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    Default Classical nerd roll call: Lyon & Healy archtops

    Because . . . why not?!

    I admit: I'm a bowlback-fan kinda guy, especially of the Neapolitan type. However, I've been bitten by the elegance inherent in Lyon & Healy's (L&H) approach to archtop mandolins. Their Neapolitan-like later scale length; classically understated, Deco-era elegance; and quality of materials and sound have attracted many other fans of classical music as well.

    I sold a 1926 L&H style C in January. I'm not sure why, but I never took photos of the style C and so cannot share. However, I sold the C in order to finance scoring this 1922 style A.

    I've shared. Now, what you got?
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    Here’s mine!

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    Hmmmm.....somehow these “thumbnails” showed up and I cannot delete!
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    1925 Lyon & Healy Model A, #1674
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    Those are beautiful instruments. I'm glad I'm only lusting in my heart, not my wallet
    Play it like you mean it.

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    Nice, Tim. the quilt of your maple is similar to my own. Who added your armrest and bridge? Do you like how the armrest augments function?

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    The original bridge, which I have, was replaced with a compensated bridge by Bruce Weber. I just find an armrest a little more comfortable. Can’t remember who made it (Cumberland?)

    1925 Lyon & Healy Model A, #1674
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    Style A mandola, Style A and C mandolins
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    Lyon & Healy • Wood • Thormahlen • Andersen • Bacorn • Yanuziello • Fender • National • Gibson • Franke • Fuchs • Aceto • Three Hungry Pit Bulls

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    Default Re: Classical nerd roll call: Lyon & Healy archtops

    I, too, lust in my heart for a Style A mandola, but practically speaking, cannot justify the expense.

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    You know, the style C pieces are nice and the style B pieces really nice as well, especially in the era before the Cs moved to that plain paddle-style headstock.

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    Congrats, Hoss! I can't wait to get my indelicate digits all over that thang! Bring it with you the next time you visit the Left Coast. I think you're going to like my new Buckeye F5 a whole lot better than before.
    Play that which you feel is groovy, get down with your bad self, and shake your money maker if it makes sense for you to do so.

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    You forgot "again" regarding your indelicate digits and my L&H. Cheers!

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    It appears that you are right although I was thrown off a bit by your recent text message mentioning the recent acquisition of the L&H in response to my mentioning that I had got my Buckeye back from Pete. Naturally, I just thought that you had a bought third L&H. You've always been tricky that way, damn you. Congrats again though. I remember it as a delightful little fiddle!
    Play that which you feel is groovy, get down with your bad self, and shake your money maker if it makes sense for you to do so.

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    Default Re: Classical nerd roll call: Lyon & Healy archtops

    Got mine a couple of months ago.

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    Had the first eight frets replaced and put on Thomastik mittels. I'm happy as can be.

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    Default Re: Classical nerd roll call: Lyon & Healy archtops

    Quote Originally Posted by bratsche View Post
    I, too, lust in my heart for a Style A mandola, but practically speaking, cannot justify the expense.
    Well, I paid an embarrassingly small amount in a Craigslist transaction. The mandola has an ugly and poorly repaired headstock crack, but it's been stable for as long as I've owned it.
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    Ok, this really creeps me out! I ordered a book of Christmas Carols and the cover has a Model A with a, a pick strap button on the top????? It makes me ill!

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    Ooofh.

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    Default Re: Classical nerd roll call: Lyon & Healy archtops

    Apparently some A models had a symmetrical 2-point body?

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    Yes, pre-1921 or so.

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    Default Re: Classical nerd roll call: Lyon & Healy archtops

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Buesseler View Post
    Apparently some A models had a symmetrical 2-point body?
    Yes, those are the long scale, about the same as Gibson.

    I had a style C many years ago. I traded it for my favorite 5-string banjo. Other interesting thing is I bought it from an older woman in the Greenwich Village, NYC who was Ramblin' Jack Elliot's aunt. 2 degrees of separation or something.

    In the current lineup, I have two A's: a long scale pretty early one that needs some work but sounded great when I had it functioning and a Washburn-labelled short-scale, asymmetrical one which is in amazing condition and is the only mandolin I play with Thomastik strings. Sounds great with those mittels.

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    The L&H mandocellos are truly amazing instruments and pretty rare. I have played a couple of them and they sound wonderful. At one point in its 95 year history the conductor of the NY Mandolin Orchestra encouraged or insisted that their members play L&H instruments so when I joined in the mid-1980s there were quite a few of them including my stand-mate and Fanny Goichberg who played her late husband Sol's A. There was at least one mandola.
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    Here's an interesting piece of nerd ephemera, an 1923 receipt for an L&H A:

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    $125? I'll take it!

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    I'm pining for some style B and C images, especially with the nicely textured Deco headstocks (i.e., before the C went to the one-point paddle). Who will satiate?

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    Default Re: Classical nerd roll call: Lyon & Healy archtops

    There is a nice article and some photos of a C on Fretboard Journal.

    Frets.com have four L&H instruments on their museum pages here:

    1928 Style A Mandolin
    1920s Style B Mandolin
    1920s Style C Mandolin
    1925 Style A Mandocello

    Boib Page has a nice looking style C listed in the classifieds.

    And here's a page from the old Mandolin Brothers site with another nice style C.

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    Yeah, but without the personal connection among comrades here. Ah well . . .

    (That cello is yummy.)

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    Here is mine.

    A quick story. Several years ago I attended FMCM (Festival of Mandolin Chamber Music), and that year the ensemble was directed by Jacob Reuven. Once after class we got to trading instruments for test drives. He played my L&H and loved it. (He also tried my bluegrasser, my Stiver, and hated it. His comment was that all the highs were muffled.)

    I got to play his Kerman, an experience I have commented on elsewhere.
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    I enjoyed the other photos in the album as well, Jeff.

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