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    Due to lack of enthusiasm, I guess we lost this thread. In an attempt to resurrect it, I would call all the members of the order of the bowl to repost your images.

    Here are a few of my 1902 Martin style 6, one day to be playable.



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    Here ia a closeup of the bridge and tailpiece cover.
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    Here is a closeup of the pickguard.
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    Closeup of the headstock.
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    One more, of the gear cover plate, showing the engraving.
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    Here is another interesting one -- at least to me. Not sure of the maker but it is pretty ornate for an American bowlback.
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    And a closeup of the pickguard.
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    Another mystery mandolin. This I call a boatback, sort of a hybrid between a flatback and a bowlback. Some details look similar to some Larson instruments.
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    Beautiful instruments Jim, I really like the pickguard inlay on the no name one.
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    gee, I hope I'm not being to redundant..having just posted these pics elswhere...but a bowl back pic series wouldnt be complete without the greek type...
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    no new closeups still.
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    little cracks
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    james, those are really nice, I really love the inlay of the woman with harp, nice

    one day when I can afford it, I want one with gods, old gods inlaid on the pickguard. maybe apollo or dionysus in some scene.




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    Repeating mine.
    Old no-name, but plays and sounds very nice
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    mandonucs:
    That looks very similar to American Conservatory mandolins (made by Lyon &Healy) I have seen esp in the pickguard shape and the headstock.

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    This is a 1924 Marca Aquila poject that was purchased off Ebay. When I got it, the neck had a severe bow, and all the braces were either cracked or loose. The back came off to repair or replace what was needed, and a new fingerboard was made to help straighten the neck. I was going to replace the headstock overlay to get rid of the rhinestones, and then do a complete
    refinish, but decided against it at this time. Don't let first impressions fool you. She sounds loud, and crisp, and has great action.
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    Is this a bowlback? What is the wood on the back like?

    Also, is this made by the Favilla family company?

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    Hey Jim: Early riser? No it is a flat back, and like Most of the Favilla
    instruments it is made of mahogany. They seem to have favored making well built
    instrument with plain appointments that most people could actually afford. I have a small
    collection of Favilla instruments. Mainly because I used to like to and talk with Big Tom
    at the Favilla music store before they closed. It was always very interesting to hear about the companys
    history. Lest Everybody thinks That is my only mando, here is a pic of my pride and joy. She is a Lyon Healy Model C #443
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    Once again; A. Mirone - Catania
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    Here is my first - Alfonso Moretti, Neapoli ..
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    Here is frontal of my Pandini, built last year.
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    Here is the bowl-side view
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    And my latest acquisition... the new bowlback I just got today...

    Happy April Fool's Day.
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    The pictures of my Vega are still here:

    http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin....t=12936

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    To makre sure that this thread satys alive...

    here is my 1896 mandolino Lombardo or Milanese mandolin by Serafino Casini.

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