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    Martin Stillion mrmando's Avatar
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    Default Really interesting A-style on ShopGoodwill

    Stephen Fistor, 1934
    https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/112428574

    There was a Dayton Style B that sold for $687 in the past few days.

    Currently there's also a Gibson A-style with an enormous crack in the back for more than $800. Crazy, man, crazy.
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    Default Re: Really interesting A-style on ShopGoodwill

    I like this part in the description...


    This instrument has not been tested for playability or sound quality.
    Scuffs,discoloration,cracks and dust on instrument and loose threads and scuffing overall on case.

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    ‘ This instrument has not been tested for playability or sound quality.
    Scuffs,discoloration,cracks and dust on instrument and loose threads and scuffing overall on case.’

    -ouch. Yup, all of the above.
    Couldn’t they just say that this lovely mandolin has had a very eventful life?


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    I have a Regal from the early 30s with those tuners, so it may well be from 1934 and has had an eventful life since then, it seems!

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    This instrument has not been tested for playability or sound quality.
    All auctions on SGW have that sort of legalese. Everything on the site is sold as-is. That looks to me to be an amateur build with a handwritten label, perhaps a one-off. It is hard to tell from the photos how much arching is on the top. Here are some pics. Hard to tell what is going on with that wood on the rib.
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    Default Re: Really interesting A-style on ShopGoodwill

    You could always repair that tenor-side rib and the back crack with Bondo or some other quality wood putty!

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    @John, I’m sure your comment is a sneer, but Bondo and similar polyesters make a very good wood repair material; low shrinkage, high strength, good adhesion, takes finish. I’m looking at a theremin I made in HS ca 1961, and the Bondo patch in one place is still looking pretty good! There are reasons repairers favor other materials, but I note that there is no aversion to things like epoxies and CA in places.
    Come to think of it, since I did make that one instrument from the ground up, I may technically be a builder!

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