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Jul 13, 2018 - 9:07:59 PM
3 posts since 7/13/2018

So i am normally in the banjo hangout. I tried mandolin before banjo, and didnt get very far. ANd now I am back here again years later as I recently picked this up. I tried many google searches and could find very little about this, with the exception that is was a higher end Oscar Schmidt brand, and most likely made between 1900-1920. I believe the model is a mandolinetto. Would anyone have any more info in regards to the manufacture? woods used? etc? thank you!


Jul 15, 2018 - 6:13:39 AM
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328 posts since 12/26/2010

That is a beautiful example of the instrument. Use very light gauge strings on it. Many of these older instruments have warped necks and other damage from too high tension on the neck and top of the instrument. Martin makes a flat top mandolin string that may work. Keep in mind strings for that instrument may need to be longer than a standard mandolin string. Single strings can be ordered online from many outlets. Watch out for shipping charges ….. Just clean it with a damp cloth and vacuum out the dust. No refinishing or scratch cover or polish with silicone... R/

Jul 15, 2018 - 5:19:16 PM

3 posts since 7/13/2018

Thank you for the reply. I found one thread with string suggestions, so I do appreciate the recommendations. Would you suggest ordering from a place like elderly? I know my local music shop doesn't have the best selection in regards to non-guitar stringed instruments...

I'm hoping the neck on this isn't too bad, that was my one concern. I can't tell what the backside material is, either. Kinda hoping it may be Brazilian rosewood...

Jul 15, 2018 - 5:29:04 PM
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328 posts since 12/26/2010

You can put a straight edge on the neck to ascertain if it is badly bowed or if it is coming up or the face is sinking. None of those things appear to be happening but the pictures don't include a shot from the side. The body looks to be of mahogany construction with a spruce top and ebony fingerboard. Elderly may be able tpo help you. They have a good reputation online. R/

Edited by - UsuallyPickin on 07/15/2018 17:30:05

Jul 17, 2018 - 1:41:56 PM

3 posts since 7/13/2018

So it arrived yesterday and has an upbow on the fingerboard, but all joints are very tight. I strung it up with a new set of light gauge strings and it is pretty hard to fret past 4-5... Wondering if I'm just not used to the action, or if it's really unplayable. I can return it. It would be a shame as aesthetically it's a beautiful piece

Jul 19, 2018 - 4:46:28 AM
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328 posts since 12/26/2010

The neck may be able to be straightened by a competent luthier. It is of course going to add cost to the instrument. Call McCabe's in Santa Monica and ask who they recommend for luthier work in your area. Take it there and get an estimate. It may or may not be worth the added investment but you won't know until you ask. R/

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