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    Quote Originally Posted by EdHanrahan View Post
    Obviously not a brand that many are familiar with! It probably generates more questions than answers, most of which YOU could tell us since you have it in hand.

    - Guessing that you have Googled to find that it was built in India, a section of Hyderabad.
    - I can't make out the writing on the top half of the red oval. That might be informative to someone.
    - What is the scale length? It looks like a mandolin, but could be other, depending. Mandolin is usually 13" to 14" (13 7/8" being most common). That's the vibrating length of the string, between the bridge on the body and the nut at the base of the headstock.
    - The wood: You obviously do work on instruments, and must have some in-hand opinion on how it's built & what it's made of. Solid, laminated?
    - Photos of the back of the headstock, showing the tuner mechanism in detail, are often useful to some.
    - The artwork: paint, decal, inlay?

    I'm guessing that you actually want to know what brand, gauge, or specific set of strings to use for restinging. That begs the question: What are the gauges of strings on it now? That's usually measured with a caliper to the thousandths of an inch. A typical set might run from .011 inch on the high E-strings (assuming it IS a mandolin) to .042 on the low G strings. Juststrings.com can be a pretty good reference for most fretted instruments.

    Hope this helps you help us to help you!
    It’s sorted Ed , they say it’s Saxon made and not worth much so it will sit in the case for another 20/30 years .
    It’s nice to be nice eh ��

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    Thanks for your reply nick , I really appreciate that , I will give it a clean and put back in it’s case . ����������������

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    Take it out of the case every now and again.This is my A. Monzino & Garlandi of Milan mandolin from about 1930. It was almost certainly made by Meinel & Herold of Klingenthal, Saxony and retailed in the UK. It has a great British wooden (laminates) case- one of the reasons I bought it! It sounds great but I now only tend to play mandolins with a 14 inch scale- this one is 13 inch- and I am in trouble when I go back to a 14 inch scale mandolin! However, it needs to be tuned and played every now and then!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickR View Post
    Take it out of the case every now and again.This is my A. Monzino & Garlandi of Milan mandolin from about 1930. It was almost certainly made by Meinel & Herold of Klingenthal, Saxony and retailed in the UK. It has a great British wooden (laminates) case- one of the reasons I bought it! It sounds great but I now only tend to play mandolins with a 14 inch scale- this one is 13 inch- and I am in trouble when I go back to a 14 inch scale mandolin! However, it needs to be tuned and played every now and then!

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    Thank you for advice.

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