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Buck Ruff Rider Mandolin Flight Case

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The Buck Ruff Rider was the original heavy-duty¬†(and we do mean heavy) flight case. This ultra sturdy case is impervious to the destructive tendencies of most baggage handlers ‚Ä" an excellent¬†way to keep your mandolin safe during travel.¬†

Constructed of 8-ply birch and covered in Tolex, the plush interior provides a great resting place for your instrument, and includes a large accessory pocket where you can keep extra strings, picks or a PB&J sandwich. It will comfortably house either 'A' or 'F' style mandolins. This example is extremely clean and weighs 8.3!pounds but  will protect your instrument from practically anything! 

$250.00  (mandolin not included)

1988 Richelieu Banjo 5 String Desert Rose Model

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C.C. Richelieu began building banjos in the Mid-West in the early '70s. Most of his clientele were of the crowds of players who played Dixieland, some who even formed marauding groups called Banjo Bands.

He made very few 5-strings. This deluxe gold-plated, engraved ‚ÄúDesert Rose‚ÄĚ model arch top with ‚ÄúHearts & Flowers‚ÄĚ fretboard inlay, kicks you-know-what with its power and ringing tone! All gold plated, including the 2 Keith-Bump tuners. Its engraved armrest attests to the instrument once having been played by the "Pecos Kid".

C.C. passed away in 2003, but his legend lives on in this fine banjo. Own a piece of banjo history with this excellent instrument..

$2499 with original hard case

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1930 Regal 2-Point Mandolin

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‚Ä®Made¬†between 1928 and 1930 by Regal in Chicago, this rarely seen mandolin was excellently crafted.¬†Featuring a carved spruce top with rosewood back and sides, elevated pick guard and fingerboard, this instrument was the top of the line when first introduced. The bound fretboard features block inlays and the "custom built‚ÄĚ label inside.¬†
This triple wood bound mandolin is in excellent condition and as original as the day it left Regal. Although the neck may appear slightly wavy, it frets true and the action is extremely playable. A rare vintage treat for those who appreciate the subtle nuances of a pre-war mandolin.
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$800.00 nestled in its purple lined original case.

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1938 Recording King Carson J. Robison X-Braced

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For sale is an incredible Recording King Carson J. Robison (Model K, 1115) from 1938. Built by Gibson for Montgomery Ward, this model is equivalent to the Kalamazoo KG-14, and shares the same body dimensions as a Gibson L-00.

Originally ladder-braced, a previous owner sent this guitar to David Sheppard for X-bracing in 2010. After buying it in 2014, I took it to John Arnold for a neck reset and new frets. Has played great ever since, and shows only minor fret wear.

Fantastic condition overall for its 80 years, but not a museum piece. Several dings and light scratches, and a few minor cracks: (1) one extending from the fingerboard extension to the soundhole; (2) classic pickguard crack along the inside edge of the PG; and (3) hairline back crack running about 4" near the end block. All cracks were repaired prior to my ownership, most likely during the bracing conversion, which would imply they've been stable for 9 years and counting.

Original or period-correct tuners. Antique Acoustics replica bridge pins. 1-3/4" nut, large V-shape neck.

This is one of the best guitars I've ever owned, is extremely loud, and super responsive, due in part to its very light build. Equally strong as a flatpicker or fingerpicker. I actually kept it over the larger jumbo version, which had also been X-braced by David - the guitars were very similar, but with its slightly deeper body, this one had the better low end. Both guitars have been among my very favorites.

Please don't hesitate to email with any questions.

$1900, no trades. Includes a Silver Creek hardshell case (pictured).

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Posted: Jan 16, 2019 09:10 PM CDT

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James Edgar

Johnson City TN

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1950 Martin D-18

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Selling a really good example of a D-18 at the end of the tapered brace period. Some wear, no obvious through cracks, a few lacquer cracks.
Great set up , recent neck set, no problems at all. No work needed.
Loud, woody, and airy tone. Original tuners. With hard case. $6000.
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Posted: Jan 16, 2019 08:47 PM CDT

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T Barnes

Franklin NC
United States
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Girouard A5 $(2200 Shipped)

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This is a beautiful Girouard A5 Studio Deluxe mandolin. It has Red Spruce Pumpkin top,Highly flamed Mapel back sides and neck. Rubner tuners..This is a beast of a mandolin, but still very articulate! Plenty of volume to spare!
Comes with a hard shell case. The Studio Deluxe sells for $2750 new. This one is in flawless condition. You can not beat Girouard mandolins at this price point or even anywhere close. $2250 with free shipping in the lower 48..
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Category: Mandolins
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Posted: Jan 16, 2019 08:46 PM CDT

