Re: Difference between early Lyon & Healys vs. "Washburn"/later L
In the appendix in Keef's book, he lists 'production totals…based on serialization data' for the 1935-40 era as being 300 total, 60 per year. The text implies that he is referring to A-C models, but doesn't reference the Washburn versions of these specifically. Not sure if the 'serialization' includes the non-carved top Tonk/Washburn mandolins as well.
Originally Posted by Jim Garber
"It is likely that in spite of the various mandolin styles advertised in the Washburn section of the Tonk Bros. catalogs throughout the 1930s, actual sales must have been marginal during this period as only a few mandolins from this period have surfaced."
Ah, Jill, it seems you posted a link to images of the 5283 while I was typing. Thanks! Here is an undated Washburn A with what appears to be a modified or replacement pick guard and also an image of the Washburn from the RetroFret site for thread posterity.
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