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    Re: Radiotone Double Chamber Mandolin

    So, I bought the Radiotone mandolin in the Bamfords auction. Got it for 88. Here is a close-up of the damage to the neck joint:
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    It does not look like the result of being sat on - if it was...
  2. Thread: OM Rib Height

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    Re: OM Rib Height

    Hi Jeremy
    I'm in the middle of my first OM build too. I'm basing my design on this mandola made by Louis Patenotte in the 60's (I think).
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    The body will be 400mm long, 310mm wide and 85mm...
  3. Thread: Bowl back info

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    Re: Bowl back info

    $350 is a lot for a mandolin of that quality, in that condition. I would recommend looking around a bit before spending that kind of money.
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    Re: Date of Monzino Lombardic (Milanese) mandolin

    Great information, Guidal, many thanks. This instrument went to its new owner long ago, but it's very valuable to have the information on here for anyone looking for it in the future.
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    Re: Using pine, other "non-spruce" woods...

    I'm pretty sure that the great Spanish guitar-maker Torres didn't always use spruce. Supplies of timber were unreliable in those days and makers had to use whatever was available at the time. His...
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    Re: Mammoth mandolin on eBay

    Sorry folks, just realized someone else has already posted about this Are Lilliputians allowed to sell on ebay?

    Is there a way to delete a thread?
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    Mammoth mandolin on eBay

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/8-String-Mandolin-Musical-Instrument-Sunburst-A-Style-Acoustic-Electric-Mandolin/254123890909?hash=item3b2af6d8dd&enc=AQADAAADEFjVrDbVsZ8oH%2F8PNHtt9VX4%2Fw7FZcmMuqsX8uaFEdu...
  8. Re: Levin Mandolin Model 335 10 year warranty on eBay

    I have bought a couple of Levins from this seller and was happy with them. That's OK for me because I repair mandolins and sell them on. Many of those he sells by auction need work done. He sells the...
  9. Thread: Necks

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    Re: Necks

    My V joint is different from both of those. Here is a shot of a couple of dummies I made when I was first working this out. I hope it's clear how the V tapers (front to back of the head). The string...
  10. Re: Help identifying an old bowl back mandolin...

    Yes, of course there are Italian mandolins made of maple. But I reckon at least 99% of Italian bowlbacks that come up on eBay and other auctions (in UK anyway) are rosewood. That's why I said...
  11. Thread: Necks

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    Re: Necks

    German mandolins, even quite cheap ones, often had heads joined to the neck with a V-joint. That gives the strength of grain running parallel to both the neck and the head (as explained by Mirwa),...
  12. Re: Help identifying an old bowl back mandolin...

    I agree this is of German or Czech origin, late 30's or 40's. Italian makers rarely used maple for the bowls or solid wood for the necks - nearly always rosewood, with necks made of pine, veneered...
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    Re: Help please dating A-style Gibson

    The binding was still sound and intact, so I re-used it. It was easy to get rid of the old crumbled acetate. I cut some new acrylic tortoiseshell from StewMac and fitted it into the binding. I had...
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    Re: Help please dating A-style Gibson

    I'm not much of a player - I get my kicks from building mandolins and bringing dead ones back to life. I can't describe the sound as a player would, but to me the trebles sound clear and sweet and...
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    Re: Finished at last

    Nicely done! Even if you've done nothing else since January, that's still pretty good going.
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    It's generally reckoned among guitar makers (and players too probably) that guitars with spruce tops do mature noticeably in the first couple of years, though ones with western red cedar tops don't...
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    Re: Help please dating A-style Gibson

    Yes, the head thickness does taper down (from about 17mm to 13mm). The neck is made of quite nicely flamed maple and the neck block is indeed made of a much lighter-coloured wood than mahogany.
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    Re: Help please dating A-style Gibson

    I recently bought, repaired and sold on an oval-hole A style a lot like yours which had the same logo on the head. I am pretty sure Gibson had fitted a new fretboard and put the logo on while they...
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    Re: Help please dating A-style Gibson

    Yes Nick, that's the one. Thanks Nick and Jeff for your pointers. So, it looks like not earlier than 1942 and not later than 1951.

    One thing that puzzles me about this mandolin is that the neck...
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    Re: 12 String Mandolin

    Are your tuners side fitting or rear fitting?
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    Help please dating A-style Gibson

    Just received this Gibson A50 (I think). No label, serial number or any sign of a FON inside. Would be grateful for any clue about when it could have been made (or even if it really is a Gibson).
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  22. Re: Inexpensive Mandolin with longer scale length and wide nut wi

    See if you can get hold of an old German Waldzither. They have a longer scale length and were made to take 9 strings. With a new nut and bridge made to take 8 strings you will have loads of room. You...
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    Re: guidance about Levin mandolins models

    Levin mandolins are pretty well built, but often the sellers want silly money for them. If you really want one, you may have to pay silly money, or else search for a long time to find one at a...
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    Re: Cool trench art mandolin from WWI

    These 'trench' mandolins turn up on European eBay from time to time. They attract quite a bit of interest and usually sell for around 100. This seller will be very lucky to realize his dreams of...
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    Re: Disease among musicians...Report and study

    I don't have to worry about MAS. My interest in mandolins is not in playing but in fixing them up. As long as it's broken and cheap I can buy any mandolin I like, safe in the knowledge that once it's...
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