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    Ernest "Pop" Stoneman also played a guitar made in the Galiano shop.
    Generally speaking, most of the Galiano instruments were made with more care than many of the other instruments distributed by Schmidt.

    It is my opinion that at least some of the instruments with a Galiano label were not made in the shop operated by Ciani, Nettuno, and Cerrito. The OP's instrument is one. The label may have been added later.

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    A follow up. Got the mandolin. Basically in nice shape. The back had come off at some point and didn't align perfectly, probably because the body shifted a bit before it was put back on. It wasn't well glued on so I removed it and was surprised to find two braces on the top, the expected one below the hole and another long brace somewhat above the bridge. They're so big and crude I decided to shape them and take a modest amount of wood off. Now I've got the back glued back on and clamped. The tuners were stiff but oiling them seems to have done the trick. It might take me a while to fit a proper bridge to the top. I'd post a couple of pictures but I'm not seeing how. I guess the site has changed things. I'll try to figure it out.

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    Somehow I couldn't see the buttons on firefox. So I shifted to Chrome. The second photo, if you can see it, is after I shaped the braces. You can see I was very conservative. (You might also notice the missing binding in the hole in the second pic. It popped out. I glued it back.)
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    Default Re: Ciani mandolin really a Stradolin?

    With the expected clamp marks on the head block and tail block
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    I'm surprised by the second long one as well. It wasn't inside this one.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Me too. The top is solid, btw. And the back, although i couldn't tell what kind of wood it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cary Fagan View Post
    Me too. The top is solid, btw. And the back, although i couldn't tell what kind of wood it is.
    I expected it would be solid. Nice catch.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Nice work, Cary, thanks for sharing.

    I added a brace in just about the same location on a KM11 after a catastrophic top collapse. Seemed like the only way to save it.
    It really tightened up the sound, particularly at the high end.
    Lost some low and mid range response but it survived and I'm still playing it (now and then.)

    Interested in hearing how yours sounds....

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