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    Default Mandolin Identifying

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    Looking for information on this mandolin. Any help would be appreciated.
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    Default Anyone know what kind of Mandolin this is?

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    Default Re: Anyone know what kind of Mandolin this is?

    Resonator mandolin - no idea as to the maker.

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    Default Re: Anyone know what kind of Mandolin this is?

    Indeed a resonator mandolin, probably built by Regal in Chicago. It appears to have a real cone underneath. They also made faux resonator mandolins that just had the metal cover plate.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    I merged the two threads.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    It looks like a Harmony. This appears to be very similar- if not the same:

    https://www.facebook.com/HarmonyGuit...8615869249542/

    Here is a much better series of photos. The headstock logo dates this example to the very late 1930s while the logo on the Facebook example is mid-30s. The seller states it is "faux" although the instrument in question appears to have a cone- although it may be faux. It is possible that Harmony made them in two versions!

    https://reverb.com/item/6261199-harm...olin-resonator

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    Thanks to all for the help!
    Sam

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    There are 2 small holes in the middle of the headstock vertically aligned. Anyone have a clue what these are for?

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    I assume they are screw holes and don’t go all the way through. If so, it probbaly had some sort of decorative plate (nameplate?) screwed onto the head.

    Is that a plain metal sheet beneath the pierced cover-plate or does it have some sort of contoured profile? As others have said, some of these “resonators” were fakes and I wouldn’t like you to thing you had something you hadn’t.

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    It has a curved profile, not flat

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    As the instrument does not have the Harmony name on it, it was sold by a third party. Possibly, the name of that company was on a metal badge/plate that was screwed on to the headstock.

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