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    Re: New Carlo Aonzo Perfetto Mandolino

    Yessir! Braces, not ribs....

    I was just over at a friend's shop and he's building a wooden boat. Had ribs on my mind. Not bbq ribs, btw.

    Mick
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    Re: New Carlo Aonzo Perfetto Mandolino

    The ribs, of course, are fascinating and I'd enjoy hearing more about the design of them viz the sound.

    But the 'compensated nut' is also a coolioso detail.

    "Nella maggior parte dei mandolini,...
  3. Re: Looking for help with bowlback mandolin identification

    Well, the upper mandolin in your first photo is certainly an Oscar Schmidt. As you've IDed O and S superimposed on the scratchplate.

    I'm not so convinced that the other mandolin is from OS. What...
  4. Re: Drop Box is now available for Italian 'ballo liscio' sheet mu

    UKCarrie, we've leaned heavily to Italian music (due to the mandolin connection) but there are some bal mussette (okay, Piaf) tunes that can be intimidating on the fisarmonica (just ask me....) but I...
  5. Re: Drop Box is now available for Italian 'ballo liscio' sheet mu

    Sheri is your selfless source for this...as she is for many of us, too.

    I play from her "Mandolin Melodies" and "French Soiree" nearly every day.

    Un pozzo senza fondo.

    Mick
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    Re: Vega cylinder back mandola on reverb

    Kind of has that Sam Samudio turban thing going on.

    Mick
  7. Re: Parting out an EM150 ... why would someone DO this?

    "El Duderino" can be considered a term of respect around our patch of CenTex.

    Mick


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be7Og9Gc_KY
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    Re: Vega cylinder back mandola on reverb

    Ha! Me, too. Just last month. I won't be buying any new instruments for awhile, either. :(

    Mick
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    Glad, I suppose, that it's not just me.

    I haven't been able to see any posts since just before Eug's referencing his Favilla...which Jim picked up on and referenced in another thread.
    Since...
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    Re: Is this a Washburn? Orů.?

    A Stella bowl back.

    Mick
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    Re: Beautiful bowlback

    Jim, I think the Ciani / Galiano connection here might be the ringer. I was looking examples of their work over as I was fishing around to answer above.
    Or at least from among the likely floating...
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    Re: Beautiful bowlback

    I have seen some Style 6 and 7 Martin bowlbacks with the type of 'cowling' at the bowl / neck joint (not sure what to call it) that we see often enough on L+H mandolins.
    Of all the Martin bowls I...
  13. Re: Help with new Mandolin - Allieno Di Venaccia?

    Some mistaken labeling in file folders on my part....And the curse of failing eyesight.

    I do have a number of Marano mandolins in the files...all in a rather straightforward and modest Vinaccia...
  14. Re: Help with new Mandolin - Allieno Di Venaccia?

    Michele Maratea perhaps had a brother, Raffaele, who was also an allievo di Vinaccia.

    From the few examples I have, Raffaele's mandolins were a bit more luxurious than il suo fratello's.
    ...
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    Re: Rudy Cipolla

    That was totally wonderful, Sher! Thanks so much for putting that together and sharing.

    So many fun photos from the '30s tangophilia. Great hats, cool duds.

    Loved seeing Matteo with that F4,...
  16. Re: Help with new Mandolin - Allieno Di Venaccia?

    Martin and alll...here is a Michele Maratea with the Sistema De Meglio label.

    I've sometimes wondered whether some of these mandolins made with the "Sistema" weren't indeed made by folks who might...
  17. Re: Help with new Mandolin - Allieno Di Venaccia?

    Nice mandolin. Fair play to you.

    What Nick said.

    Do not use those strings on this mandolin.

    Mick
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    Re: Beware the mighty doubleneck

    From the seller's ad copy: "......and now that I made a Gibson version I no longer need this one."

    Naturally.

    Mick
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    Re: Need help valuing mandolin.

    Ciao, Dottore

    Thanks for the recollections and photos.

    Isn't Sig. Bauer holding a slab of "lumber" in the inset photo?

    You might get a half-dozen F4s out of that basso confundo.

    I suppose...
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    Re: Need help valuing mandolin.

    Good eye, Don.

    At first I thought that big screw must have been a repair job...but after looking in my files I've seen some Shutts with a mighty big screwhead like on this Bauer.

    And some...
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    Re: Need help valuing mandolin.

    "Calling Dr. Ruppa, Dr. Garber, Dr. Ruppa!"

    Mick
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    Re: 1907 Raffael Calace Lyra Mandolin

    For posteriority.

    You wait long enough and some things don't come back in style.

    You think those little finials are ivory? That would be a bummer.

    Mick
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    Re: Need help valuing mandolin.

    Muy coolioso, Jim.

    I'm guessing this is then from a Vega catalog...? Or somewhere else?

    Is there a date from the catalog?

    Mick
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    Re: Catania mandolin antique stores

    I realize I'm not answering your exact question, but a visit to Dott. Leone's Musikalia just outside of town would seem like a good place to include on your quest.

    Mick
  25. Re: Duet No. 9 for mandolin & tenor guitar (G.G. Gastoldi, 1598)

    Thank you, Martin.

    Mick
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