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brad bradshaw

marshall NC 28753
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New Pre-War "D-2018"

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The search for the ‚ÄúHoly Grail‚ÄĚ of guitars¬†just might end here. For many players, the epitome of a flat¬†top guitar is¬†the discovery of a Martin D-18 or D-28 made in the 10 year period between 1934 and 1944. Prices on those mythical beasts have now escalated past the price of a new car.¬†On the other hand, the Pre-War Guitar Co., based in¬†North Carolina has achieved the legendary tonality, playability and appearance of these hallowed instruments of the past at extremely affordable prices. Case in point, this gorgeous Adirondack spruce and mahogany dreadnought with a big heart has players scrambling over themselves in an effort to obtain one. Just a glance at the roster of players who now play¬†a Pre-War Guitar is impressive, from Tommy Emmanuel to Mollie Tuttle.
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This beauty has a tight-grained Adirondack spruce top, wedded to equally fine-grained mahogany back and sides (as in D-18) with the top trimmed with the desirable herringbone purfling, back bound in ivoroid and ebony fretboard with pearl diamond squares (as in D-28). The tuning machines are in the war time G-98 Grover style. 

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Make no mistake, this is not another Martin clone. There are quite a few guitars on the market that resemble that look. This is a true “time machine’ of the "pre-war" era with THAT dry vintage sound, superb strong bass, singing highs and that tight BOOM that we all want to hear.
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This instrument is brand new and as such carries the new manufacturer’s warranty. 
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$5,500.00 with new Harptone Deluxe case and insured shipping

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Two F5 Mandolins For Trade - Ratliff & Crafters

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I have two Mandolins I would consider trading- a 1982 Ratliff R-5 build #6 and a 1976 Crafter's F5 Loar copies. The '82 is beat & sweet, the '76 is more refined sounding & louder. Both come with flat fretboard, EVO gold re-frets & HSC.

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Posted: Jan 16, 2019 07:24 PM CDT

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Wm Michael Regnier

Dyer IN

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Kimble A New Price Point

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2017 Kimble A5.

I noticed 29 new mandolin listings Monday AND another 28 Tuesday WOW…so lots of choices means new lower price.

Red spruce top with tone bar bracing,2 piece Sugar maple ,flat fingerboard 1 1/8‚ÄĚ nut traditional sunburst with bound ivoroid binding. Oil varnish finish. Waverly tuners w/ebony buttons, James tailpiece. Bound ebony pick guard. An amazing loud and balanced voiced A5. Pretty much like new, only year and half old.

With Original TKL HS Case which is mint $3,975 + shipping/ins to Cont US
Email for additional photos or information.

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Category: Mandolins
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Posted: Jan 16, 2019 07:00 PM CDT

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Tom Stopulos

Bettendorf Iowa 52722
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Pono Mandola (Tmd-30sB) - Reduced

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Rosewood / Spruce (Englemann?) Mandola with a guitar-shaped body and 16″ scale.

Rosewood peghead overlay with Pono logo at top. Ebony fingerboard and bridge. Small dot inlays in fingerboard. Abalone soundhole rosette. Top and back of body bound with Ebony. Glossy finish. Gold Tuners with pearloid buttons.

With hard case - $850 shipped, PP, CONUS

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Posted: Jan 16, 2019 06:46 PM CDT

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Andy Willoughby

Duluth GA 30097
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1959 Gibson J-200 - Reduced $5,150

Peterson Plus HD Strobe Tuner

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Peterson Plus HD Tuner.
Works great with original box, manuals and USB charging cable.

$100.00

Will ship to CONUS. Payment via PayPal preferred.

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Posted: Jan 16, 2019 06:43 PM CDT

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William Guy

High Point NC

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Blue Chip Picks - Sold Pending Payment

1930s Paul Beuscher Mandolin

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The name Paul Beuscher will be familiar to those who frequent music shops in Paris. The Paul Beuscher stores were the first importer of Gibson guitars in France and they imported all types of musical instruments. Their own branded stringed instruments were mainly crafted in Spain and the U.S.

