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    Re: Mandolin Identification Gibson A Oval Hole

    If the number is 1111X(?) then it is a 1918 factory order number according to Spann's Guide To Gibson. This certainly seems reasonable judging by the instrument's look. 11113 is shown as an A model...
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    Re: Mandolin Identification Gibson A Oval Hole

    See if you can see the neck block through the sound hole as the Factory Order Number- if present, will be there and that can provide information on its year of build.
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    Re: Is this a Depression-era kit mando?

    I think the mandolin on the cover of the instruction method judging by the bridge and pickguard is a Stradolin made mandolin but appears to be unbranded. This one has on its cover what looks to be a...
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    Re: Is this a Depression-era kit mando?

    "a fret dress is a process of levelling frets with some type of flat, straight abrasive surface in order to eliminate string buzzing. ... The frets are re-crowned using a fret crowning file and then...
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    Re: Mandolin Identification Gibson A Oval Hole

    I assume it is a Style A and that finish I believe began in 1917. As you have lost the original tuners- it has 1970s Grover units as used by Harmony after Waverly closed- same plate shape but...
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    Epiphone Electric Guitar Mandolin Combo

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/154654445333?hash=item24021f8f15%3Ag%3AHdIAAOSwP2phanfH&LH_ItemCondition=4

    For some reason it reminds me of this mid-air collision which had a happy outcome.

    196912

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    Re: Is this a Depression-era kit mando?

    There was a huge crack in the back and the frets needed dressing- doing this removed some of that crystalline finish and it did not have a bridge. Basically, with a poplar or maple fingerboard this...
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    Re: "Tyrolean Lute Mandolin- 1850s"

    Apparently, the word "eburnated" relates to bone- and its degeneration, so one can assume the word has been misapplied in this case, it seems. It would probably be best to keep it simple and...
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    Re: Is this a Depression-era kit mando?

    I bought this Supertone mandolin for $25 recently and it needed a bit of attention-it has its Harmony date stamp inside but it is illegible. There is a name in pencil on a brace and I think it reads...
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    Re: Is this a Depression-era kit mando?

    It's a Harmony made Supertone from about 1935. This one has its Supertone label inside- and it is the version used in the early 1930s.
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    Re: Early 1900s Gibson Catalogue

    That winning bid of $1,200 as mentioned above, is something else.
  12. Re: Help with new Mandolin - Allieno Di Venaccia?

    Michele Marano. The label states he was a Vinaccia student. Get the lightest gauge strings you can find- GHS do an ultra light set- medium is asking for trouble on an old bowlback. I found this...
  13. Re: Can anyone give me info on this one? Gibson?

    The tuners- made by Kluson show it to be WW2 era. I assume with that bound maple back it is an A-50.

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/146043-1940s-Gibson-A-50
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    Re: Trying to identify

    Probably, Oscar Schmidt circa 1900.
  15. Re: Vega cylinderback with no logo ... made for the trade?

    A Gibson style tailpiece in place of the cloud type.
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    "Tyrolean Lute Mandolin- 1850s"

    Well, maybe and “Tailpiece is newer (20s 30s). Not original. WILL Most Likely SOUND BETTER THAN A GIBSON A Mandolin. ”

    Others may be less optimistic as to its attributes some way down the line. I...
  17. Thread: ebay h1 mandola

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    Re: ebay h1 mandola

    As mentioned above, the 1930s hardware suggests a trip back to Kalamazoo which may be when the possible overspray happened. It makes one wonder what the possible repair may have been.
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    Re: Early 1900s Gibson Catalogue

    The illustrations are probably what is known as scraperboard or scratchboard. You don't see it much these days but it was once commonplace.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scratchboard

    From the...
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    Re: seeking info for B&J Victoria A-type

    I'm not sure, and I cannot see the bridge as well as I would like to- but it is possible the top of the mandolin in question has more of an arch to its top. I know mine is pretty flat (as is the...
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    Early 1900s Gibson Catalogue

    I expect this is not too rare but interesting all the same:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/224633872390?hash=item344d38e006:g:9IwAAOSwsxNhWkea
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    Re: seeking info for B&J Victoria A-type

    Mine and the OP's do not have back binding but the Regal branded example may have it. Certainly, you get detail differences on a basic instrument depending on who was selling it. I believe mine may...
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    Re: seeking info for B&J Victoria A-type

    Here is the one on eBay- it's still for sale. I already have one and I don't want another! This is probably better than mine- it could not be worse! Those Bell Brand tailpieces were used into the...
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    Re: seeking info for B&J Victoria A-type

    I have one of these mandolins- the finish is made to resemble Koa but it is birch and the binding is the "rope" style as seen on Hawaiian instruments to complete the pretence and to cash in on the...
  24. Re: Beethoven Sonatina in C for mandolin and piano

    Very good- track 5 of this album from 1976 had me in thrall- still does!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXIm-8iiH5A
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    Re: Unlabelled Harmony - Sears?

    Well done, good sleuthing. You just need that "space dot". They are out there- and I hope not at a stupid price and insane shipping- $40 to the UK or some madness when the item could be sent over in...
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