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    Re: Interesting bowlback on ebay

    This maker used the NON PLUS ULTRA slogan. However, he may have gone out of business and somebody else grabbed it. My guess is that it is post war but the tuners look like 1930s German items- but...
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    Re: Silvestri bowl back mandolin.

    Here are some photos of that old Windsor Whirle. I need to clean the board. It has one more fret than the one I featured earlier. I always think this guitar's headstock looks like Sweep- Sooty's pal!...
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    Re: Silvestri bowl back mandolin.

    My luthier has been ill since Xmas and has been keeping a very low profile even before this lock down. He has too may customers, I am afraid, so despite his situation, he really does not want any...
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    Re: Silvestri bowl back mandolin.

    I did not want to return the instrument because the seller had a zillion problems- she had told me about her life. She told me that her son made guitars- sent me some photos of them. I had no idea on...
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    Re: Silvestri bowl back mandolin.

    I played piano as a child and I suppose I still do but I need to practise to get back into shape.

    We had some bowlbacks in the house- they had belonged to my great grandfather and my Dad started...
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    Re: Silvestri bowl back mandolin.

    I would imagine that not playing the fiddle for a few years would be detrimental to your ability to play for a while and going back to it, quite a chore and a challenge!
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    Re: Silvestri bowl back mandolin.

    Ian

    I am not an expert but I would expect the bridge to sit on the top before the cant- the lower edge of the bridge being at the division. With old instruments, you may find a footprint where the...
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    Re: Silvestri bowl back mandolin.

    Ian, I wish you well at a very difficult time- playing mandolin is the least of your priorities, right now. I trust you are getting support and help and whatever else you might need given your...
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    Re: Silvestri bowl back mandolin.

    Ian, I think that was a most reasonable gesture you made to the seller- there are good sellers out there and I am sure he was very pleased with your kindness. It's better to have no label than a...
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    Re: Silvestri bowl back mandolin.

    Ermelinda Silvestri mandolins often have a label inside with the date of about 1891- when the company was founded and this means that just about every instrument made by the firm is sold using that...
  11. Re: Circa 1924 Lyon & Healy Style B with differences!

    With regard to the "four screw" tailpiece, I have been a little dopey. The hinged tailpiece it currently has- a sort used by Lyon & Healy has three screws on a relatively small plate screwed into the...
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    Charles, thank you, and all being well, it will be fixed up- once the world emerges from this miasma.

    Mick, I have followed your suggestion. I have a hand carved oval hole Regal Custom Shop...
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    Jim, yes that works! So, there you go- I have added a bit more detail to my post but it's a mandolin with an added dodgy label. I would be interested if anybody could shed light on what those holes...
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    Incredibly, and I don't know how it happened but I ran into this on the internet. I would imagine that the Reverb seller was the buyer. Obviously, the tailpiece was added after purchase. I don't know...
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    It certainly appears to have L & H in its DNA. However, I think the fact that it did not have the lyre tailpiece- which is branded as Lyon & Healy, spells out the fact, that even if it was made by an...
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    Jim, I am going to take a close look again at that label. Bob A, this instrument, if it was an apprentice piece may have had to cover a number of aspects of instrument making- and that might explain...
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    Re: Do You Play ALL of Your Mandolins Regularly?

    The reality is, that some are just not very playable even though they sound good while some have shorter scale length which means they make it a pain to return to the longer scale mandolins, and a...
  18. Julie Felix with Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick 1967

    Julie who has just died, was an American who became quite a star in the UK in the 60s- getting her own BBC TV show. She decided to leave the limelight but had a bit of a comeback quite recently. She...
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    Re: Feeling Octave Mando

    I did a review of a Feeling mandolin. It got 5 stars from my mandolin man who is an expert maker and it also got rave reviews when I played it at our bluegrass pick. Since I bought mine, they have...
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    I cannot work out what is on the label- only its style. It may be possible to read more detail- I was hoping my luthier might find out more when it is unstrung. I suppose I could unstring it but I...
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    Jim and Bob. Jim, it was sent to me but I was hoping to get it into the hands of my luthier within three weeks- after Xmas. However, he was taken ill over Xmas and has been more or less in isolation...
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    Re: Tenor Guitar Gallery & Sightings

    That tenor guitar played by Kirk Douglas appears to show the neck joining the body at fret 12. I think that Kay and Harmony flat top tenors showed 14 frets to the body- my Kay does. I imagine that...
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    Re: Tenor Guitar Gallery & Sightings

    This is my favourite tenor guitar moment or two. In fact, I have stopped playing my tenor guitars having viewed this clip. Otto "Coco" Heimel is the skilled player.
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    Re: G. Indelicato Contarino 's old mandolin

    Mick, I think 1915 to 1930 makes a lot of sense. The German tuners had button posts that were not pierced by the metalware in the 1930s. However, stocks could remain of earlier tuners which cloud...
  25. Re: Circa 1924 Lyon & Healy Style B with differences!

    Pleijsier shows that label as 1917. However, the photo that came from Jake Widlwood's blog of the same style of label is from a mandola that Pleijsier dates as from 1922- Jake dates it as 1920s. I...
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