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    Default Goldfinger's 1920s Mandolin Surfaces in Florida

    This old flat top looks to be a 1920s Harmony made instrument- most likely for a mail order firm such as Sears, Roebuck. This one really has the glitz. Sadly, the board, which is cracked is probably ebonized maple or poplar. The finish which looks like rosewood is most likely faux but I cannot be sure. The instrument looks a bit desiccated, with rust on the frets but it is quite an eyeful- what with the guardplate- which may be broken, and the rest of the ornamentation. There was a time when I would go for it but I am better able to resist this sort of temptation and I am playing long scale mandolins now and don't want to be backsliding to lower string tension etc! It might be a player of sorts but it is not fully strung up, so that would be the acid test.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Tra...122e%7Ciid%3A1

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    Default Re: Goldfinger's 1920s Mandolin Surfaces in Florida

    $100 starting bid and the neck is either warped or needs a reset. No, thanks. All that glitters is not gold...
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    Yes, Jim, that neck may even have a bit of a twist to it and it is not even strung up but it really is one of the blingiest flat tops I have seen in quite a while! If it was $50 it would be worth it for the tailpiece cover- they have been going for very high prices of late. If the mandolin was okay- and it probably is not then you might get a bonus mandolin for the price of the tailpiece which I have done on three occasions! I bought a job lot of stuff last week- tuners, bridge, tailpiece and a pickguard I had been looking for for three years for such a pickguard, so I now also have all the tailpieces I need. I don't suppose I will stop looking as it is now a habit and I see wonders like this as I search!

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