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    HM - 00080 1980's Hondo Electric Mandolin     EXC   I've had quite a few solid body electric mandolins including Fenders, Gibsons, and custom made ones. This one with its properly proportioned classic florentine body and F Style headstock looks the best in my opinion and it also feels really natural to play. Easy action and very responsive pickup with controls that work smoothly. Scale length = 14" and Nut width = 1 3/32". Gold tuning pegs and chrome custom tailpiece. Ebony adjustable bridge and sturdy input jack. A few little scratches and dents here and there but basically in excellent condition. A hole for a strap peg is unfilled and ready for the peg of your choice. It travels and will ship in its gig bag. The sound can be quite close to acoustic when turned down and it really honks when turned up.
    Price:   $995.00

    GM - 00141 1922 Gibson F-4 Mandolin     EXC-   A great sounding easy playing old Loar period F-4. Dark sunburst top and a beautiful flamey sunbust back. This mandolin has been well cared for over the past century but also played (maybe because it sounds so good) and thus has the typical "honest" (not crooked) play wear on the scroll and peghead etc. But no cracks or breaks or separations or funny business. It's all original from the tailpiece to the tuning pegs with the possible exception of the adjustable bridge which looks like the proper vintage but I don't see the stamp on it. The label is pretty hard to read but the Serial number is #70525. The original hard shell case is in pretty good shape and like the truss rod cover on the headstock, it is named "Jody".
    Price:   $7200.00

    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: Consigned at:   $2350.00

    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 Reduced Price - - Now   $1795.00

    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


    Gibson Mandolins

    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 -   $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 - 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

    We are fresh out of Martin Mandolins at this time. Sorry.

    Other Mandolins

    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.
    Price:   $11,000.00

    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

    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

    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 plays easily with comfortable action and intonates fine. An exceptional instrument. Unfortunately, no case but we can ship very securely.
    Price:   $1395.00

    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

    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

    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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