This beautifully appointed mandolin at first glance has adornments usually reserved for the ornate bowl back mandolins from the late 19th century. This example features a spruce top bordered with alternate pieces of rosewood and ivoroid and a pick guard featuring a pearl engraved butterfly in its first stage of metamorphoses! Its sides and one-piece flat back are Brazilian rosewood bound with maple and the fret board is ebonized with beautiful original amber buttoned tuners. This mandolin is quite playable and the tone is sweet. It would make an excellent choice for classical mandolin styles as well as old-time folk or even blues.


$650 with chipboard case

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1999 Paganoni Doyle Lawson

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Paganoni 1999 DL #6.

"This is number 6 out of the series of 8 special Doyle Lawson model John Paganoni mandolins. The Lawson model differs from the standard Pag because Doyle handpicked the wood & had some participation in the building process. This one features a gorgeous, highly flamed, one piece maple back, highly flamed sides, varnish finish, & elegant fern inlay. This one sounds amazing. Powerful, yet sweet. It's as close to a 20's Gibson F-5 as it gets. It is in very good condition with some play wear & natural distressing. It comes in the original, hand made by Paganoni, Loar reproduction case."

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Posted: Jan 16, 2019 06:19 PM CDT

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Anthony Hannigan

Wellsboro Pa 16901
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1928 Paramount Style B Melody Banjo

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Here we have the incredibly rare and wonderful Paramount Style B Melody Banjo with its 15 1/4‚ÄĚ scale neck that meets the body half-way between the 12th and 13th fret. Created so that mandolin players could play parts previously played on banjo, and¬†vise versa.¬†

This 90 year old instrument is in fine condition¬†featuring a slim mahogany 5-piece laminated neck with demi-herringbone under its¬†Brazilian rosewood fret board.¬†¬†As with most Paramount instruments, the fret board is tastefully inlaid with intricate mother-of-pearl position markers.¬†The headstock has the inlaid mother-of-pearl Paramount logo, underneath which is inlaid ‚ÄúWm. L. Lange‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúStyle B‚ÄĚ.¬†

All of the metal parts are shiny and without oxidation, including the original ‚Äúimproved‚ÄĚ Paramount quick release tailpiece, armrest and Page tuners.¬†The action is extremely playable, and the tone of this unique instrument¬†is as one would expect from a Paramount: crisp, clean and with plenty of volume.

This melody banjo¬†is in very fine condition throughout with the normal amount of scratches one would expect from a 90 year old well care for instrument. Its only fault is¬†a¬†3/4‚ÄĚ piece of binding missing off the back of the resonator.

Here’s an opportunity to own an instrument that plays well, sounds terrific and is a welcome ultra-rare addition to your banjo collection.

‚Ä®$2950 incl. original hard case

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Paganoni Loar Style Replica Mandolin Case 

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Here’s a beautifully crafted oblong mandolin case from renowned mandolin builder, John Paganoni who is equally known for
his amazing cases. This is an incredibly accurate replica of the original cases shipped with the Gibson Lloyd Loar F-5 mandolins in the 1920s. 
Mr. Paganoni is well known for his craftsmanship and attention to detail, as evidenced here by this excellent example. Each of these cases was hand built and even dated (Oct. 2, 1980). This one is in excellent condition with a few minor scuff marks here and there on the exterior. The interior is like new and will be extremely protective of your florentine style mandolin.

$850.00

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1930 Maurer Model 593 Guitar

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Some of the most outstanding guitars of the early 20th century were not made by Martin or Gibson, but by the Larson Bros. of Chicago. In 1900, the Larson Bros. bought the rights to the name Maurer from its founder, Robert Maurer. They built exceptionally beautiful instruments, including this extremely rare presentation grade model 593, the Maurer top-of-the line. There are very few Model 593s in existence and it is exactly like the one played on the Tone Poems CD by the legendary guitarist, Tony Rice.

The body size is between a parlor and an OM. The peg head features an elaborate abalone floral pattern bound in ivoroid. The piece de resistance is the fret board inlaid in a combination of mother of pearl and abalone shell in the pattern most often referred to as the "Tree of Life", perhaps the most highly decorative and sought after stringed instrument adornment.The top of the guitar is constructed of tight grained spruce, bound in ivoroid with semi-herringbone purfling sitting astride a border of abalone shell. This theme is carried over in the rosette, and also around the fingerboard extension. The ebony bridge is also inlaid with an engraved mother of pearl star on each wing. The triple bound back has a multi-colored inlaid wood back strip which sets off the book matched Brazilian rosewood in a regal manner. Even the side body edges are triple bound! The sides are also Brazilian rosewood and the neck is mahogany with a decorative inlaid maple and rosewood strip.

