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Christill1
01-17-2016, 10:47 AM
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Christill1
01-17-2016, 10:52 AM
Oops. Yeah, I bought the taropatch uke at a country sale this weekend. There are no maker's marks on it. It is rather simply made, judging by the bracing. It's a bit over 25" long.
Thanks, Chris
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hmgberg
01-17-2016, 10:54 AM
I think it is a mandolinetto, i.e., a guitar-shaped mandolin.

Christill1
01-17-2016, 11:04 AM
Wow, first I've heard of one. I think you're right. It seems awful big to be a taropatch. Maker?
Thanks, Chris

PhilUSAFRet
01-17-2016, 11:44 AM
check google images for a gaggle of them https://www.google.com/search?q=mandolinetto&biw=1280&bih=630&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwjr1pmb9rHKAhWBdSYKHaG0ADcQsAQIIg

Christill1
01-17-2016, 01:55 PM
Hey Phil,
Checking those Google images, I find some close matches, but not quite the same. Still trying to figure out the maker.
Thanks!

jgarber
01-17-2016, 05:15 PM
Yes, mandolinetto. Some have labels that say Neapolitan School of Music or something like that. I believe they were imported into the UK or perhaps were made there in the early 20th century.

ukulelekarcsi
01-17-2016, 09:39 PM
I have a different one, and it works very well as a mandolin. For nylon strings it will most certainly sound very weak, and be very narrow to navigate.

Gregg Miner did some research on the origins (Howe-Orme, but not the one of the sewing machine fame) and the different types (mine's in the Chicago vein, yours is of the British kind):
http://www.minermusic.com/mandolinetto.htm

Christill1
01-18-2016, 05:14 AM
Cool. Thanks everybody. I've found 'Net pictures with designs similar to mine, but not the same peg head shape.

jgarber
01-18-2016, 06:11 AM
Gregg Miner did some research on the origins (Howe-Orme, but not the one of the sewing machine fame) and the different types (mine's in the Chicago vein, yours is of the British kind):
http://www.minermusic.com/mandolinetto.htm

The Howe-Orme instruments were very different from most of the others. The H-Os had radiused tops and backs whereas the other of these were merely guitar-shaped flattop instruments. The OP's is the latter.


Cool. Thanks everybody. I've found 'Net pictures with designs similar to mine, but not the same peg head shape.

Here's one labelled Neapolitan School of Music from my picture file that appeared for sale on eBay circa 2008:

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