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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...
  3. 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.
  5. 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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    Re: Introducing Michele Vinaccia

    Well, it shows some similarities to my Vinaccia- the top edge of the headstock and the pin tailpiece for starters and yes, it is an inexpensive model- mine is certainly better.
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    Re: Introducing Michele Vinaccia

    Well, Michele Maratea's mandolin does have a fair few features that look like a Vinaccia instrument and as a former student this seems completely reasonable. One assumes that it was okay for students...
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    Re: A Vinaccia mandolin for export to USA ?

    There's no reason it should resemble a Vinaccia mandolin as it was made by OS.
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    Re: A Vinaccia mandolin for export to USA ?

    I think one of the Vinaccia brothers might have rented a corner of the Oscar Schmidt works in Jersey City and copied a few of their models adding the odd flourish of his own but this is not...
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    Gibson A4 1921 Paddle Head

    I posted this also in the thread regarding the value of an A4 from 1923. This mandolin has a repaired crack, pre-dates the truss rod and has no pickguard. Apart from that, it appears to be all...
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    Re: Looking for beginner mandolin.

    There have been a few Eastman mandolins on eBay in the UK- some are collection only, so depending on where you are, you could try one out and make an offer. I have to admit that my Chinese mandolin...
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    Re: 1923 A4 Gibson Value

    Here is an earlier paddle headstock from 1921- no truss rod. $1540 BIN original case, repaired crack and no guard but looks original. Ideally, the seller could have posted more photos....
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    Re: Looking for beginner mandolin.

    There are loads of relatively inexpensive beginner mandolins that are pretty good. There was an entry level Kentucky which is a well regarded brand. All these mandolins are far eastern made and with...
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    Re: Larson-Symphony Harp Mandola

    I would imagine these instruments are for the initiated- and those with a fair bit of cash, too! I find the normal configuration challenging enough! However, they do look spectacular and owning one...
  16. Re: Odd Oscar Schmidt 12 string (four courses) mandolin

    There have been quite a few of them for sale on ebay. Also, they were made in Germany over the years. As OS was originally a central European maker, I don't know if the mandolins made in America were...
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    Larson-Symphony Harp Mandola

    I'm not sure of the price but it looks interesting. I am assuming it is by the Larson Bros.
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    Re: Gagliano mando on Reverb

    Those Hoyer mandolins in the UK are listed for high prices. Whether or not they sell at those prices, I don't know. That recent one I posted did not sell it seems but others have although I think the...
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    Re: Gagliano mando on Reverb

    On the basis that Hofner- which was based in Schonbach, Czechoslovakia and was in limbo due to WW2 before restarting in Bavaria in about 1948, I find the date attribution at best dubious.Of course,...
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    Re: Kay Mandolin L 8290

    It is in this Kay catalogue from 1966 although I would reckon yours might be a year or two older- no K logo on the pickguard and the pointed headstock which in 1966 was curved. It is from a time when...
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    Re: Kay Mandolin L 8290

    Also show the tuner units as if they are original, it will help date the mandolin.

    Kay introduced a pear-shaped mandolin in 1939 and this was made until the firm went out of business and included...
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    Re: Kay Mandolin L 8290

    The number you detail is not relevant- we need a series of photos- the number you have seen is probably a batch number, I don't think anybody really knows their meaning. Arguably, the nicest Kay...
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    Re: Stradolin Seeks Glue

    I suppose anybody who was interested in bidding might ask the seller if the neck comes out completely and if some photos could be taken of the joint and neck to ascertain any extra work that might be...
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    Re: Stradolin Seeks Glue

    I don't know what sort of neck joint is used in a Stradolin. It may not be a dovetail- I am sure somebody out there will know. I think you are right that this sort of instrument in playing order...
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    Re: Stradolin Seeks Glue

    Some sellers mention that the instrument is wood which is handy to know. This is an eight string mandolin but the blurb is helpful as it mentions two are missing. However, if you want a 26 inch...
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