This guitar is in excellent playing condition, with some pick wear on the top near the bridge and one professionally repaired crack on the treble side. The bridge has been shaved and the saddle is low but it plays easily and intonates perfectly. The sound is woody and distinctive.

With period correct hard case ‚Ä" ¬†$17,500.00

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1918 Martin/Briggs Style A Mandolin

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This Briggs mandolin was one of a handful made under contract in 1918 by the C.F. Martin & Co. who also made instruments under the names Bitting and Wolverine during the same time period. Although the Martin style A is quite common, this model (stamped Biggs Special made by C.F. Martin & Co. on the back of the peg head) is rarely seen.

Like the style A, this mandolin has a bent spruce top, a few extra inlays and a different peghead contour. The back and sides are genuine Honduran mahogany, all finished in a luxurious satin.
This otherwise fine example has the typical Martin "pickguard" crack and a 5" crack on the treble side, both professionally repaired long ago. The original tuning machines were replaced with a vintage 1940s set and the tailpiece cover is likewise unavailable.

 This Martin/Briggs style A mandolin has a fabulously sweet tone, with singing highs and a mid-range with plenty of warm overtones.

$895 in original case

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1920s Martin Style 3 Taropatch Uke

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‚Ä®Beautifully crafted by the world‚Äôs best known acoustic guitar maker, this¬† taropatch or¬†‚Äú8-string ukulele‚ÄĚ produces a lot of volume and punchy tone due to¬†its double strings¬†and¬†larger body size.
‚Ä®An interesting note is that silent film star Buster Keaton ordered a style 3 taropatch from Martin in 1924, and can be seen playing it in his 1930 film ‚ÄúDough Boys‚ÄĚ accompanied by Cliff Edwards (aka "Ukulele Ike").

All Honduras mahogany construction, with the appointments of the Martin style 3 ukulele, this instrument is in nice condition, with the exception of a slightly damaged rosette and fading evidence of one short side crack that was repaired long ago.
The action is perfect, with a straight neck and frets that show no wear.

Here’s a chance to own a piece of ukulele history with a rare collectable that’s sure to increase in value as years go by.


$2,950.00 with vintage hard case 

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1920s Martin 3M Soprano Ukulele

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One of the most delightful instruments we’ve ever seen. This 1920s all mahogany ukulele from Martin brings forth a wealth of tone many might not think possible from such a diminutive instrument.
The all mahogany body has multi-layered binding around the edges as well as the rosette The fret board is delicately figured Brazilian rosewood with diamond and squares inlays, as well as the style 3 center striping. The C.F. Martin logo is heat stamped on the back of the peg head, while the front of the peg head has no Martin identification. The original white friction tuners are in place and work perfectly. The nut is 1-13/32‚ÄĚ wide with the Martin ukulele scale of 13-5/8‚ÄĚ.
In very nice condition, and nicely maintained with the exception of a long ago tiny puncture on the back. Action is perfect too on this timeless treasure.

$1950 in chipboard case

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Hiscox Pro II Guitar Case

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This is for an 0-size guitar. Hardshell plastic/fiberglass, not sure, material. Clever clasps that can be opened and closed 1-handed.Padding is designed to keep the sides of the guitar away from the inside wall, therefore providing good protection. I am asking $175 shipped in CONUS. Please contact me for pictures and inside dimensions to make sure your guitar will fit. This has been kept indoors, seeing very little travel. It's in excellent condition.

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Posted: Jan 16, 2019 05:46 PM CDT

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Rich Young

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1945 Levin Deluxe Arch Top Guitar

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One cannot help but be astounded by this gargantuan Swedish arch top, first introduced in 1937, measuring over 18 1/2‚ÄĚ across the lower bout. But size is not the only facet of the Levin Deluxe that‚Äôs impressive.
 
The appointments are top of the line as well¬†‚Ä" the hand-carved Romanian spruce top is quintuple-bound with triple-bound¬†f-holes and finished in an aged honey burst. The back is likewise hand carved European flame maple and is triple-bound.¬†The neck and fret board are another treasure trove of over-the-top decorative features. The unique peg head is triple-bound with the Levin logo in lush pearloid along with a modernistic engraved ‚Äúleaf‚ÄĚ design. The fret markers are also¬†pearloid, engraved with replicas of the peghead leaf¬†motifs as well. All the metal parts are gold-plated including the Grover "Sta-Tite" tuners and tailpiece, engraved ‚ÄúDeluxe".

