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    I think Suzuki have been building fairly similar looking mandolins for a very long time. None of them are valuable, some of them do sound perfectly reasonable, but some of the older ones have rather bendy necks. Yours looks in rather minty condition, so I would just enjoy it for what it is and pick the heck out of it I would assume it to be a fairly new build (by which I mean the last 30 years or so), beyond that, who knows? !

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    My 1926 Calace just got an older sister...
    This one is from 1923. Has a crack on the top that needs to be repaired, otherwise no issues.




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    Valbert: I had one of those "hole-in-the-head" Calaces a few years ago. A very nice mandolin. Congratulations on your new one.
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    Valbert, where did you find such a beautiful instrument? I donít see the crack, it must be a hairline.

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    Thanks! I found it in an online ad, and luckily it was just a two hour train ride away
    The crack is right underneath the g string. It actually goes all the way from the tailpiece to the bridge.

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    Now I see it. The beveling of the fretboard extension is very attractive. Congratulations!

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    Quite lovely, Valbert.

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    Hello -
    I posted some questions about an Embergher orchestra 2 on the Vintage Mandolins forum - if anyone on this thread has some familiarity with them, could you possibly help with my questions please? Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Logan View Post
    Hello -
    I posted some questions about an Embergher orchestra 2 on the Vintage Mandolins forum - if anyone on this thread has some familiarity with them, could you possibly help with my questions please? Thank you.
    You're in the right place. We all would like to buy an Embergher.



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    Got the crack fixed now on my 1923 Calace. Here's another pic Sound-wise, this one's quite different to my other Calace. Definitely brighter (maybe cause of the bridge material), more sustain, a little less bass. Still needs to be played in, it has been resting in its case for many decades and has never been played.


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