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    Default Old 12 string bowlback info

    I just purchased an old unbranded 12 string bowlback mandolin does anyone know anything about these? Looks pretty old but looks can be deceiving only markings it has is the number 3 on the neck and 12 B in white paint/marker inside.Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Old 12 string bowlback info

    Looks like an Oscar Schmidt mandriola. You can see the “OS” on the pick guard.
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    Default Re: Old 12 string bowlback info

    Looks like it's in pretty good shape. Enjoy!

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    Thanks for the info! Has a couple dings here and there but I only gave 50 bucks for it and it sounds awesome!

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    Default Re: Old 12 string bowlback info

    Looks like you have two strings hooked on one tailpiece hook; is one broken off? Also, keep an eye on that along-the-grain crack below the bridge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    Looks like you have two strings hooked on one tailpiece hook; is one broken off? Also, keep an eye on that along-the-grain crack below the bridge.
    No none of the hooks are broken but who ever restrung it last put it on the wrong hook just havent wanted to mess with it because of the crack that you mentioned I'd like to have it restored but dont know anyone who works on these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackishchan View Post
    ...I'd like to have it restored but dont know anyone who works on these.
    Where are you located?
    Allen Hopkins
    Gibsn: '54 F5 3pt F2 A-N Custm K1 m'cello
    Natl Triolian Dobro mando
    Victoria b-back Merrill alumnm b-back
    H-O mandolinetto
    Stradolin Vega banjolin
    Sobell'dola Washburn b-back'dola
    Eastmn: 615'dola 805 m'cello
    Flatiron 3K OM

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    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    Where are you located?
    South east ohio out in the sticks the closest luthier I could find is about 2 hours from me

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    Not such a great deal and for someone that likes a bit of a challenge:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-OSC...2a02%7Ciid%3A1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackishchan View Post
    South east ohio out in the sticks the closest luthier I could find is about 2 hours from me
    Any ideas from anyone about a reputable repair-setup shop near SE Ohio?
    Allen Hopkins
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    Natl Triolian Dobro mando
    Victoria b-back Merrill alumnm b-back
    H-O mandolinetto
    Stradolin Vega banjolin
    Sobell'dola Washburn b-back'dola
    Eastmn: 615'dola 805 m'cello
    Flatiron 3K OM

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickR View Post
    Not such a great deal and for someone that likes a bit of a challenge:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-OSC...2a02%7Ciid%3A1
    I seen that one on Ebay there were several reasons I wouldn't buy it I think for 50 bucks the one I got is good enough to fiddle with

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