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    Re: Lyon and Healy 1890s Advertisments

    For $108 US paid for that mandolin in 1923, the inflation calculator gives me around $1,600 US in 2019 $.
    If we assume a working class American in the manufacturing industry was making perhaps...
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    Re: Lyon and Healy 1890s Advertisments

    True, but for my money those old Gibsons are best looking when left in natural finish. Gibson's white, Sheraton brown, Cremona brown, red etc. dyed mandolins do not quite agree with my peasant sense...
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    Re: Lyon and Healy 1890s Advertisments

    Epilogue: In 1928 Tonk Bros Co. bought the L&H mandolin line, including the Washburn brand. This is how they marketed the top L&H mandolin known to us today as Style A. The "Washburn" model name was...
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    Re: Lyon and Healy 1890s Advertisments

    In the manufacture of their carved top/bottom style A,B,C mandolins, L&H must have adopted some violin making methods such as plate graduation and tuning. However, in their advertising they do get...
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    Lyon and Healy 1890s Advertisments

    Those were the days of certain innocence, when the carnage of WWI was still years in the future, and bowl back mandolins were selling briskly in the States by the flourishing Lyon and Healy Co.
    (The...
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    Re: Old Mandolin Restorer's Dilemma

    I have a bit of a rustproofing spray left over after treating my truck undercarriage with it this fall. Very tempting to use it on one of the mandolins I am in the process of sprucing up for sale on...
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    Old Mandolin Restorer's Dilemma

    Often times those of us who dabble in old mandolin restoration have to know when to pull back with our instrument surface finishing efforts, otherwise the end result might appear overdone.....like...
  8. Re: Shocking revelation! Lyon & Healy Style C on eBay

    The "project" selling strategy works its magic again. Damn.
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    Re: Anyone ever heard of a 'Kitolin'?

    No, I haven't. It almost looks to me as if "Kitolin" was coined up as a contraction of kithara-mandolin.
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    Re: "Ceccherini" Bowl Back Mandolin on eBay

    Martin, I see you are using good info sources skillfully.
    I have been tempted to get the Sparks book, but its price is kind of steep.

    I have often wondered why the De Meglio mandolins became such...
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    Re: "Ceccherini" Bowl Back Mandolin on eBay

    Good finds, Martin.

    A few comments/questions:

    * How did a dashing young fellow such as Francia become a putative "Mandolinist to the Queen of Italy" ?:grin:
    * I can not positively identify his...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    This Gibson mandola sale on eBay looks like a scam.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/1927-Gibson-Style-H1-Mandolin/312868503552?hash=item48d86a8000:g:kmQAAOSwz39d4qd7

    Edit: Looks like eBay has taken it...
  13. Re: Shocking revelation! Lyon & Healy Style C on eBay

    My experience exactly. There is something convoluted which triggers people's hunter-gatherer instincts when they see a "project" for sale. At one point in time I became tempted to drop on purpose my...
  14. Re: Shocking revelation! Lyon & Healy Style C on eBay

    Alas, accidents happen even to nice mandolins like that one.

    Let us assume that I'd have to fork out $650 to win the auction and get the mandolin shipped to me.
    With Ontario sales tax that comes...
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    Testori vs. Testore: Rags to Riches

    This low-end constructed (appointed) mandolin by Francesco Testori seems excessively overpriced (Euro 2,000 BIN price, no offers accepted): ...
  16. Thread: Lyon an Healy?

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    Re: Lyon an Healy?

    Not foolish at all, methinks. That's called "redundancy", or "defense in depth". In other words, if your luthier messes up one of your L&Hs, then he'd have your second L&H handy from which they could...
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    Re: Lyon an Healy?

    That's an apt citation.:) However, my mandolin acquisition program had been governed by a complementary quote: the only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.:grin:
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    Re: Lyon an Healy?

    OK OK, now that I have found the seller doesn't ship to Canada, I will admit I might have erred in judgement there.:whistling:
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    Re: Lyon an Healy?

    Looks like a Pacific Rim made imitation of a Ditson mandolin.....no tailpiece cover either. Pass.
  20. Eilee Pakenham, her Compositions and her Ceccherini mandolin

    See this link on Eileen Pakenham.

    http://www.banjomandolinguitar.org/pakenham.htm
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    Re: Introducing Michele Vinaccia

    Yes, but let us not forget Angara & D'Isanto …...style-wise their mandolins seem to be all over the map. I am having doubts as to whether those two ex Vinaccia apprentices ever made two identical...
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    Re: Introducing Michele Vinaccia

    Right on. Perhaps that situation was not as prevalent in Italy as it was in the States, but some oddities do exist with old time makers, labelers and sellers of mandolini bombati in my old country....
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    Re: Introducing Michele Vinaccia

    Based on what I have seen and owned, that particular Maratea instrument bears hardly any resemblance to the Vinaccia mandolins of the period, even when looking at their simplest models. The Maratea...
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    Introducing Michele Vinaccia

    EBay mandolin ads seem an inexhaustible fount of levity and good cheer when it comes to instrument maker attributions, particularly for those of "foreign" provenance.
    Here's one example where we can...
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    Re: 1902 Giovanni de Meglio Neapolitan

    Solid looking bridge....they don't make them like that today.:grin:
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