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    Default 1940 Strad-O-Lin Mandolin Flyer For Sale On eBay

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/c-1940-STRAD...AAAOSwwo1XfqkO.

    I know some folks here enjoy Strad-O-Lin info. I saw this offered on eBay. NFI.
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    Default Re: 1940 Strad-O-Lin Mandolin Flyer For Sale On eBay

    Great info... at $49.50 (huge money in the 1940's) the top of the line Stradolin had a Spruce top, highly figured curly maple back & sides, celluloid binding top & back (instead of the painted on (fake) binding that most of these had. Also this high end model still had the celluloid tailpiece that matched the pickguard. These fragile but impressive looking celluloid tailpieces must not have been used in later years (my high end model has a metal tailpiece). I am curious as to when the first (oldest) literature about Stradolins was dated.

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    Default Re: 1940 Strad-O-Lin Mandolin Flyer For Sale On eBay

    There's a better copy of that page already on the cafe in the Vintage Catalog social group. If I recall there are older Strad-O-Lin pages there as well.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: 1940 Strad-O-Lin Mandolin Flyer For Sale On eBay

    That tailpiece cover isn't all that fragile, mine still has it on it the mandolin.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: 1940 Strad-O-Lin Mandolin Flyer For Sale On eBay

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    That tailpiece cover isn't all that fragile, mine still has it on the mandolin.
    I had an intermediate quality Orpheum branded Stradolin from the 1930's that was much like the $38 Stradolin in the advt. with the black back & sides (fine quality instrument) that had a celluloid tailpiece. Every time I changed the strings I was much more concerned with the fragility of that pretty plastic tailpiece than I was with any metal tailpiece. Perhaps I should have said, Bass Players with ogre sized hands (like mine) might proceed with caution. Maybe I was just paranoid that I couldn't easily find a celluloid replacement.


    Mike, Thanks for the info on the vintage section. Always appreciate your knowledge.

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