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Nov 21, 2020 - 9:38:43 PM
2 posts since 11/21/2020

Hi all

I have just recieved this instrument which was my grandfathers and would like to id it restore it and give it to my mum . So any help you could give would be awsome .
Thanks
Brendan

Edited by - Bps1982 on 11/21/2020 23:24:37

Nov 21, 2020 - 9:53:11 PM

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Can we get a closer shot of the headstock? That inlay will be a key to identifying it.

Nov 22, 2020 - 1:27:30 AM

3020 posts since 4/29/2012

quote:
Originally posted by Bps1982

Hi all

I have just recieved this instrument which was my grandfathers and would like to id it restore it and give it to my mum . So any help you could give would be awsome .
Thanks
Brendan


Very basic instrument from George Houghton and Sons of Birmingham (that's their lion trademark) . 20's or 30's probably. What do you think needs restoring ? Looks in pretty good nick to me. A polish and a new set if strings should see it right. And (except for sentimental value) it's just not valuable enough to warrant any other expenditure.

Nov 22, 2020 - 2:36:49 AM

2 posts since 11/21/2020

Thanks mate yeah just a cleanup and strings just wondering what products to use to clean it and get it nice . Not worried about the value much its more for mum so she can look at it and remember her dad playing it . Also what is the tuning on these . Thanks so much for your reply

Nov 22, 2020 - 3:06:13 AM

3020 posts since 4/29/2012

quote:
Originally posted by Bps1982

Thanks mate yeah just a cleanup and strings just wondering what products to use to clean it and get it nice . Not worried about the value much its more for mum so she can look at it and remember her dad playing it . Also what is the tuning on these . Thanks so much for your reply


GDAE from low to high. Same as a mandolin (Which is the same as a violin). So a set of mandolin strings is what you want . Each pair of strings is tuned the same. 

I'd just use furniture polish on the wood and a non-abrasive metal polish on the metal. Some say you shouldn't use polish on the fingerboard, just a bit of oil (lemon oil if you are being fussy - but vegetable rather than mineral anyway as things like WD40 also have solvents that can eat the glue). 

Edited by - AndrewD on 11/22/2020 03:09:34

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