The pick guard is no longer with the instrument, but all else is original and in exceptionally clean condition. Still, the most outstanding feature of this guitar is its incredible tone and the sound is just huge! This is a superb example of arguably the most deluxe arch top made in Europe!
   
$7,500.00 including original hard case in excellent condition.

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1920s Majestic Deluxe Tenor Banjo 

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Majestic is its name, and its appearance, playability and tone are Majestic as well. This beautifully ornate tenor banjo was built in the1920s by noted luthier Gaetano F. Puntolillo who was also responsible for the S.S.Stewart Wondertone and other spectacularly decorated banjos.
‚Ä®This example features a beautifully inlaid fingerboard, gold plated engraved parts and a highly-figured rosewood resonator with inlaid marquetry. The classic peghead is spectacularly inlaid as well.¬†But most importantly,¬†the tone is equally incredible¬†‚Ä"¬†responsive, crisp and powerful. This high-end Majestic is in extremely fine original condition and¬†can cut through all the instruments¬†in an Dixieland or Jazz ensemble with¬†incredible clarity and volume.


$2,450.00 with original hard case.

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1945 Levin Model 320 "Aristokrat" Mandolin

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Some of the finest string instruments in the world were produced by the Hermann Carlson Levin Company of Gotteburg, Sweden. They produced guitars, lutes, banjos and mandolins with excellent craftsmanship, superb tone and great attention to detail. This exquisite 2-point design first appeared in 1933 as the model 380, transitioning in 1937 to the similar model 320, renamed the "Aristokrat" model 40 in 1947.

This ultra-clean example features a select carved European spruce top with highly figured maple back and sides and a distinctive crown-shaped peg head with the Levin insignia inlaid in mother of pearl. 
The extended elevated fingerboard is inlaid with pearl blocks. The body is triple bound with a double cutaway for easy access to the upper frets. The tone is sweet and lush, the action smooth. This is a rarely seen beautiful vintage mandolin. How Swede it is!
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$2,950.00  with deluxe leather case

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1963 Levin Master 42N Mandolin

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One of the most underrated musical instrument manufacturers was the Levin Company of Sweden. Producing some really fine instruments, they were largely ignored in the USA from their beginnings in 1900 until they were purchased by C.F. Martin in 1973.

This deluxe A-style mandolin is a wonderful example of the artistry of the luthiers at Levin. The sweet tone produced by its spruce top and flame maple back & sides is remarkable with balanced projection from the lowest note on the G string to the highest note on the E string. This one is in excellent playing condition, save for the first stages of deterioration on the pick guard, which we have removed and will supply it separately wrapped along with its bracket and original screws. All hardware is original as well. Comparable to the Gibson A-50 with a more refined tone, this is a finely crafted, rare, collectable mandolin.
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$1,000.00  with original hard case

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1949 Levin Model 41 Mandolin

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The Herman Carlson Levin Company is considered by many to be the premiere fretted instrument manufacturer of Europe. They made  exquisite sounding instruments in their small factory in Gothenburg, Sweden beginning in 1900. They soon gained a reputation for finely-crafted, excellent sounding guitars and mandolins, as well as lutes and banjos.
Levin mandolins have a rich, robust tone with fine playability. This particular example has all metal tuning machines, a fine grained carved sunburst spruce top and a carved single piece back .

This rare A-style model will make a superb addition to any player’s arsenal of instruments.

$995.00 in original hard case

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1920s Lyon & Healy Style A Own Make Mandolin Banjo

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Presented here is an exceptionally rare, beautifully crafted, excellent playing banjo mandolin of the jazz era.
Lyon & Healy, one of the most prolific makers of the early 20th century, produced this instrument in limited quantities with several attractive features that stand today as a hallmark of the golden age of banjo making, not the least of which is the engraved, nickel plated tailpiece in the shape of a lyre with the intricate ‚ÄúLyon & Healy‚ÄĚ logo engraving.
The maple neck is 3 piece, with an ebony center strip. The fret board is ebony with a maple streamer that leads to the the ebony overlaid peg head framed with carved maple.
Turning to the body, we find a 30 bracket 11‚ÄĚ rim with the ‚Äúraised‚ÄĚ tone ring that sits upon 32 metal pedestals, creating a magnificent rich, full, and open sound.
This is your opportunity to acquire not only a rare example of early 20th century art, but also an instrument that can be the stand-out in any musical ensemble.

