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    Mando-Accumulator Jim Garber's Avatar
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    Default Re: Is this a real Larson?

    And from a few Maurers. It seems like the mid-line and fancier had these collars and the others none.
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    Default Re: Is this a real Larson?

    Quote Originally Posted by rcc56 View Post
    The majority of Larson mandolins have the distinctive semi-triangular body shape. Despite design variations, all that I have seen have a peghead with radiused sides and without a concave curve at the center of the peak. The single wide diagonally checkered purfling band around the top is uncharacteristic of Larson work, as is the "ebonized" hardwood fingerboard.

    The peghead shape of the OP's inquiry has been used by other Chicago makers, and the purfling pattern and the stained hardwood fingerboard have been used by both Chicago and east coast makers.

    This looks to be a well-built mandolin, but there is little, if anything, that resembles Larson work. There is a lot that resembles the work of others.

    Scot, does your Stahl bowlback have a paper label? It is generally accepted that Stahls with paper labels are not Larson products.
    Yes, my bowlback has a very florid, scripty label.

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    Default Re: Is this a real Larson?

    rcc56, my bowlback does have a scripty, florid label.

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    Default Re: Is this a real Larson?

    I wouldn't mind seeing some pictures of Scot's bowlback mandolin, including one of the label. And a couple of his Stahl flat-back also.

    I also would like to see a clear picture of the purfling on Jim's Maurer, and one of the rosette.

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