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    Re: Old ibanez mandolin

    Carved solid spruce top! I own the two point one in that link- branded as a Suzuki, which I spent a small fortune on as a student in 1977- it was about 20 week's rent- two thirds of the academic...
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    Clifford Essex Flat Back Mandolin 1920s?

    This mandolin has US made hardware. The original case is interesting as its latches appear to be made from plated or better metal than was the norm and the case is made of a higher quality fibre than...
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    Re: Bacon mandolins - who actually built them?

    Looking again at that Bacon Belmont on eBay, all the metal fittings are secured with Phillips screws. I don't know when Harmony went over to Phillips screws but I assume it was well into the 1960s...
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    Re: Bacon mandolins - who actually built them?

    Dave Bradford, it appears to be very similar to a Harmony Monterey- I have one- sold as an S S Stewart that is from 1938 or 1939- the f holes are different as are the tuners which suggest this...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Banjo - early??

    That style of Waverly tuner unit was used for quite a while- possibly nearly 20 years- in the first, second and into the third decade of the 20th century. I was wondering if the mandolin had Waverly...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Banjo - early??

    Unfortunately your instrument has new tuners and the old units would probably help to date it. I think the G & S case- from what I can see, does not have a rivet in the middle of the diamond. Cases...
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    Re: Il Globo mandolin

    Very few mandolins were made in the UK, so they were imported from Germany and Italy in the main but also from France and the USA in much smaller numbers, and also other countries- such as what is...
  8. Re: Washburn (Regal) Model 2427 Two-Point Flatback

    In my comment at Jake Wildwood's article regarding your mandolin, I mentioned that the eBay mandolin appears to be somewhere between the two versions shown in Bob Carlin's Regal book. The motif on...
  9. Re: Washburn (Regal) Model 2427 Two-Point Flatback

    If you get the Regal book, you can see catalogue illustrations of two Regal Superior mandolins. This one sold on eBay has the heart shaped cut out in the headstock which Bob Carlin mentions appears...
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    Re: Vega model 207 cyl. back. what's it worth?

    I have to admit, that I have only given instruments away and have never tried to sell or consign them. I know my friend when he had his shop did consignment sales on vintage guitars which worked okay...
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    Re: Vega model 207 cyl. back. what's it worth?

    The benefits of buying from a retail store are as you have detailed- and I have no problem with a retailer making a margin. However, making that margin often depends on buying that instrument at a...
  12. Re: Goldfinger's 1920s Mandolin Surfaces in Florida

    Yes, Jim, that neck may even have a bit of a twist to it and it is not even strung up but it really is one of the blingiest flat tops I have seen in quite a while! If it was $50 it would be worth it...
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    Re: Vega model 207 cyl. back. what's it worth?

    There was a Vega cylinder back on eBay recently- I was outbid, although I should have bid higher. It was probably the same model with its original hard case and it only made $560. It appeared to be...
  14. Re: Washburn (Regal) Model 2427 Two-Point Flatback

    The Superior was the Regal branded in the main and was sold as a Regal in those years- 1928-32. Often the branding took the form of the design on the tuner coverplate- whereas yours actually states...
  15. Re: Washburn (Regal) Model 2427 Two-Point Flatback

    I put up a comment on Jake's assessment- these were sold by Regal as the Superior from 1928 to 1932 and they were for sale also according to Bob Carlin's Regal book under the Washburn brand from1917...
  16. Goldfinger's 1920s Mandolin Surfaces in Florida

    This old flat top looks to be a 1920s Harmony made instrument- most likely for a mail order firm such as Sears, Roebuck. This one really has the glitz. Sadly, the board, which is cracked is probably...
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    Re: Imperiale mandolin ID help needed

    This mandolin appears to have Japanese made tuners (which were used in the 1960s by Kay of Chicago) but a typical American style tailpiece- which could have been made elsewhere. It's not an expensive...
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    Re: Stella mandolin ID help needed

    This Stella was made by Harmony -most likely in the 1960s. It's all there and may be playable but it would need somebody with some mandolin experience to tune it up and check that it plays okay-...
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    Re: Kay mandolin ID help needed

    It looks like an early 1950s Kay-64. This is a fairly low level Kay model and features painted binding and an all laminate wood body. Kay made mandolins over a fair few price points and this one is...
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    Merrill Aluminium Mandolin

    This one is in England although it was retailed new in Calcutta! You can imagine a typical bowlback being less than ideal for a tropical climate, whereas this type might fare a bit better. It's worth...
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    Re: Harp Mandola- Larson Bros

    In fact, having spent a bit more time looking at the listing, the only photo that enlarges for me, is the blurb that states it has a BIN price of $3,000- directly via the internet pawn shop email....
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    Harp Mandola- Larson Bros

    These have been discussed here before and they are generally sold with a high asking price and it may have been made by the Larson Bros. This one was was started at $2. I have not looked carefully at...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    The good news now is that no matter what your preference, it is possible to buy all manner of styles at various prices points. I can recall a time when an F style mandolin was expensive and I dreamed...
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    Re: Help identify this

    Here is the home page for that zither banjo site: http://zither-banjo.org.uk/pages/home.htm
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    Re: Anyone seen this one before?

    I think it is a Harmony mandolin- a style made first in the 1930s but yours has been modified and has lost its original tuners which would have helped date it. Here below is one branded as "Stella by...
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