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    Re: RIP Jerry Jeff Walker

    Here's David Bromberg doing Mr Bojangles and talking about Jerry Jeff Walker and how he wrote this song and how they would play it- all those years ago and the night in the drunk tank where Jerry...
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    Re: Pretty odd, not so pretty

    Jim, I like the "crown" tailpiece in that patent application. I wonder if once they were manufactured if they ever sported such a tailpiece? More likely, something very cheap like in the original...
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    Re: Pretty odd, not so pretty

    This is a better example! A Regal "reverse scroll" mandolin.
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    Re: What is this? Gibson-ish Mandolin

    Yes, a "best offer accepted" and I would imagine he's happy to have sold it as it's a bit of a dog's dinner.
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    Re: What is this? Gibson-ish Mandolin

    The seller mentioned buying this with a whole load of violins and the odd banjo from an estate when I asked if there were any numbers inside it.
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    What is this? Gibson-ish Mandolin

    I can't work this out there is much that does not add up- dubious Gibson inlay, tailpiece cover, tuners, bridge etc yet the headstock shape is 1940s and it has the yellowing of an older instrument. I...
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    Re: Old ibanez mandolin

    There was very little availability back in the 1970s, and quite frankly, I don't think I ever saw an F style mandolin in a shop when I decided to try and get something decent to play. These days, the...
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    Re: Old ibanez mandolin

    Carved solid spruce top! I own the two point one in that link- branded as a Suzuki, which I spent a small fortune on as a student in 1977- it was about 20 week's rent- two thirds of the academic...
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    Clifford Essex Flat Back Mandolin 1920s?

    This mandolin has US made hardware. The original case is interesting as its latches appear to be made from plated or better metal than was the norm and the case is made of a higher quality fibre than...
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    Re: Bacon mandolins - who actually built them?

    Looking again at that Bacon Belmont on eBay, all the metal fittings are secured with Phillips screws. I don't know when Harmony went over to Phillips screws but I assume it was well into the 1960s...
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    Re: Bacon mandolins - who actually built them?

    Dave Bradford, it appears to be very similar to a Harmony Monterey- I have one- sold as an S S Stewart that is from 1938 or 1939- the f holes are different as are the tuners which suggest this...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Banjo - early??

    That style of Waverly tuner unit was used for quite a while- possibly nearly 20 years- in the first, second and into the third decade of the 20th century. I was wondering if the mandolin had Waverly...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Banjo - early??

    Unfortunately your instrument has new tuners and the old units would probably help to date it. I think the G & S case- from what I can see, does not have a rivet in the middle of the diamond. Cases...
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    Re: Il Globo mandolin

    Very few mandolins were made in the UK, so they were imported from Germany and Italy in the main but also from France and the USA in much smaller numbers, and also other countries- such as what is...
  15. Re: Washburn (Regal) Model 2427 Two-Point Flatback

    In my comment at Jake Wildwood's article regarding your mandolin, I mentioned that the eBay mandolin appears to be somewhere between the two versions shown in Bob Carlin's Regal book. The motif on...
  16. Re: Washburn (Regal) Model 2427 Two-Point Flatback

    If you get the Regal book, you can see catalogue illustrations of two Regal Superior mandolins. This one sold on eBay has the heart shaped cut out in the headstock which Bob Carlin mentions appears...
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    Re: Vega model 207 cyl. back. what's it worth?

    I have to admit, that I have only given instruments away and have never tried to sell or consign them. I know my friend when he had his shop did consignment sales on vintage guitars which worked okay...
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    Re: Vega model 207 cyl. back. what's it worth?

    The benefits of buying from a retail store are as you have detailed- and I have no problem with a retailer making a margin. However, making that margin often depends on buying that instrument at a...
  19. Re: Goldfinger's 1920s Mandolin Surfaces in Florida

    Yes, Jim, that neck may even have a bit of a twist to it and it is not even strung up but it really is one of the blingiest flat tops I have seen in quite a while! If it was $50 it would be worth it...
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    Re: Vega model 207 cyl. back. what's it worth?

    There was a Vega cylinder back on eBay recently- I was outbid, although I should have bid higher. It was probably the same model with its original hard case and it only made $560. It appeared to be...
  21. Re: Washburn (Regal) Model 2427 Two-Point Flatback

    The Superior was the Regal branded in the main and was sold as a Regal in those years- 1928-32. Often the branding took the form of the design on the tuner coverplate- whereas yours actually states...
  22. Re: Washburn (Regal) Model 2427 Two-Point Flatback

    I put up a comment on Jake's assessment- these were sold by Regal as the Superior from 1928 to 1932 and they were for sale also according to Bob Carlin's Regal book under the Washburn brand from1917...
  23. Goldfinger's 1920s Mandolin Surfaces in Florida

    This old flat top looks to be a 1920s Harmony made instrument- most likely for a mail order firm such as Sears, Roebuck. This one really has the glitz. Sadly, the board, which is cracked is probably...
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    Re: Imperiale mandolin ID help needed

    This mandolin appears to have Japanese made tuners (which were used in the 1960s by Kay of Chicago) but a typical American style tailpiece- which could have been made elsewhere. It's not an expensive...
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    Re: Stella mandolin ID help needed

    This Stella was made by Harmony -most likely in the 1960s. It's all there and may be playable but it would need somebody with some mandolin experience to tune it up and check that it plays okay-...
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