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    GM - 00147 1908 H-2 Gibson Artist Model Mandola     EXC   Elegant black finish spruce top with mahogany back and sides. All original from the tailpiece to the headstock with its pearl inlaid fleur de lys. Original pickguard is in good shape along with its original pickgard clamp. Same for the original bridge. It also has the beautiful Handel inlaid tuning pegs. Serial number #8976 on the Orville label. Completely crack free. Low action, big sound, straight neck. This is a great sounding gem. Original hard shell case in good shape.
    Price:   $5650.00

    HO - 00012 ca. 1895 Howe Orme Style 3 Mandolin (Mandolinetto)     EXC +++   This is a museum quality condition example of this cylinder top design but it also plays and sounds terrific with fine volume. Classic aged Adirondak spruce top is crack free as are the brazilian rosewood back and sides. Simple rosewood peghead overlay and original tuning pegs that work just fine. The label is in fine shape and the serial number #0976 appears there as well as being stamped into the top of the headstock. Original bridge is fitted perfectly to the 'humped' cylinder top. Original tailpiece with the May 15,1894 Patent stamp. And the hard violin style case is also in fine shape including the perfectly working spring latches.
    Price:   $2995.00

    VM - 0006 1935 Vivitone Mandolin by Lloyd Loar     VG   These are found less often than the guitars that were produced by Lloyd Loar's Vivitone company in the mid thirties. This one plays well and sounds better than the others I've heard (a couple of which were equipped with pickups). One of the two labels insides guarantees full credit for an upgrade to the electric model provided it is done by the end of 1935. The radical design has the odd soundhole in the spruce top and violin style f-holes in the spruce back which is inset into the sides. The sides have aged with an odd rippling effect. There is one un-repaired crack coming up from the bottom on the back. The headstock has the art deco Vivitone logo and the tuning pegs are original as is the pickguard and the case. The very nicely intonated bridge is likely a replacement as is the Gibson tailpiece from the twenties. There is a well repaired longitudinal crack running along the neck that is solid and poses no issue.
    Price:   $2750.00

    RW - 0001 1971 Randy Wood Loar F-5 copy     VG ++   In 1971 my band was playing a gig at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and I got to visit GTR the coolest guitar store around. GTR stood for George, Tut, and Randy. I was making money in 1971 and that afternoon I picked out a nice 1941 000-28 and a Gibson Mastertone tenor and ordered (to be made by Randy) a 5 string neck for the banjo and an F-5 Loar copy. About 5 months later the mandolin arrived. I sold it in 1981 but got it back again in about 1995 and had the neck re-shaped by Chris Berkov to be the same profile as David Grisman's 1922 Loar. It has plenty of cut and good deep chop, like a good bluegrass mandolin should. The top has lots of crazing lines in the finish but no cracks. No big scratches either just a few nicks and dings and one little gouge on the lower point. The flame maple back and sides are also crack free and the back has the same crazing but not as pronounced. After much begging, Randy agreed to inlay The Gibson script and flowerpot into the peghead. It still has it's original tuning pegs which work fine. Old twenties Gibson tailpiece. Nice hardshell case with cover. This is an exceptional instrument.
    Price:   $6750.00

    GM - 00144 1932 Gibson A-4 Mandolin     EXC   The last of the line for the top of the line A Model from Gibson. This one has a good deep strong sound and fine setup. Beautiful sunburst top and dark stained maple back and sides. There is one scratch / dent in the side that's impossible to photograph and another scratch on the top. It's got the elevated fingerboard. There is a small professionally repaired stable crack just underneath the elevated fingerboard and one other on the treble side. It has its original adjustable bridge, and pickguard, and tailpiece. Gibson script graces the headstock and it has its original tuning pegs. It also has a nice original hard shell case.
    Consigned at:   Price:   $2495.00


