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    This Kerman mandolin in the classifieds certainly belongs in this thread although I have a feeling it will show up elsewhere as well. I have never seen one sold used. I donít think Aria Kerman made many of them to begin with but IIRC new they were going for about $7000 a few years ago. $21K seems a bit steep but these have a holy grail quality since most seem to be in virtuoso Israeli hands and I believe that AK is no longer making them, I thinkÖ

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    It has been suggested I post up this mandolin- an early 1900s Oscar Schmidt "Tremolina" a very rare and innovative design that did not catch on- there is more about that in the thread below: https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...midt-Tremolina

    Here are some photos from the eBay auction and three after I had worked on it but they are a bit on the small side! Only three appear to be known about at the current time- one was probably not ever going to play- the other shown at the link, which is not such high quality- no binding and not rosewood may be a player now.

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    Here's an interesting flatback, of note at least to me.

    A Leland "Brilliantone" which looks distinctly different from the many we have seen here, and the eight or so of them that I own.

    I've remained pretty convinced that the Lelands I have were Vega made despite the persistent rumors about them being Larson.

    I won't go into that again here, but this Brilliantone doesn't match with the catalog photos that Diego G and others have posted here (and are in Keef's book).

    The headstock is different, back detailing, scratchplate and likely bridge position (the Vega smoking gun.)

    The visible sliver of the label that shows appears to be different as well.

    Wondering where this might have fit into evolution of the line / brand.


    I've got a couple Wurlitzer 'Brilliantones' which are essentially identical to the Vega "Leland" ones but for one with a mahogany back (which sounds like it)

    Do I need another? Sure I do, but the $499 price tag on this one is a bit steep for me to simply check it out.

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