I have a 1917 F4 currently on 3-day approval. I am not an expert on vintage instruments but I have always wanted an F4 and the price seemed right on this one. However, I have discovered a couple of issue:
1) On the label inside the mandolin I can only make out "F4". It's not clear if anything else was ever written on the label but if so it is completely gone at this point. With no info on the label...how do I know this is a 1917 model?
2) The D, A, E courses are fine but the G course has a buzz from the 5th to12th frets. This F4 has no truss rod and has the original non-adjustable bridge. Should I consider the buzz a deal breaker or is this repairable? My concern here is that if it was fixable...the dealer would have done it already.
Aesthetically this is a beautiful instrument...but I guess that might mean it would be great in a museum but not necessarily to play.
Any advice/suggestions...greatly appreciated.