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    Default Help dating vintage C. Bruno Mandolin

    Can anyone venture an opinion as to the approximate age of this C. Bruno flatback mandolin I recently bought. I'm guessing somewhere near the 1920s but I could be very wrong. Can't find one like it in any of the old Bruno catalogs I've found online. Thanks for any help you might offer.
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    Default Help dating vintage c. Bruno flatback.

    Can anyone venture an opinion as to the approximate age of this C. Bruno flatback mandolin I recently bought. I'm guessing somewhere near the 1920s but I could be very wrong. Can't find one like it in any of the old Bruno catalogs I've found online. Thanks for any help you might offer.
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    Default Re: Help dating vintage c. Bruno flatback.

    It was made by Harmony circa 1930 and many were sold by Sears, Roebuck under the Supertone brand. Sears, Roebuck owned Harmony from 1916 to 1941. People date them in the 1920s but they are a little later.

    https://jakewildwood.blogspot.com/20...-mandolin.html The body copy explains that it is not a Regal but a Harmony mandolin.

    These mandolins do not have a neck block as such and this can cause problems. This seller has two Reverb ads:

    https://reverb.com/item/51127305-sup...an-instruments

    This one shows you inside: https://reverb.com/au/item/45866645-...restored-black

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    Default Re: Help dating vintage C. Bruno Mandolin

    I have posted a reply in the other request you posted at the Vintage Instruments thread.

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    Default Re: Help dating vintage C. Bruno Mandolin

    Threads merged. Not necessary to post duplicate conversations on the same topic, please.

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    Default Re: Help dating vintage c. Bruno flatback.

    Quote Originally Posted by NickR View Post
    These mandolins do not have a neck block as such and this can cause problems...
    Nick, what do you mean by this?

    The link you have to Jake's site has him referencing reseting the neck in the block.

    Do you have any photos of the interior of the instrument at this joint?

    It would be interesting to see.

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    Default Re: Help dating vintage C. Bruno Mandolin

    Mick- at this Reverb listing the seller shows the inside and mentions that the shape of the top end of the body is made by the cut block- which is not a "block" in the usual sense and I think allows the neck to be pulled downward as Jake describes it.

    https://reverb.com/au/item/45866645-...restored-black

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    Default Re: Help dating vintage C. Bruno Mandolin

    I think this is what Nick is talking about:

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