Thought you all might be interested in the following-
A friend of mine who lives in Maine (I'm in Michigan) emailed me to tell me about an all-original 1914 blackface F-2 in great shape that he purchased from Gryphon. I replied that I, too, had an all-original 1914 blackface F-2 in great shape, purchased about a year ago from Elderly.
So of course we compared the numbers. Lo and behold, the Factory Order Numbers on the neck blocks are identical and the serial numbers on the labels are consecutive!
He'll be visiting at some time in the future, and comparing the mandos is definitely on the agenda. Both are well played and minus any structural repairs, so it should be apples and apples. Plus we'll get some neat photos.