty screw holes that were never drilled:

    https://www.retrofret.com/product.asp?ProductID=8974

    Harmony for many...
  19. Re: Retailer: W & S 1920s- Any Info? Stromberg-Voisinet

    Richard, I fixed the cracks in the board of my OS Tremolina mandolin with black Sugru mouldable glue and that has worked well. It might not be a fix I would use on an expensive instrument but then I...
  20. Re: Retailer: W & S 1920s- Any Info? Stromberg-Voisinet

    Mike, thank you for that info- I had not checked instrument makers as I assumed it must be a retailer label but as Weymann did sell from other makers, it seems very likely to be the most likely...
  21. Retailer: W & S 1920s- Any Info? Stromberg-Voisinet

    I have just bought a 1920s Stromberg-Voisinet teardrop shaped mandolin with that label inside. I was wondering if anyone here knows the identity of this firm which I assume to be a retailer. I am not...
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    Re: Do I need a mandola?

    Here's mine from 1914 which was amazingly inexpensive as it has a new back. I am hoping my luthier will carve me a new back, one day but it sounds great. It needs a tweak or two but it does play but...
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    Re: Jack Tottle's book

    I bought Jack Tottle's Bluegrass Mandolin tutor when it was first published in 1975. This being well before the internet and as I was in the UK, I knew a few of the players featured in the extensive...
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    Re: Low End Strad

    Here is another:...
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    Re: Teens? Gibson oval hole A at Goodwill Finds

    It is a Sheraton brown A-2 which debuted in 1917 or 1918. The number may begin with 61xxx which would be about 1920.
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