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    I am wondering if anyone is familiar with the beautiful Vega model 307 cylinder back Mandola which is on reverb and being sold by Bernuzio's in Rochester, NY? I have sent an inquiry to Bernuzio's but was wondering if anyone previously owned this mandola or knows anything about this instrument. I am familiar with Vega cylinder backs so my question has to do strictly with this specific instrument and it's history. Thank you in advance!

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    14-3/4" scale length seems short for a mandola. Unusual headstock, too. That is a beauty. I wonder who owns it now.
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    It is indeed a beauty. Bernuzio's told me it was sold which is why it was not on their website and they had forgotten to mark it sold on Reverb. I have never seen a real Vega CB mandola- only an exquisitely made replica. The sound of the replica was unforgettable. Had this original not been sold I'd probably be driving to Bernuzio's right now LOL.

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    When I looked last night it said no longer available. Paul Ruppa is an expert on CBs and in the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra there are quite a few players who have them including mandolas, mandocellos and a mandobass. https://www.milwaukeemandolinorchestra.org/

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    I was gonna offer to stop in at John's (he's mostly "by appointment only" for store visits) and give a hands-on evaluation, but it's apparently sold and gone.
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    Well that would have been super! Thank you. I wonder who the lucky new owner is!

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    Well, if I hadn't taken the pledge, it would have been mine the first day it was listed.
    But I held firm, so it's not me.
    And that's a good thing. I just had to put a new roof on my house.
    Wonderful instrument. They didn't make a lot of them.

    One of my old students has one that was converted from a 10 string that he's thinking about letting go. I don't remember for sure, but I think it's mahogany. PM me if you like.

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    There were two style of ten-strings Vega made. One was mandolin scale and one longer mandola scale. I had the mandolin scale one many years ago and it didn’t do it for me. I think the longer scale one was a better instrument.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcc56 View Post
    And that's a good thing. I just had to put a new roof on my house......
    Ha! Me, too. Just last month. I won't be buying any new instruments for awhile, either.

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    Fred Oster has a similar Vega CB mandola (branded Bradbury) on his site here in not as pristine condition or original but a closer-to-earth price. I do love the headstock shape on both of these examples.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I do love the headstock shape on both of these examples.
    Kind of has that Sam Samudio turban thing going on.

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