Tony Williamson and I have been trading emails and he sent over a bunch of content for me to post as he doesn't have some of the image editing tools at hand. He recently had the pleasure of working with 1923 Gibson F-5 #72212, a Lloyd Loar signed mandolin that was known to exist but had not been photographed for documentation.
Tony's email to me for reference:
Scott, I have taken possession of 1923 Gibson F-5 #72212 after having been asked by the family to open the case and bring it out to play for the first time in 50 years. For me this is one of the major events of my life, and I hope to share it with your readers. After quite a bit of TLC on behalf of our friend Lynn Dudenbostel and myself, we now have it up and running and have recorded the first performance in video with the same high quality audio I used in my recent CD.
I also have it described on the instrument list: http://www.mandolincentral.com/instlist.html
I have hundreds of photos of the process from closet to studio, including detailed documentation of the time it spent on Lynn’s bench (thanks Lynn!!!).
Note in the video Tony refers to the serial as #72112, but #72212 is actually the correct number.
More pictures follow...