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Post by bryanbradfield on Nov 23, 2014 19:13:15 GMT
I regard Whaley Royce as a long-time Canadian retailer, possible manufacturer at one time of certain non-string instruments, but more likely having them manufactured with the Whaley Royce name. As far as stringed instruments, Whaley Royce catalogued these instruments, but the catalogue numbers should not be taken at all seriously by collectors.
Well, I should buy this book also, I tried, but I have no paypal account, so think to come over the Noth Sea next year, and try to buy in one or another shop. From what I read it needed about 15 years of work to complete, and is very informative, almost in a scientific way.
I know about the Whaley & Royce catalogue, seen some pages somewhere on the net also. But yes definitely the questions stay.
There's another strange thing i noticed on mine, the headstock has an, to me at least unseen rounding above on it's end, and it looks original, untouched....
I recently aquired from a forum member this Dobro. It seems to be a model 37. But with some strange (strange to me at least) details, I've never seen before. The top of the headstock has a strange rounding, first time I see this. There's no serial number indication either, which indicates it is possibly Regal made, I read somewhere there were Regals with and without s/n and even with Dobro decal on the headstock. The Pat. nr. on the coverplate indicates: 1872633 The upper and lower mounting screw on the coverplate are in the 12 - 6 o'clock positions, apologise if I am wrong, but this should indicate it is a prewar cover according to the info I have?
My guess is, it is a Regal made Dobro somewhere around 1935-1936, but I am really not sure. For the same money it is 70's OMI or something.
Anyway I am quite happy with this instrument, no problem.
I would be thankful if anybody could give some more insight on this.
What kind/size strings you running on this one? Look nice & fat……...
Is the cone stamped or spun? I'm guessing the holes in the well are round and not parallelograms. Is the neck-stick screw is visible through the center hole of the there holes?
My take on it is Regal built. The shape of the body is typical Regal. Tailpiece too. The cover plate is interesting, because the 6 and 12 o'clock screw position style is the earlier version. I wouldn't expect that. That indicates to me that the guitar was probably built before heavy Regal involvement. What is really interesting is that it is a 12-fret. This body style was much more common on 14-fret guitars. The headstock is weird for both Dobro and Regal. It looks like a Regal build with a lot of extra rounding that would just take more time in production. Not a very Dobro/Regal thing. My first thought is someone messed with it. But that would take some close examination.
I would be curious to know what is going on inside this puppy.
The soundwell holes are round. The cone is stamped and the neck screws are indeed visible. According the pat.nr. on the cover plate it should be made between Aug. 1932 and Aug. 1933.
The screw holes for the cover plate into the wood are all original, not repositioned or so, so I guess at least the body is completely original, the neck seems to me original but indeed the headstock is really strange, I never did see anything the same, and I think someone carved the wood to that shape (possibly to let an eventual ser.nr. dissappear in the past or to make it unrecognisable for whatever reason?, who knows). The sound is quite sweet, not really loud but louder than an acoustic. And she plays like butter after some work on the bridge and a new nut.