    Gibson Mandolins

    GM - 00141 1925 Gibson F-2 Mandolin     EXC -   Serial number 82669 which is a little hard to read on the label dates this to just after Mr. Loar had parted company with the Gibson folks to soar on to the greater heights of ViviTone. Unusual super slanted Gibson pearl logo on the headstock and truss rodded neck with 1 3/32" nut width. There is the common headstock scroll repair well done and not very noticeable. There is also one tiny surface crack at the bottom of the back also not very noticeable. The lacquer on the back has a lot of checking which is typical of many Gibson finishes of this era. The beautiful sunburst top is crack free with original pickguard, tailpiece and adjustable bridge. It also has it's original hard shell case is fair condition. This mandolin is set up beautifully, plays easily and sounds exceptionally good.
    Price - Consigned at:   $4950.00

    GM - 000140 1906 F-3 Artist Model Mandolin     VG++  : This is the best sounding and nicest playing example of one of these old 3 point Artist Models that I've run across. The top is crack free with original finish worn at the sound hole and pickguard(s) there's a cute little added one. The back and sides are mahogany and also crack free. There is a hairline repaired heel crack and the common headstock scroll repair but this one is really expertly done. There is also a virtually invisible repair to the treble side of the neck below the peghead. No headstock crack, just a little chunk replaced where it was all grunged up. Like I said, you can't see it or feel it. The headstock and the area just below it have been refinished. The original engraved Handel tuning pegs have one replaced gear and screw. Original end pin and original compensated bridge and "pineapple" tailpiece. The hard shell case is nice and looks maybe like it was custom ordered or even home made. And it's got the "Orville Label" serial number 4841.
    Price - Consigned at:   $5750.00

    GM - 00071 1919 Gibson F- 2     EXC-   Sn # 49891     A fine sounding and playing example of a late teens Gibson F model with the reddish sunburst top and red stain birch back and sides. This one has the nice carving on the rear scroll as well as the front one. Original engraved tail piece and replacement Schaller tuning pegs and adjustable bridge. Pearl angled "The Gibson" script inlayed on the headstock. There is some 'honest play wear' and a few nicks and scratches and one typical hairline coming up from the treble point and another teeny hard to see hairline across the back of the peghead which has been closely inspected, sealed and pronounced healthy. Nice original hard shell case with replaced handle.
    Price:   $4350.00

    Gm - 00095 1915 Gibson F-2 Blackface Mandolin     EXC -   This one has the checking or crazing on the original top finish that some people (like me) really like. And it also has the binding that ends on the inside of the scroll which likewise appeals to some of us. It has one solidly repaired hairline crack next to the bass side of the fingerboard that is no biggie. It's got the desireable Handel tuning pegs with the inlaid buttons and its original tailpiece , pickguard and endpin and a Loar period replica adjustable bridge. Nicely figured slab cut birch back and sides. And the headstock does NOT have the typical repaired scroll crack neither big nor little. The label is in nice shape. It lives in a sturdy travelite style case.
    Price - Consigned at:   $4350.00

    GM - 00089 1928 Gibson A Model Blackface     EXC   A little wear on the black top and a bit as well on the birch back and sides which like the rest of the mandolin are crack free. This is a real good player with a good strong sound. Silver stenciled "The Gibson" on the truss rodded headstock and original tuning pegs. Adjustable bridge with 1921 patent stamp and nice engraved tailpiece. Good label with serial # 87208 nice and clear. Good newer shaped tweed hard shell case.
    Price:   $2850.00


    Martin Mandolins

    MM - 00017 1936 Martin Model 2-30 Mandolin     EXC -   These are lovely instruments and we don't see many of them. This one is a fine example with a beautiful sunburst crack free spruce top and spectacular flame maple back and sides. Original tuning pegs and Martin Decal on the Brazilian rosewood headstock veneer. Diamond / snowflake inlays grace the ebony fingerboard. Original ebony bridge and engraved tailpiece. Pickguard is long gone. Plays easily with a comfortable low action and sounds sweet as can be. Straight neck, good frets. Rare instrument. Newer tweed hard shell case.
    Price - Consigned at:   $4500.00

