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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    That's a great photo, Jim, but actually of a slightly different label design.

    I love the use of "disciple". A lot deeper than the more common "allievo".

    Mick
  2. Re: Who was the first American mandolin manufacturer?

    Leaving out French and Spanish North America doesn't leave much behind ;)

    I've got a mandolin from Paracho and while most folks tend to pan these I find it to be a pretty dependable beater. A...
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    Here is an example of a label from AG where "Naples / New York" is noted. This is the one I'm most familiar with.

    For no verifiable reason, I had AG down as an importer / dealer rather than a...
  4. Re: Article: Italian Mandolin Heroes in America

    Thank you, both Gregg and Sheri for all you do to make this history come alive and relevant for the 21st C.....
    Mick
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    Re: Information about Luigi Tango mandolin

    Very likely, Jim!
    In the early days of auto-correct, I was working with an Italian-American architect, Tom Cestarte. Great guy and an early mentor.
    He would inevitably send out emails and memos...
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    Re: Information about Luigi Tango mandolin

    Nice looking mandolin which appears to be in very good condition.
    How one gets from "Fenga" to "Tango" is anyone's guess though. :confused:
    Jim's question "Where are you?" is an important one.......
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    Re: Mandolin classical literature

    The CMSA group's decision notwithstanding "Light Classical" sounds like a dreadfully milquetoasty characterization of this wonderful music. At least for me, the BL music I enjoy most was written for...
  8. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Here's hoping Gibson kicks axx and takes names in this.
    In the almost 100 years since the iconic LL mandolins (and the decade of great design before that), designers still can't come up with their...
  9. Re: Fratelli Tassinari (Napoli) -Help with Info and Value

    In addition to the value judgements from folks you've received, here's maybe some context (very abridged)

    There was a huge mandolin boom in Italy beginning in mid 1880s with much of the production...
  10. Re: Help identifying an old bowl back mandolin...

    Victor.......??

    Mick
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    Re: Vinaccia - 1908 - Value?

    Very pretty, very clean.
    4 figures? Yes. If the neck is good, likely at least a couple large.
    Mick
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    Re: I built a colascione!

    Looks great!
    Just remember: colazione means breakfast.
    ;)
    Mick
  13. Re: A Georgian Panduri (ფანდური) I built

    Muy coolioso.

    Tell us more.....

    Why did you build it? Do you play one? Will you build more.

    Fill us in on the Wiki article...

    Mick
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    Re: A. Galiano anyone seen this style?

    Something fishy / curious here, though, Mike. This Galiano label is all in Italian. The Galiano / Ciano heyday was in the the '00s and '10s.
    This generic model dates from later than that. Newer...
  15. Re: Need opinion on my restored Vincenzo Valluci Mandolin 1922

    Muy coolioso. I'm very interested to get a report back on how this sounds post-repair. The LE influence is obvious, but the body profile appears much stouter....or maybe that is a consequence of...
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    Re: Is this a Lyon & Healy?

    Headstock looks pretty gnarly. Perhaps some kind headstock ornament (Embergherian bottle-opener / HG Wells piece??) might have been broken off?

    I'm resisting the temptation to say it isn't a...
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    Re: Sorting out the Vinaccias

    1943, Victor? Wow. That is super interesting. During the war years....?
    Very Calace-ian with the round sound hole, 'Australia' inlaid stratchplate and headstock.
    Thanks for posting!
    Mick
  18. Re: Who was the first American mandolin manufacturer?

    FWIW, that territory, Upper Louisiana--as well as the lower territory and NOLA, was also actually under Spanish control around that time period having passed over to them following various...
  19. Re: Drop Box is now available for Italian 'ballo liscio' sheet mu

    Amazing story, Sher, from the frontlines in "saving Italian mandolin civilization".....Thanks for sharing.
    And for all the hard work, of course!
    Brings to mind Robert Edsel's book "Saving Italy". ...
  20. Re: Transcribing from sheet music to tab help

    Not to reopen a debate which flairs up around here from time to time, but that would be a pretty straightforward tune to learn to read standard notation (aka Greek dots) on.
    Every Good Boy Deserves...
  21. Re: Showing off my collection of bowlback mandolins

    +1 on Jim's suggestion for a Vega. I think they are the lightest built, most resonant of the big US makers.
    Folks are on to Vega and Martin, of course, so you'll pay a bit more...or park a bit...
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    Re: Flatbacks of note

    Thank you, sir!
    Mick
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    Re: Flatbacks of note

    Thanks, Jim. Now I want to go back and remeasure all my Lelands. :confused:

    Would be super insterested to know if the body dimensions are larger or whether they simply positioned the bridge...
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    Re: Flatbacks of note

    Interesting about the "longer scale" Leland. I've never seen one of these in person. All mine have been the 13" scale. Yours looks like it has a bit of wear on the top north of the cant line...or...
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    Re: L. H. Leland Brilliantone Mando

    Thanks, Allen.

    It's a conversation we are all having here. It's a cafe not inherently a feel-good session, but there is an incredible amount of general support and respect. You think I've...
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