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    Default Harmony mandolin St Cyr et Frères

    Hi all

    I know there are already a few posts regarding Harmony mandolins.
    But I was wondering if the Harmony Monterey mandolins with the stamp St Cyr et frères on the headstock were any different. To my knowledge Harmony was a Chicago based company and these were obviously built in Quebec.
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    Default Re: Harmony mandolin St Cyr et Frères

    By the time Harmony started making the Monterey, they rarely altered their products for custom orders. It was only the name on the headstock that changed. If it's written on the back of the headstock, it's probably the name of the store or distributor that sold the instrument and otherwise it's just like a conventional Monterey.
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    Default Re: Harmony mandolin St Cyr et Frères

    Harmony was making the Monterey mandolins as early as 1936. This is two sides of a catalog page I own.

    I've never seen that marking on one either.
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    Hah! Hey Mike, that catalog is from Canada - Regina Saskatchewan to be exact. I don't remember seeing any Harmony's growing up and I spent summers on my grandparents farm outside of there.

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    I bought that page years ago for the Kalamazoo side. I didn't know what was on the other side until it arrived.
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