Re: Martin model 15
According to Mike Longworth's Martin Guitars: A History (p.88), the Style 15 was first made in 1929, and first cataloged in 1930. It was made until 1941. In the 1930 catalog, its price was $50, but this fell to $40 in 1932 (Depression times!), then rose again to $45 in 1935 and stayed there until they stopped making them.
Longworth lists 208 Style 15's made during that period; high was 51 in 1930. In 1941, the last year, 15 were made.
If your mandolin was made in 1934, its serial number should be between 15528 and 15729. Thirty-six Style 15's were made in 1934.
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