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    I've had a profile view picture that I'm sure you folks have seen many times before, as my wallpaper.
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    # #Looking at it a bit more closely today, I note that the handles on the Tuning Heads seem like wood. #Suppose they are Walnut? (A very stong wood).
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    I don't think they are wood, I think they are old and discolored from years of hard use outside and in dirtier venues...

    Looks like ivoroid to me... Many vintage buttons get that discoloration. The bottom tuner button for the E string looks like ivoroid...
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    That's exactly the picture I was referring to. Thanks so much.....I didn't take the time to put it in my post as I should have, only because I knew folks would know the photo I was speaking of.
    So, "ivoroid" implies "Ivory" which is "white" in color, and you feel that the constant use has turned them uniformly brown? Interesting! That's a lot of use!!
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    Ivoroid is an extruded celluloid plastic (see Frets.com). #I'm not exactly sure about why the color changes in these older buttons. #There are certainly examples of them in the mandolin archive. #Perhaps a real luthier will comment.

    Unlike modern uniform plain white plastic knobs the ivoroid button has grain. #



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    For a while (in the 50's or 60's), Bill had 1/2 of a set of Handel tuners on his F5, I can't remember if they were on the treble or bass side. I have some old Decca albums that have pictures of the mando with these tuners.
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    yeah, bass side looks like they could be handels
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    was Bill a smoker? just wondering if they could be stained at all from years of tuning with "smoky" fingers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by (allenhopkins @ Oct. 26 2006, 16:16)
    The Loar don't bark 'cause a vandal took the Handel...
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    There is the reversed picture, used on the German bootleg albums, that shows #73987 with a partial set of Handel tuners.
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