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    I have a mandolin that belonged to my Dad. The only marking on it is Florence on the headstock. Does anyone have any info on maker and date of build? Thank you.

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    There are lots of knowledgeable folks here, but it helps a lot to have pics.
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    I've seen the "Florence" brand attributed to both Kay and Regal, two Chicago manufacturers of less expensive instruments.

    Does it look anything like this one? The one pictured is an example of "resonator" mandolins sold under names like Blue Coment, Beltone, etc.
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    Yes it does. Wood and fingerboard are the same.
    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    I've seen the "Florence" brand attributed to both Kay and Regal, two Chicago manufacturers of less expensive instruments.

    Does it look anything like this one? The one pictured is an example of "resonator" mandolins sold under names like Blue Coment, Beltone, etc.

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    Check this thread which links to others discussing that type of mandolin. You say "wood and fingerboard are the same," but does your Dad's mandolin have the same basic construction -- round resonator with sound-holes behind the regular mandolin body?

    Would indeed help if you posted a picture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumbles View Post
    Yes it does. Wood and fingerboard are the same.
    Allen Hopkins,mine is not a resonator. Wood looks the same,pick guard looks identical. It is an A style. I will try to post some pics soon. Thanks for the info.

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    Maybe like either of these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Maybe like either of these?

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    Very similar to the resonator but without the holes. Coloring of the wood and the pick guard are the same.

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    Must be more like this one, with the f-holes?

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