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  1. Re: Corroded tailpiece on old bowlback---how to remove??

    Good work.

    Mike's right, the base piece for these are available fairly often on ebay, etc.

    The one caveat is that the width dimension of these is variable.

    I've got numerous ones of a...
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    Re: Crazy Catania Creation!

    I think it's fantastic, Nick, thanks for posting.

    I don't see this as bling or falling into the "presentation grade" mandolins we see from up north in Italy or the US, encrusted with MOP or MOTS....
  3. Re: please help identify my Grandmother's mandolin

    You can see on many on Sicilian mandolins from Catania this farfalla (butterfly) libellula (darning needle) or falena (moth) most often cut into the overall profile of scratchguard, rather than inset...
  4. Re: The Ernst: 1920's attempt at more volume

    Well my good friends here might cluck their tongues about it, but I think it's muy coolioso, novel or not.

    Interesting that Ernst was from Camden, NJ between the Weymann (Philadelphia) and the...
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    Re: Multi-bug Puglisi?

    Nice.

    A friend once said to me: "What's the best bicycle out there? The one you're riding RIGHT NOW."

    I got it.

    Sometimes I feel the same way about the mandolins or accordions I'm playing.
    ...
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    Re: Multi-bug Puglisi?

    A curious instrument in terms of its details and hardware.

    It doesn't look like Puglisi to me, though I can understand how it would come to mind. The tuners, tailpiece, bridge (maybe not...
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    Re: Help identifying old Martin mandolin

    Oh. That's an altogether other crack than the one I had noticed at first.

    The itch has gone away.

    Mick
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    Re: Help identifying old Martin mandolin

    By coincindence, here is a Martin B for sale on Ebay for $1450. Sort of in the price range I was amateurishly estimating.

    I think that is a lot of mandolin for the money.

    Rosewood back and...
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    Re: Help identifying old Martin mandolin

    Looks like a Martin B style mandolin from the era: Spruce top and rosewood back.

    A great combination of woods.

    Very desirable mandolin in good condition. Unfortunately the top on this has...
  10. Re: Another unmarked bowlback from the "attic"

    David's right....extra / ultra light strings only on this.
    It looks as if the neck might be in pretty playable shape.
    The bridge looks a bit sketchioso but that can be adjusted / replaced much...
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    Re: Vega roundback mandolins

    Doh. Sorry, bro.

    It did have me wondering how MJ would have scored a Vega over there in Wales.

    Maybe I was confusing it with that "Wonderful Martin" mandolin you have?

    Yeah, that must be...
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    Re: Vega roundback mandolins

    Wonderful, Martin.

    Fair play to you. That is truly a beauty.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Mick
  13. Re: JG Schroeder Mandolins, Any info on this one? Bowlback expert

    Here are a few images of this Schroeder for posteriority. Including an ad with an address for dita Schroeder.

    Also a 1898 date on the label.

    Nothing to make one think JG was a maker rather...
  14. Sonoma Sounds Interview with Sheri Mignano Crawford

    I hope Sheri doesn't mind me linking y'all to this great interview from the "Sonoma Sounds" series recently posted on YT.

    Sheri plays the accordion and discusses her work collecting, archiving...
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    Re: Ornamented Dolphin Flat Back 1900-20s

    Here are a few images of this one for posteriority.

    Mick
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    Re: adventures in Italian music

    Fun stuff, Paco. Thank you for sharing.

    I enjoy the split screen accompaniment.

    Both tunes I love and enjoy playing, particularly Aida. Your guitar really grounds it.

    I've got a Manjolin...
  17. Re: Separation of Soul and Body by Turlough O'Carolan

    Wonderful, Zach, thanks for posting.

    Maybe my favorite Carolan tune. I love playing it myself.

    Your version is delightful.


    Mick
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    Re: AP stamp on Kalamazoo KM11?

    Wow, Tom. Six? I've owned four and I thought that was obsessive.

    I do like them and have tended to keep one around and then pass it along.

    I've said it here before...for whatever reason...
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    Re: Italian Mandolin music being forgotten ???

    I admit to having the good fortune of being Irish, and being raised by my Italian padroni while my mother insisted we Texan pups learn Spanish.

    The cultural overlaps and blurring have always been...
  20. Re: bowl back mandolin attic find, help identify?

    What Martin said.

    Mick
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    Re: Carl C Anderson Flat Back 1899

    This is a very interesting mandolin. Great find!

    Quite a few details in common with an unlabeled very deep draught 'boat back' mandolin that I have.

    If the neck angle is good (and it doesn't...
  22. Re: bowl back mandolin attic find, help identify?

    While likely from the same era, Bob, there are quite a lot of stylistic and detail differences between yours and the OP's.
    So many so, that I wouldn't venture that they were made by the same...
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    Re: Washburn 220- 1906-15 Nice?

    I think that is an erroneous assumption, Nick. I don't think high action was the norm.....

    I've owned numerous Washburn / American Conservatory mandolins (including a 220 model) and quite a few...
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    Here is an interesting, if modest, Wurlitzer bowlback. Of the Cincinnati Wurlitzers, examples of which we have seen here.

    This one is notable for its curious assortment of details, including the...
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    Re: RIP Nanci Griffith

    Very sad news.

    Flags at half-mast here in town, though it's a far different place than when Nanci called it home.
    Her music epitomized everything I love about Texas.

    Mick
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