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    Nice collection! I like bowlbacks.

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    Me too.
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    I posted this on the comments under your YouTube video but I will repeat my comments here:

    The first two mandolins were both made by Lyon & Healy. That is the Washburn (their best brand) and the second which looks like an American Conservatory, their middle line.

    I don't think the Rex was made by Lyon & Healy but by Gretsch or else they had it built for them in the NY/NJ area. Your Washburn is the highest quality of the ones you show. Look around for a decent simple Vega. Those are excellent mandolins and can sometimes be acquired for a good price.

    Also, to my ears the best strings (in general) for these vintage bowlbacks are Dogal Calace RW92b Dolce strings. They really bring out the best tone and I use the on many of my vintage bowlbacks. As you can see I like these as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    As you can see I like these as well.

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    Wow, Jim, for a minute there I thought it was a picture of Horseshoe crabs coming up onto the beach to mate! (Anyone who has seen this will catch the resemblance). Really though, Jim, just joking. That's a beautiful collection you have there. I'll bet you really enjoy them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Clark View Post
    Wow, Jim, for a minute there I thought it was a picture of Horseshoe crabs coming up onto the beach to mate! (Anyone who has seen this will catch the resemblance). Really though, Jim, just joking. That's a beautiful collection you have there. I'll bet you really enjoy them.

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    I think I did post that photo along with the horseshoe crabs. For your entertainment...

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    I'm jealous, I would settle for one decent bowlback. But I think that's what holds me back, I only want one...

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    Personally I would look for a Vega, even a simple one, in good structural shape. They are excellent. Washburns, American Conservatory, Martins (tho higher priced), Weymanns are also good.
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    Showing off my other mandolins:



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