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    Default Never Returned (Stolen) Brilliantone Mandocello

    Hello All,

    My name is David Betts. Some of you may remember me in my role as Webmaster for the Classical Mandolin Society of America.

    I need your collective help in trying to retrieve a mandocello I foolishly loaned out to a new member of the Munier Mandolin Orchestra a while ago. That is, someone most likely from Pennsylvania or New Jersey. I was in a distracted state the night this occurred and I do not have a clear recollection of who I loaned the instrument to. Mea Culpa.

    In any event, this person vanished and never returned or returned the instrument to me.

    Call me an idiot if you like, but I never thought someone would steal something like this and PLEASE be on the lookout for this instrument, if you would. A reward is available and I will not ask any questions.

    DESCRIPTION: Brilliantone, 1930s? Rosewood sides and back, spruce top, ebony fingerboard? in a newer (Harptone) case. It has a distinctive tailpiece (see photos) below.

    Thank you in advance,

    David
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    Default Re: Never Returned (Stolen) Brilliantone Mandocello

    David, I'm going to share this out on Facebook this evening and tag CMSA and maybe a few orchestras to see if they might be able to assist. I've already scheduled it. The information you've provided here and how you worded it should ensure it stays in Google's search results for the duration which is important in case the instrument is being sold. I'm betting this one can be solved.

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    Default Re: Never Returned (Stolen) Brilliantone Mandocello

    Just a note, that is not an unusual tailpiece. They were used on a few different brands.
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    Is there a roster for the Munier Mandolin Orchestra? Perhaps you could discuss with the orchestra’s director/leader as to who may have taken it. Just a thought or perhaps you have done this already.
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    Not that this makes any difference but these Leland instruments were listed in my 1912 Lyon & Healy catalog so are older than 1930s. I don’t think they made them that late.

    I am hoping someone just forgot it and threw it in a closet though it is a little strange. I don’t ever recall a Leland mandocello for sale anywhere. I wonder if it would help to send out a flyer or call around to music stores in the general area. Hopefully it will show up.

    Here’s the only Leland Brilliantone mandocello that showed up in a quick search, sold sometime ago from a store in Evanston, IL. Looks like a different bridge and tailpiece. https://reverb.com/item/6776217-1920...ontent=6776217
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    Default Re: Never Returned (Stolen) Brilliantone Mandocello

    The tailpiece in David's photo is a replacement tailpiece by Gary Price. These were 1-piece cast, and modeled after banjo tailpieces. I had one on a mandolin for a while, but since the string ends sat on top of the tailpiece, they'd tear up the long sleeve of my shirt (or tear up my skin if I didn't wear long sleeves). I later opted for a newer Price tailpiece that had string hooks on the underside.

    If there are few Leland Brilliantone mandocellos about, there are even fewer with first-generation Price mandolin tailpieces.
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    Default Re: Never Returned (Stolen) Brilliantone Mandocello

    That explains why I couldn't find the one I was looking for. I've seen that tailpiece for years and couldn't remember where I'd seen it.
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    Default Re: Never Returned (Stolen) Brilliantone Mandocello

    Admittedly it's late, I had an exciting gig tonight, a snack, some bourbon and I'm reeallly tired and running on empty...

    but...I just gotta say,

    I get the most warm and fuzzy glow seeing how great a community we have here. How our social media can bring people together and get things done in such a great positive way.

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    I mounted that tailpiece on the instrument about 20 years ago, but I had forgotten it was a Gary Price. And, distinctive in the sense that I suspect not too many mandocelli, let alone Brilliantones have one mounted. Thank you all for your positive words and general good vibe. I am really grateful.

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    David, any news? I hope you've been able to locate your instrument!
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    Default Re: Never Returned (Stolen) Brilliantone Mandocello

    This reminds me of the handmade djembe we loaned to one of the actors in a play my wife wrote nine years ago ... which he never gave back. Now he's apparently left town with it.

    I just realized the djembe is listed on my instrument insurance policy, but for only $200. I don't know if the agency would try to track down the dude (all I have is a photo and an email address) on a claim of that amount, or just cut me a check.
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