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    Default Lyon Healy bowlback? Approximate date?

    Hi, all. I picked this little guy out at an estate sale back a couple years ago. Looking for anything you could tell me about it; I am completely naive about mandolins of any kind.

    From cruising the threads here before joining, I think it seems to be a Lyon and Healy mandolin, but it has no markings of any kind to verify.

    An approximate date of manufacture would be very much appreciated, too. Thanks much.

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    Looks a lot like my Lyon and Healy bowlback, mine is early 1900s. Yours has a case, that's a nice touch. If you decide to restring it and play it, you need ultralight strings or you will ruin the mandolin. I like playing mine, it has a nice light tone, and I like playing classical and Celtic mandolin.

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    Thanks for the confirmation! And the info about the strings. Very appreciated.

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    Mando-Accumulator Jim Garber's Avatar
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    Headstock doesn't look like any of the brands by L&H. In any case, looks in decent shape and it probably a lower end of some maker probably made between 1900-1915 or so. Yes, light or extra light strings.

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