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    Default 1890 Joseph Bohman Bowlback

    Hey there, I'd like to know if anyone has any experience with these instruments. I'm going to look at one later made in 1890. It looks to be in excellent condition. Any information would be great.

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    Default Re: 1890 Joseph Bohman Bowlback

    Well, they were made by the World's Greatest Musical Instrument Manufacturer. Here is every thread on the cafe with the name Bohmann in it (note the two n's at the end).
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    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Lol that's great!

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    Default Re: 1890 Joseph Bohman Bowlback

    My HERO. Great Label.

    = The Loar, LM700VS c.2013 = "The Brat"
    = G. Puglisi, "Roma" c.1907 = "Patentato" - rare archBack, canted top, oval
    = Harmony, Monterrey c.1969 = collapsed ply - parts, testing, training, firewood.


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    Default Re: 1890 Joseph Bohman Bowlback

    I've got an old parlor guitar made by Joseph Bohmann from around that same time. It's an excellent sounding guitar. It's a one of a kind.
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    Default Re: 1890 Joseph Bohman Bowlback

    Lets see a pic of that guitar Andrew.

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    2014 Martin D-28 Authentic 1937
    1964 Gibson LG-0
    2013 Gibson "Basketcase" AJ

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    Default Re: 1890 Joseph Bohman Bowlback

    Cool guitar. The mandolin turned out to to be non-playable. The top was caving in and two of the tuning machines no longer worked. Oh well, I'll keep looking.

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    Default Re: 1890 Joseph Bohman Bowlback

    The vast majority of the Bohmann instruments that I have seen on eBay over the last 10 or 15 years have been unplayable. Most of the mandolins had been stripped of their Handel tuners if nothing else. The good news is that their are plenty nice bowlback mandolins (if that is what you're looking for) out there and they are generally (with few exceptions) inexpensive.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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