    MM - 00014 1929 Martin Style 20 Mandolin     VG+   Here's a first year of issue of this model. Crack free with well aged spruce top and flame maple back and sides. Ebony fingerboard with abalone dots inlaid. Nice engraved tailpiece, original tuning pegs, ebony bridge, replaced pickguard and brazilian rosewood peghead overlay. This one plays very easily, really sweet and beautiful tone. Non original hard shell case.
    Price - Consigned at:   $2800.00


    Other Mandolins

    SM - 00018 ca. 1905 Stahl Style 8 Mandolin       EXC   but for one very hard to see (and even harder to photograph) crack in the bowl back that has been expertly repaired. Email for a large picture that shows it better if interested. It does not affect structural integrity nor playability. The rest of the instrument is splendid with the abalone trimmed top with it's ornate inlaid tortoise shell pickguard and abalone trimmed soundhole. The fingerboard is also trimmed in abalone. Tasteful inlay on the headstock and original tuning pegs with the engraved back plate. Looks like a medalian of some sort was once placed above the back plate, perhaps a dealers emblem. There are some hairline surface cracks on the bottom of the ivory trimmed skirt but that's all they are. Exact replica bridge and original engraved tailpiece. The label is also in fine shape. It play easily with comfortable action and intonates fine. An exceptional instrument. Unfortunately, no case but we can ship very securely.
    Price:   $1295.00

    TM - 0003 ca. 1920 Rafaele Tieri Bowl Back Mandolin     EXC   but for a crunch in the 33 flame maple ribbed back. It is only about 6 inches long and affects 5 ribs and it doesn't hurt the sound, playability, or structrual integrity of the instrument a bit and ... it would be a bear to fix. So we leave it be and appreciate that this is a fine quality instrument that has a great setup and bold sound. The spruce top is crack free as is the rest of the instrument. Nice piece of (maybe) walnut inlaid into the bottom where the ribs join together. Masterful replica bridge and probably original tailpiece. The label is beautifully intact. Rosewood overlay with the "Tieri" banner inlaid on the headstock and original tuning pegs which work fine. Inlaid 'you know what' pickguard. No case but we'll pack securely.
    Price:   $1350.00

    KM - 0002 1989 Everett Kettler Model TF-2     EXC +   This mandolin is a real hoss with tons of volume and plenty of bass and a nice fat high end that develops a bit of reverb to it. Spruce top and flame maple back, sides and neck. Note the small f-holes and unusual carve to the top. Pearl inlaid rosewood peghead overlay as well as rosewood fingerboard, and pickguard. Allen style tailpiece and ebony adjustable bridge. Beautiful heel treatment. Fine workmanship throughout. Everett Kettler of South Woodbury, Vermont is quite a character and is no longer making mandolins. If you go to www.mandolincafe.com and search the forums you will find a few interesting articles about him. He makes furniture, wooden boats, Amish horse carriages, as well as musical instruments. He has signed and dated the label March 6, 1989, serial number 0133. This is an unusual and powerful mandolin. Hard shell case.
    Price:   $2850.00

    HO -0005 ca. 1900 Howe Orme Style 4 Mandolin     EXC -   These little old things put out a lot of sound for their size. Lower Bout = 7 1/2".   Nut Width = 1 1/8".   Scale Length - 13 1/8".   The Style 4 sports the spruce top with the "cylinder" hump being partially responsible for it's fine tone. It also has gorgeous Brazilian rosewood back and sides and fancy engraved inlays on the ebony fingerboard as well as the headstock. Lovely soundhole rosette and five ply (white/red/black/white/black) body binding. Original tuning pegs. The label is in good shape and the serial number is #0785.   There are two repairs, both typical. One at the heel and one at the back of the peghead. Both are solid and professionally done. It has it's original violin case in fairly decent shape.
    Price:   $1895.00

    DM - 0004 1911 Dayton Style B Mandolin     VG+   A rare item and a unique design. This one is fancier and in nicer shape than the Pair in the Museum. It's black top original finish is in nice shape with some wear and the mahogany back is excellent and nicely figured. Viewed from side the white divider would appear to be simply ornamental but there is a false back - secondary sound board - in the middle of the instrument that has almost impossible to photograph cats eye shaped sound holes in it. The label is fairly well preserved. It has a good full strong sound and plays easily with straight neck good frets and good action. It has attractive fingerboard and headstock inlays and original tuning pegs and a very nice original case.
    Price:   $1695.00

