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    What's a fair value of a case like this (poor to fair condition)?

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    $125 I would reckon. I paid $175 for my A2 case- early 20s that was in better order. Some have nickel plated catches- mine did- and I think your case does and it has the original handle. Do all the latches clip down, okay? All these things add or subtract to the value- as does a plusher interior. I have filled small gouges on old cases with black Sugru and it makes the case far more presentable and glues down the ragged edges of the covering.

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    If you found a 1919 A-3 for 15 bucks off evilbay, why would you want to sell the original case? If you have a better case to haul your A-3 around in, I'd keep the original case so when you sell "someday" you'll have the original case. I think thats important or are you looking to buy that case for your A-3? I'd say its worth 150 bucks, but with the original mando-you may thank me some day as many want the original cases no matter the condition. And I've seen way worse conditioned cases than yours.

    Just my advice and opinion

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    I must have missed the part about the $15 A-3.....?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Mando View Post
    I must have missed the part about the $15 A-3.....?
    I think it was hypothetical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I think it was hypothetical.
    Ha! It wasn't hypothetical. I did get an A3 off eBay on a "Buy It Now" for $15.

    The case has been in my closet ever since (August of 2018). I'm not much of a hoarder and have never used it. A gentleman posted in the classifieds today that he was looking for one so I figured I would let the case go. I sold it for $150 plus $35 shipping.

    A3 plays great and looks a lot better in it's Hoffee case! I'll never sell it....heck, it was only $15 but I do value your opinion Mr. Smith!

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    Last edited by Chris Gray; Apr-04-2022 at 8:11pm. Reason: 2018...not 2019
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    That's awesome, Chris! When eBay first started, I probably spent about 18 hours a day looking for bargains, misspelled brand names, instruments put in the wrong category, mistakes, etc. While I never found a $15 Gibson, I did find many $300-400 guitars that I was able to resell (on eBay!) for 5 times what I paid. Back then the market was brisk and if you put the time in, you'd find something. It is good to know good deals are still out there!

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    I just saw your posted sweet mandos at the bottom You did good to help a fellow cafe person get a case they wanted bad, so I get why you separated them. I do the same stuff with parts, cases, instruments etc. I just have a thing for originality, I'm no fan of the shaped cases as the peg heads flop around so much "unless extra padding" and they don't really hold no case goodies like an oblong etc. Great score on the A-3! Was it a white "Amana" top?

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    Wow that was an amazing buy! I can understand at a flea market but on eBay? Wow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by William Smith View Post
    Was it a white "Amana" top?
    Yep, white top. It did have a back crack that I had my luthier repair and it's holding up well. I had him refret it too.

    I still crack up that she had it listed as a "1998" because the '98 Gibson Patented Guarantee Sticker
    Chris from Tucson
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