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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    1927 Tipo B student model. Price is reasonable and it looks like it is in decent shape though is almost looks a bit too shiny especially on the bowl. It could have been refinished or oversprayed....
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    Re: Info on this old bowlback?

    Plastics- celluloid etc date back to the 19th century. I can remember back in 1983, taking my great-grandfather's banjo made in the 1890s to the highly regarded British archtop maker, Dick Knight to...
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    Re: Info on this old bowlback?

    The headstock and maybe neck profile look vaguely Roman; Emberghers have a similar headstock, as do some Central European mandolins. The bowl is reminiscent of a higher-end Calace I've seen, but it's...
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    Re: Caterina Lichtenberg‘s On-line course

    You mean the artist works one?

    I am a subscriber.

    While has some intro material, it pretty much assumes you can read music and have some facility with mandolin already.

    It's strengths...
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    OK Jim, I've waited days for you to join this post...
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    That is a Calace. I doubt it is worth it for anyone to copy a bowlback even for the European markets.

    BTW what strings are you using? I love Dogal Calace strings RW92b Dolce on most of my vintage...
  7. Re: My bowlback collection - story and pictures...

    Welcome, to the Loyal Order of the Bowl, Valbert. I have never seen any mandolin made in Hungary. That one looks simple but nice. BTW where are you located? I assume sine mentioned "bucks" that you...
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    I love 'collection' pictures . . . thanks for sharing the pics and the stories.
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    very nice!
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    Calace firm seldom reply to emails for some reason (probably being too busy building instruments for their Japanese partners), so very little chance they take any interest in making a bridge or any...
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    And finally some of the bowlback folks show up :)
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    The eBay Calace I'm seeing, closest to the one we're discussing, is this one at 1600 Euros. I notice that's the middle of the range, which varies roughly from 20% to 200% of that price. That's a huge...
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    I have an identical model listed in the classifieds and on ebay. It will gave you an idea of the market price at the moment. I've sold a few Calaces in the past.
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    Anything with any value that can be faked will be faked someplace. I'm pretty familiar with Fake Gibson's. These not so much.
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    I’m no expert, just a Calace owner, and it seems like a good price! Mine is a bit older, had been restored, and I paid a bit more. I understand the doubts about authenticity but Valbert’s seems...
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    my opinion as well.
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    It sounds good? plays easily? not too bad a deal if so.
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    I have paid more for less. But you don't have a way to gauge my judgement. LOL
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    That would be $382.77 in USD for anyone that wants to know.
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    I wish I was an expert....it could be a Calace....or another Italian maker. It does look a lot like the Italian instruments that were copied in Japan in the early 20th century.
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    The case is probably German and from the 1960s. That stitching in the top is typical of German or Czech cases.
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    A very similar 1929 just showed up in the classifieds. NFI on my part. The one in this post looks very clean for its age.
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    Unfortunately in this world that may or may not be the year it was built. Hopefully one of the bowl guys will jump in. There are three or four people here that know these things. The label looks...
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    It would be useful to see the back of the bowl- to see how many staves have been used.
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    The holes have been discussed here over the years with no real solid decision as to why they are there. They are also popular on older German mandolins.
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