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    Re: 1919 gibson a3 #mandolin

    Yes, it could have been a 1922 model. The photos suggested it might be quite good and if it was, at $900 it was a good buy. I would imagine the truss rod cover was a replacement. If the truss rod...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Here is a canvas mandolin case for a mere $125! Some may recall that unplayed 1930s Regal mandolin that I posted up- complete with a canvas case which grossed $162 at auction. Now, that may have been...
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    Re: Does anyone have a case like this?

    As a teenager at school most of the pupils' desks were padlocked- so they were not ransacked. As we went from class to class, it was customary to sit- supposedly taking in the subject while you...
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    Re: Does anyone have a case like this?

    Yes, it is but I have posted this link and I am sure he will give an opinion and help if he can or offer advice.
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    Re: Does anyone have a case like this?

    I bought a vintage case that was locked open. Steve Kirtley shows how to open the lock- it worked for me. It may work for your case but the mechanism may be different inside. His site is members...
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    Re: need help to identify

    Yes, Chicago would be my kind of town. It is either L & H or Regal, I would think.
  7. Re: 1939 Regal Custom Mandolin- Carved Top- Two Point- Oval Hole

    I unloaded the Regal Custom on to my expert last night. His initial reaction is that it is a very good instrument- well made and in good order- he says the neck has been removed at some time but it...
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    Re: 1919 gibson a3 #mandolin

    Well, it stopped at $900. I don't know how good a deal that was as there were questions but it does not seem excessive.
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    Re: Gibson A50, odd neck

    I have a number of instruments with this type of Kluson tuner that has no screws. The oldest date from 1942 and I have no complaints- they seem to work really well and hold tune with no trouble. A...
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    Re: Late 30s Regal/Wards F hole archtop

    That old photo is great. That is the carved top reverse scroll example in the catalogue that sold for $12-98 and a more Ritzy instrument than mine. Nice photo of your father- I can't work out the...
  11. Re: Review: Feeling Handmade A style mandolin Solid Spruce top"

    I took the Feeling mandolin along to the bluegrass pick again last night. When I was leaving, Gary, the musician in charge who heads the pick up came over and said to me again: "That mandolin really...
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    Re: Late 30s Regal/Wards F hole archtop

    That's very interesting, I look forward to seeing a photo. I don't think that price is correct. Wards instruments retailed for less than half of the price of the "original" model as they were mail...
  13. Re: Highly decorated German bowl back mandolin 1900

    Funky Catania! This guy might be carved from the same block as Jerry Reed!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ICu0GgPya0

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRgNcym4Bps
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    Re: But it said it was a Gibson!

    I have to admit I cannot work out the maker and that back does look familiar- what with that tiny triangular heel which the mandolet shares. Yes, Harmony used that headstock shape in the 20s on...
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    Re: But it said it was a Gibson!

    Hey, apart from that dodgy logo, bridge and pickguard it looks all original- and well played. The body looks just like this black Mandolet- but without the holes. The headstock shape was used on some...
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    Re: United Faux Resonator Mandolin Circa 1940

    They seem to be quite common- perhaps, they are more robust than a normal flat top from the era. Some sellers seem to think they are rather valuable- there has been one on ebay forever- attributed to...
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    United Faux Resonator Mandolin Circa 1940

    I am sticking this up because these come with a myriad of brand names. I remember reading they were made by Regal- but Noah Miller put me right- he had to convince me when I had posted up one with...
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    Re: Harmony H35 Mandolin Chicago

    I think it was probable that during what seemed like an endless guitar buying boom, both Harmony and Kay over-extended themselves and when the boom either plateaued out- or sales fell into decline,...
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    Re: Harmony H35 Mandolin Chicago

    I wonder if his daughter has any interesting anecdotes. It really is quite amazing at how big this enterprise was- its vast output and the rather scarce information on so many aspects of its many...
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    Re: 1934 Rickenbacker Tenor

    How about offering $499.000 . They may think you are offering $499,000 not $499 and accept it.
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    Re: 1934 Rickenbacker Tenor

    Yeah, replaced tuners and non-original case- make it $999-00. It 's anybody's guess what it is worth but even with the rest of the stuff. I would assume that the guitar was made by one of the Chicago...
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    Re: Gibson A5G, 1986, Nashville, Derrington ??

    There was somebody selling a Regal tailpiece parlour guitar in the USA as a "lost" third party Gibson flat top. He said it was a Tonk Bros Fascinator. No known example exists but a catalogue photo is...
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    Re: Late 30s Regal/Wards F hole archtop

    That's great- is it an old OS Stella? The skill of the performer makes this and he gets so much from his instrument. Very good.
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    Re: Late 30s Regal/Wards F hole archtop

    Eric, it is good- it would be even better sounding with slightly heavier strings but I always start with the lightest- you never know what string tension might do to an old instrument. The good news...
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    Re: Late 30s Regal/Wards F hole archtop

    I think that the better Chicago made instruments from this time are often very good. The thing about Wards and their Recording King brand is the incredible value for money. As has been mentioned by...
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