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    Re: 1924 Martin Pickguard

    This may be a Martin made S S Stewart and it has a different pickguard to a Martin branded instrument. If Martin made a different style for S S S, then that may have been the same for Dyer but that...
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    Re: Help ID approx date on L&H bowlback?

    Here is a style 215- it has a crown shaped tailpiece cover- but the tuners are not enclosed- and less ribs with dot markers.
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    Re: Help ID approx date on L&H bowlback?

    It looks a lot like a style 220- made from 1905 onward. It is not identical to the one in the book- which has an extra inlay in the board and an engraved coverplate to the tuners and an engraved...
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    Re: Reid & co

    Take it out of the case every now and again.This is my A. Monzino & Garlandi of Milan mandolin from about 1930. It was almost certainly made by Meinel & Herold of Klingenthal, Saxony and retailed in...
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    Re: Help ID approx date on L&H bowlback?

    At a guess, early 1900s. However, as we cannot see the front of the headstock or the fingerboard, then there may be more to go on for a more exact ID as there will be more detail there. Here is one...
  6. Re: 1922 Gibson Mandolin Production Estimate - By Model

    Joe, thank you for that info. As I mentioned, the two labels appear to have coincided in use for a while circa 1930- which suggests that the new labels were printed as the older style stock was...
  7. Re: Any ideas regarding manufacturer and age of this Mandolin?

    Here is a woebegone example that has exactly the same tuners- or what is left of them. Lyon & Healy had another brand called Lakeside that was even less expensive. Have a trawl through the completed...
  8. Re: Any ideas regarding manufacturer and age of this Mandolin?

    It looks to be 1890s or early 1900s. It may be a Lyon & Healy American Conservatory branded instrument or it might be made by Regal. AC was a less expensive brand than the company's Washburn...
  9. Re: 1922 Gibson Mandolin Production Estimate - By Model

    I have a question for Joe- it may be answered in his book but I cannot find it. When did the Gibson label go from proclaiming Gibson Mandolin Guitar Company to Gibson, Inc.?

    I have seen a label...
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    Re: Stradolin or copy?

    Here is one of those "Kay" mandolins- but not from the original company but from one of the revivals selling far eastern versions- the same happened with the Harmony company- the name was revived and...
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    Czech or German 1950s flat back

    I assume it to be East German or possibly Czech. It has a very sad face- almost ready to burst into tears. I assume if somebody buys it and fixes it up, it might be happier. Anyway, it's in Germany...
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    Re: Stradolin or copy?

    It looks very much like the far eastern mandolins that were copies of the Kay pear-shaped mandolin style. They seems to appear with all manner of names after Kay folded in 1968. A photo of the tuners...
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    Re: Reid & co

    The tuners are German and probably 1930s- but that does not make the mandolin German made although it could be. I have mentioned other countries already and I would add Italy to the list. However,...
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    Re: B & J Serenader Resonator Mandolin 1930s

    I have a very nice B & J Serenader mandolin made by Regal in the mid-30s. It has a red spruce top and was doubled up by quite a nice guitar- which you saw commonly in the 30s. Here is the guitar- in...
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    Re: B & J Serenader Resonator Mandolin 1930s

    Yes, it appears to be like this one- where we get to see the silver paint! However, the B & J appears to have something much closer to the cover plate.
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    B & J Serenader Resonator Mandolin 1930s

    I don't know if this is a genuine resonator as opposed to the Faux-bro. It looks like there may be a diaphragm inside. Certainly. Sears, Roebuck sold a very cheap Supertone example which looks just...
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    Re: "Refurbished Gibson"

    I saw the Meters at Tipatina's in 1990. Leo Nocentelli was playing a Starcaster- the first and last time I have seen one but I do remember the razzmatazz when the guitar was launched back in the...
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    Re: Need an ID on Neapolitan style bowback

    I could not see all of the instrument- the number of staves or the tuner units but what I could see suggested it be be very similar- and you reckon it is the same. Obviously, it would appear to be a...
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    Re: Need an ID on Neapolitan style bowback

    Your photos have not captured the whole instrument. The tuner buttons will be celluloid. They may predate Bakelite which was devised in 1907. Here is a very similar instrument identified as made by...
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    Re: Eastman Mandocello

    I am sure that Stew Mac would be able to answer your question. Here is the web blurb from the company with plenty of technical detail on a drawing. I know the company sells various versions of the F...
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    Re: Any help is greatly appreciated.thank you

    It is probably pre-war and made in Saxony or across the border Czechoslovakia. That headstock shape is typical of Saxony in Germany but you cannot rule out it being made elsewhere in Europe. If you...
  22. Thread: Jams in the UK

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    Re: Jams in the UK

    There is a bluegrass jam in west Surrey- called the Slow Jam and it meets on the second Tuesday of each month- tomorrow. There are other jams over the border into Hampshire. The slow jam is convened...
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    Re: Gibson A1 (requesting information)

    It was made in either 1912 or 1914 but the earlier date may be more likely.
  24. Re: 1939 Regal Custom Mandolin- Carved Top- Two Point- Oval Hole

    That mandola looks great. Generally, if sold by a third party, its name would be engraved on the plate that covers the tuners It is one of the middle range Regal instruments- probably 1920s. Bob...
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    Re: Introducing Michele Vinaccia

    This is an excerpt from a post by PiccoloPrincipe from that earlier thread that I posted above regarding Michele Maratea.


    "Maratea was an awesome luthier and his work is very well respected (As...
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