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    Re: Interesting bowlback on ebay

    Ha! I can only imagine what a Jim Garber Nudie Suit would look like. I took my first sewing intro workshop, too, right before Il Quarantino set in.
    I'm on this. Beats getting a tattoo.....

    Mick
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    Re: Interesting bowlback on ebay

    Caponetto didn't seem to leave much out. Or resist the temptation to put something in.
    Anyone can make a "tasteful" mandolin with a bottle opener headstock, a goofball looking dragon and a clumsy...
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    Re: Interesting bowlback on ebay

    I've put in a few bids on it.
    Don't plan to go very deep with it but I've always enjoyed the exuberance of Catanese mandolins. I quite like the looks of this. SC seems to have pulled off the very...
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    Re: 12 sting bowlback

    Here's a 12 string flatback mandolin from the Catanese maker Stefano Caponetto. Copying here for the coincidence since there is another conversation about another piece of Caponetto's work on a...
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    Re: Interesting bowlback on ebay

    Nice catch, Victor... and good call, Cando. I have SC listed under the Via Petriera address in my files which was obscured by the other label.

    Caponetto had a sense of brio in his work. Some...
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    247 Via Nazionale today. Or last August to be exact.
    Probably not a lot of people walking around there right now.

    Mick
  7. Re: Drop Box is now available for Italian 'ballo liscio' sheet mu

    From Wiki.it

    Un posto a parte merita la celeberrima Core 'ngrato, musicata da Salvatore Cardillo e pietra miliare della canzone napoletana. Questa potente lirica, struggente ed emozionante, ...
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    Re: G. Bauer Bowl Back Mandolin Project

    Thankfully, getting a neck off and reset on a US built bowlback is a slightly easier task.
    The thicker fretboard allows for easier removal to access the (typical) dovetail joint in the neck block....
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    Re: Vinaccia vs Embergher vsCalace Video

    Very good point, Jeremy. For the piece that Victor was playing the slight shimmer in the Neapolitan bowls sounded best to my ear.
    The LE sounded crisp and clear and wonderful as expected. Maybe...
  10. Re: Circa 1924 Lyon & Healy Style B with differences!

    This one looks more like a carved top. Thoughts? Retracting that thought....

    Dude, do you have instrument in hand? Just stick your finger in the sound hole and feel around. You can tell if it's...
  11. Re: Italian mandolin by Antonio & Linda Calsolaro "Te Vojo Bene A

    Wonderful, Frank. Thank you. Enjoying with my morning buon caffe.

    Mick
  12. Re: Circa 1924 Lyon & Healy Style B with differences!

    The one-piece L+H As are the ones you remember but the 2-piecers can look quite nice, too.

    Mick
  13. Re: Circa 1924 Lyon & Healy Style B with differences!

    Is a photo of the label available to see?

    Mick
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    Re: G. Indelicato Contarino 's old mandolin

    Nick, I really can't even venture a date. So many differences between them all!
    What is interesting is that the one on the YouTube video has a zero-fret and Takis's and the others I posted do...
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    Re: G. Indelicato Contarino 's old mandolin

    Yes, there are problems associated with working from home.....;)

    One more bit on Indelicato Contarino. This interesting discussion on an Italian guitar forum (for the Italian readers amongst us)...
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    Re: G. Indelicato Contarino 's old mandolin

    Wondering how the YouTuber knows it is from 1915 if GIC didn't date his labels?

    Mick

    Here's another conversation from a few years back about Contarino's mandolins and guitars. Looks like I...
  17. Re: Italian mandolin by Antonio & Linda Calsolaro "Te Vojo Bene A

    Thank you, Frank!
    What a wonderful way to start the day!
    Could I convince you to post a few more of your other favorites from this delightful couple? ;)

    (I could look them up myself, of course,...
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    Re: G. Indelicato Contarino 's old mandolin

    Hello Takis!
    In my files I have a few examples of Contarino's mandolins including no. 220! Just a few later than yours. I am posting a couple labels which have different addresses for his shop.
    I...
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    Re: What is it? UK auction.

    Perhaps a J. Farquhar Schmergel?
    Mugwumps site suggests there were English cousins.
    It exhibits some traits.
    JFS was a known rapscallion in the extended Schmergel fambly.
    Fully capable of...
  20. Re: String-less Mandolin by Vinaccia, Vihuela & Larson Co.

    Give it a go, Allen!
    The mariachi bands in Austin / San Antonio tend to be very gig oriented, like you are. Very fluid personal.
    I'm on a few email group lists for fun and folks are always...
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    Re: Virtual St Patrick's Day

    Fair play to you, hermano.
    Thanks for bringing a wonderful ray of sunshine in these complicated times.

    Mick
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    Re: Another old bowlback here. What is it?

    Agreed. Itaiian. Neapolitan style with heavy Vinaccia-n influence. Maybe made in Napoli, maybe in Sicily. Casini was likely a labeler, as Victor suggests.

    None of that takes a smidgeon away...
  23. Re: String-less Mandolin by Vinaccia, Vihuela & Larson Co.

    My nephew, Pablo, has been gigging in Austin mariachi bands since he was about 13. He doesn't play a vihuela, but the guitarron, which is essentially fretless.
    He's been making pretty good...
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    Re: Another old bowlback here. What is it?

    Pretty much everything about this says Italian manufacture. Not a chance of it being from L+H.
    A few things of note: the veneer covered neck is a giveaway. The contoured end of the fretboard...
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    Re: Any help identifying old Mandolin?

    I think this is a broad brush description of L+H construction and labeling practices that contains both reasoned insight and some unhelpful hyperbole. The 'match the specs of.....' is a worthy...
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