I'm new to the mandolin world. I've been looking for something to get me going and had a rough idea what I was looking for. That being said, I just picked up one the other day.
It's old but seems to play well and has great tone. It's made with all the right stuff (Spruce top and Maple everything else). It came in a Gibson rectangular case (not that I think that's what it is). There is a cracked piece on the headstock. It's not cracked all the way off and I think it would be fairly easy to repair. Other than that, just some scratches and age related wear.
The problem is I have no idea who made it. There is nothing on the headstock and no marking that I can see in through the sound holes. I certainly don't think that it's anything spectacular, but it's nice enough for me (for now).
If anyone can identify it, I think it would help me decide which direction to go as far as any modification / restoration. One thing I don't want to do is mess up a nice instrument. If it is a dime a dozen mandolin, I'll fix it up the way I want and forget any historical value.
I do know that the previous owner had changed the tuners and the bridge.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!