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    Re: Polishing Gibson Tailpiece Cover

    If the tailpiece is from about 1910 onward, it is a nickel silver alloy- not plated, so it should not be a problem polishing one of that type.
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    German 12 String Mandolin 1910-1930

    There was somebody enquiring about 12 string mandolins and their availability in Europe, a while back. This one- probably made around the time of WW1 has appeared on eBay in t UK.
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    Re: Ray Jackson -- Lindisfarne and Rod Stewart

    My first ever concert was headlined by Lindisfarne, with support from Genesis and Rab Noakes- it was 1972 and Lindisfarne were absolutely massive. After all, that year, Bob Johnston, no less,...
  4. Re: Can anyone help me identify this unknown mandolin?

    Yes, you may well have found the maker- those f holes suggest the maker might be this Japanese company you have found.
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    Re: A lovely old 1907ish A4 .. but wait ...

    I sent the photos to my luthier and he says he loves that sort of project- he did one Gretsch electric that had been attacked by a wife with some heavy implement and smashed to pieces. This was a...
  6. Re: Can anyone help me identify this unknown mandolin?

    Was it a small sticker like this example down below in terms of size? The size is mentioned at the bottom of the listing and it is 1 in X 3/16 in. I found a Japanese Stradolin for sale on eBay- so...
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    Re: 1920ish Martin built? For S.S. Stewart

    This mandolin has been identified by the assessor/repairer as a Martin made S S Stewart bowlback. The headstock shape is the same as the concurrent Style B flatback from Martin.
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    Re: Tuner Flat Head Cog Screws-Found a source!

    This thread about a Martin mandolin with Waverly tuners would be worth posting a link on as the owner was missing these screws. It is a recent thread and if you post a link to this or repeat your top...
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    Re: This is how Gibson looked to Czechs

    Back in the 1930s, the London dealers would get makers in Schonbach, Czechoslovakia, to make copies of the latest American developments. I have seen- but it cannot be found now, a Schonbach made...
  10. Unused circa 1930s 12 string mandolin tuners

    There must be somebody with an old German 12 string mandolin who could use new tuners. These are in Poland and are presumably old stock that has been unearthed.
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    Re: A lovely old 1907ish A4 .. but wait ...

    I see it has Gibson Phillips screws holding in the tuners, so it may have been sent to Kalamazoo for repair and Gibson just replaced the slot head screws in the tuners and sent it back with a...
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    Re: A lovely old 1907ish A4 .. but wait ...

    I'm going to send my luthier a photo but I will phone him later to tell him I am not going to buy it! He's repaired far worse but he's had a few health issues and does need to be overburdened!
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    Re: A lovely old 1907ish A4 .. but wait ...

    Yes, a real beauty, for sure. I have seen cracks described as "age lines" but such an euphemism would not do this justice. That's an el mondo grosso crack but it can be fixed.
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    Re: Bowl back identification

    Sadly, the photos are a bit small to examine the finer points that might give clues to who, what where and when? It is very colourful- and is that flower a "tulip from Amsterdam?" I guess not but it...
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    Re: "Marcelli" Bowlback

    The headstock of your mandolin should like this one. It may well be that Meinel & Herold of Klingenthal made your mandolin. There are differences but this firm made mandolins with this style of...
  16. Re: Help!!:I have aqquired an Unmarked unnamed 7 string banjolele

    Bonhams got the date on that banjo mandolin somewhat wrong- it has a lion on the headstock which George Houghton began to use in the mid-30s It's an instrument that you would be lucky to make 100...
  17. Re: Help!!:I have aqquired an Unmarked unnamed 7 string banjolele

    The tuners are German made- so it was probably made somewhere in Europe. It's hard to give a date- probably after WW2 and possibly in the Eastern Bloc but I am surmising from those tuners. Tuners...
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    Re: Strad-O-Lin, United and Homenick Bros

    Yes, very interesting and useful to have a concise article with the relevant links in one account.
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    I am just wondering if some Stradolin branded mandolins were made in the Far East. I know some guitars were made there to be branded as Stradolin for sale in the USA but I am not sure about...
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    Can you show photos of the back of the headstock so we can see the tuners and the back of the mandolin as well, thank you.
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    Re: 1908 F4 w/o case serial number 9245

    Your mandolin has a truss rod which did not appear until about 1922 and it also has engraved Waverly tuners which Gibson began to use in the mid to late 1920s- depending on the model, so the date of...
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    Re: Looking for details on this 1926 Martin A-KI?

    Yes, peened tuner gears prevents this particular problem. I bought on eBay a 1936 Gibson made A50 variant- the Wards Model 1642- and it was missing one tuner post- as presumably, the screw had got...
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    Re: Looking for details on this 1926 Martin A-KI?

    To be frank, those screws came in the units from Waverly to be screwed on to Martin mandolins. It is just possible that Martin had a few spare screws when your mandolin was made but there is really...
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    Re: Mandolin by Cousenon a mirecourt

    When I bought my nylon strung acoustic a few years back, I did as much research as I could and found nothing definitive about the firm other than it appeared to have ended production some time in the...
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    Re: Mandolin by Cousenon a mirecourt

    Yes, that's it- back at school as a kid, I would have been admonished for such a lack of clarity in my handwriting! Okay, so maybe time has worn away some of the definition. Let's hope- unlike the...
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