$1850 with period correct hard case.

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2003 Kimble A-5 Mandolin Blonde

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Will Kimble has been building instruments since 1997 and is now considered one of the best American mandolin luthiers. Here‚Äôs a varnished blonde A-5, constructed from a hand carved, fine grained Englemann spruce top, and boldly flamed sugar maple back, sides, and neck. The body is bound with tortoise style binding and the headstock's ebony overlay is inlaid with a pearl Kimble logo. Other features include a comfortable radiused ebony fretboard with 1 3/32‚ÄĚ nut width, adjustable ebony Steve Smith Cumberland Acoustic bridge, ebony pick guard, custom nickel Randy Allen tailpiece and Schaller tuners with custom ivoroid buttons. This rich sounding instrument is in superb original condition without visible signs of blemish or wear. This fine mandolin is ready for you!

$4495.00 with hard case.

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1932 Kel Kroyden KK-20 Mandolin 

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One of the Gibson alternate brands, Kel Kroyden instruments are known for their Spartan appointments, but sturdy build. The tone is quite remarkable in these budget-priced offerings from Kalamazoo. Players poured over the mail order catalogs of merchandisers such as J.W. Jenkins, hoping to find that bargain musical instrument that would make life more enjoyable. Many found just such an instrument sporting the Kel Kroyden logo. This model KK-20 mandolin corresponds exactly to the rarely seen Gibson C-1 model, made only in 1932.

Well played and well enjoyed by previous owners, this Kel Kroyden features a solid Spruce top and dark stained flat back and sides, nice straight neck with a user friendly profile. You can't go wrong with this one.

$800 with chipboard case.

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Circa. 1918 Iucci Octave Mandolin Banjo

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Gennaro Iucci and his son Michael were instrument makers in New York. Although their instruments have languished in obscurity, they are still very well respected by the cognoscenti. Probably best known for the era in which their banjos had lion‚Äôs head peg heads, this example is praised more for its the quality of its tone, possibly due to Michael‚Äôs patented creation, the Bell Tone ring (Patent US1233881 - 1916/1917), which is present in this unique instrument. The large 12‚ÄĚ rim has in place the ‚Äúrolled‚ÄĚ tone ring as do many of its contemporaries, but also included is young Michael‚Äôs invention, an adjustable 9‚ÄĚ ‚Äúspider‚ÄĚ which operates independently against the head.

The banjo rim is of maple, and devoid of decoration. The Iucci‚Äôs chose instead to concentrate on adornment of the octave mandolin neck, also of maple with a triple bound streamer under the ebony finger board and peg head overlay. The peg head is decorated with decorative designs including a modernistic fleur-de-lis, lyre and stylized branches, and of course, the name Iucci in flowery script. The fret board features large slotted diamonds in the style of the ‚Äė20s and ‚Äė30s. The tuning machines are encased in a chamber and covered with decorative metal plates, also an early 20th century affectation.
The neck is straight as an arrow with medium low action, and no visual wear to any of the frets. There is some evidence of finish wear on the back of the neck, almost solely limited to the area directly behind the 2nd fret, and there are only 2 very small areas of oxidation on the stretcher band.

$1750 in its original hard case

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1946 Gretsch Synchromatic 200 Arch Top Guitar

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Here we have a beautiful, easy playing, tremendous sounding 16‚ÄĚ Gretsch Synchromatic model 200 with the rare "light bulb" headstock. The attractive and unusual cat‚Äôs eye sound holes add great tonal projection as well. The top is carved from close grained spruce with tone bar bracing that also aids the guitar in producing glorious amounts of volume. The two piece back of the 3 3/8‚ÄĚ deep body features highly figured quilted maple with matching maple sides. The top and back are both triple ply bound.
The neck has a 25‚ÄĚ scale and is the unusual wartime period asymmetrical style called the ‚ÄúGretsch Miracle Neck‚ÄĚ with a Brazilian rosewood fretboard with large block inlays and a width of 1 3/4‚ÄĚ at the nut. The triple-bound peg head is decorated with the words ‚ÄúGretsch‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúSynchromatic‚ÄĚ inlaid in mother-of-pearl script. Other unique Gretsch Synchromatic features are the ‚Äústair-step‚ÄĚ compensated bridge and tailpiece. All hardware is original and gold plated.
This rarely seen instrument is in excellent original condition with some finish wear on the back of the neck. The action is extremely playable and the sound is magnificent.

$4750 with original hard case.

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