TM - 0022 Rafaele Tieri Carved Top and Back
Mandolin EXC ++ Rafaele Tieri made many unique instruments in his
New York workshop during the teens
and twenties and this is certainly one of them. The two point body (perhaps with a nod to Lyon &
Healy) has a crack free spruce top and nicely
figured walnut back and
sides also crack free. The
scroll headstock is the fanciest I've
seen on a Tieri instruments. His name is stamped on the
neck block and the label is in great shape.
All original and very clean from the cloud tailpiece
and original bridge and pick guard to the tuning
pegs. Triple bound both front and back with a laminated
neck. Sweet sound. Nice tweed hard shell case.
Price: $2495.00 SOLD
GM - 000142 1923 Gibson A-2 "Snakehead"
VG ++ This is one of those fantastic sounding snakeheads from the Loar period.
Beautifully aged spruce top is crack free as are the birch
sides. All original from tuning pegs to
pickguard. Super Slant "The Gibson" graces the
peghead. Comes in a deluxe tweed hard shell case.
Serial # 72720.
Price: $3450.00 SOLD
GM - 000142 1924 Gibson "Snake Head" A-4 with
Virzi Tone Generator EXC This is a sweetheart for sure.It's in great
condition all the way around with one teeny surface crack near the
bottom from an over enthusiastic tailpiece tightening no doubt.
All original with the classic sunburst top and maple
back and sides.
The Snakehead headstock has the classic fleur de lys and the
tuning pegs work smoothly. It has it's original hard shell
case in nice shape with even the ribbon hinges
still intact or restored. The serial number is
805620 and the FON number seems to be 8123. The
Virzi number is 10642. This is just about the
sweetest sounding mandolin I've had! It plays easily and has a full rich dulcet tone. It has plenty of
volume if you want to play loud too. The most desirable of all the A-4 models.
Price; $6250.00 SOLD
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: $2350.00 SOLD
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 - - Now $1795.00
GM - 000140 1906 Gibson 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 - $5750.00 ON HOLD
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.
GM - 00106 2007 Corrado
Giacomel Octave Mandolin EXC+ A beauty from
Corrado Giacomel of Genoa Italy. Red Sunburst spruce top and flamey maple back and sides, all crack
free. Maple neck and ebony fingerboard, pickguard and adjustable
bridge. Super comfortable ebony tailpiece. I think if the
classic Loar design two point body with a scroll is the American
equivalent to the Corvette, then the Giacomel design is equivalent to
the Ferrari. He has given an Italian flavor even to the 'flowerpot' on
the headstock and certainly to the
classic scroll. Gold
plated tuning pegs.
This mandolin has great power and fantastic tone that has plenty of
depth in the low end and develops nice reverberation at the high end.
20" Scale Length 1 5/16" Nut Width. Gig Bag.
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
The label is fairly well
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
Price: $1695.00 ON HOLD
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
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 plays easily with comfortable action and intonates fine. An
exceptional instrument. Unfortunately, no case but we can ship very securely.
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
and one at the back of the
peghead. Both are solid and professionally done. It has it's original violin
case in fairly decent
Price: $1895.00 SOLD
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
tuning pegs with one replaced shaft. Old end opening case has about had it.
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 SOLD
DBM - 0003 mid teens "The Dayton" Banjo
Mandolin" EXC ++ We have another gem here in museum quality that
is not only rare but a great sounding instrument. Made by Charles Rauch in (guess where) Dayton,
Ohio known for his high quality and innovative instruments. Unique horizontally laminated
thick rim of maple and walnut with a metal tone
ring. Pearl inlaid "The Dayton" on the headstock with
metal ferrules surrounding the posts of the original
tuning pegs. Ebony pearl inlaid fingerboard
is extended and elevated over the head.
Nice original cloud taiplpiece cover over
a replacement tailpiece (original is in the case with one broken tab). The metal
label is present and excellent displaying
serial number #1506. And the
original hard shell case is in fine condition
with corduroy interior and in the
pocket an original "D" Dayton tuning key,
the original bridge, and tailpiece. 10" Rim 14" Scale Length
1 3/32" Nut width
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