    SM - 0009 Oscar Schmidt "Sovereign" Mandolin     EXC   From the mid to late twenties, this rare little beauty plays just great and has a really nice full mellow sound. Pearloid fingerboard and headstock and beautifully grained book matched mahogany (or maybe it's koa) back and sides. The wide grain spruce top is crack free as is the rest of the mando and has an inlaid pearloid pickguard, fancy diamond trim around its border and soundhole, an intricate carved bridge and an engraved tailpiece. Original tuning pegs with one replaced shaft. Old end opening case has about had it.
    Price:   $895.00

    NM - 0005 1930 National Triolian Mandolin     VG+   This is a rare little beast and it is one of the loudest mandolins I've ever heard. Plays good too. 15" scale length so it sounds real bluesey tuned down to F or E. (E sounds great but F is easier for transposing 'on the fly' in jams) It's got the rare early 8 grid coverplate with the usual worn pick area, some chipping on the sides, just a few nicks on the back. Original tuning pegs and the National Triolian Shield on the peghead. No case.
    Price:   $1750.00


    WM - 0004 Walton Mandolinetto ca. 1912     VG ++   Only one of these I've ever seen and it is a beauty. No cracks or repairs. Lots of herringbone binding on the aged spruce top and high quality brazilian rosewood back and sides with a mini-zipper backstripe. Attention to detail abounds. Note the herringbone heel trim and how it extends up the back of the neck. It extends to the bottom as well where it surrounds the tailpiece. The profusely inlaid headstock even has inlaid mother of pearl string ferrules. Abalone inlaid diamonds grace the side of the peghead. The fingerboard is likewise profusely inlaid with a couple of small pieces needing to be replaced. The tuning pegs are also of high quality. And the original aluminum compensated bridge was state of the art at the time and gives a nice tone. The instrument plays well and sounds lovely with good volume. Scale Length = 13 inches and the Nut Width is 1 1/8 inch.   A quaintly decaled fiddle case is its slightly oversize home but with padding provides fine protecion.
    Price:   $1695.00

    KM - 0006 1915 C. Knutsen Harp Mandolin     EXC-   Here is a beautiful museum piece that is also a cool playable instrument.   The label states "C. Knutsen Sole Patentee".   The beautifully aged spruce top is crack free. There are a couple of minor old repaired cracks in the attractive mahogany back and a couple more old repairs in the bass side. The elegant fingerboard inlay and cosmic peghead inlay really set it off. Not to mention that gorgeous butterfly with it's wispy antennae inlaid into the pickguard and one (or is that two?) of the sexiest bridges ever. It has its original tuning pegs and tailpieces. I've seen quite a few harp mandolins but not many with actual harp bass strings on them. Experimenting with different tunings is great fun. It is all original and ready to rock. No case.
    Price:   $8750.00

    HH - 0007 ca. 1900 Hammond Harp Mandolin     EXC   A custom order for an imaginative player? A stroke of genius by the builder himself? herself? One can't help but wonder. But it combines extreme innovation with an acutely unique sense of design. From the H. Hammond Company of Sioux City, Iowa. Red stained spruce top has a couple of repaired cracks as does the Brazilian rosewood back. The sides are crack free. The headstocks have beautiful burl veneers, perhaps walnut. The bass harp strings are arranged in three double courses and have their own 5 fret fingerboard! Original tuning pegs work fine and the back plates on the set of 8 match the back plates on the set of 6 whereas the top curves of the pegheads are exquisitely complimentary. Tasty pearl inlays on the main fingerboard and by the way the frets are good and the action is low and it plays quite nicely. Beautiful heel arrangement. Dual tailpieces. One of them patented 1891 . Interesting wood octagonal soundhole rosette and inlaid maybe tortoise pickguard. And the label is mostly intact and proudly states "Work Guaranteed". This is also put on the heel block and there are some Made in Sioux City labels inside as well. No case.
    Price:   $3750.00


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