I've just borrowed a set of ten old copies of the BMG (banjo mandolin and guitar in the UK) Magazine from 1951 and 1952 from a friend in our ensemble and was surprised to see that virtually the entire mandolin content in that particular year was given over to a series of detailed articles describing a "revolutionary new mandolin" design proposed and built by one Harry H. Garmont of Saint Augustine, Florida. Now, I have never heard of Garmont, or his mandolins, and from the articles it seems as if he may only ever have built two prototypes. Has anybody here heard of them, or know whether these still exist?
I'm posting this in the builders forum, rather than the "info about mandolins" forum, as I thought that the drawings at least might have a certain curiosity value. Garmont clearly didn't believe in keeping any feature of traditional designs if he can redesign it. Quite a lot of hype in the descriptions ("Its tone is, note for note, more soprano-like and more powerful than a genuine Guarnerius violin", for example), but it's difficult to evaluate whether there is any genuinely interesting substance, too.
Here is a photo of Garmont, with one of his prototypes. Looks more like a mandola from its body size, but the article says it's 13"7/8 scale.