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    Hey there fellow Mandolin aficionados!

    A friend of mine just recommended me to this site because I have a very old Turkish mandolin that I'm wanting to get some more information on. I bought it about 2 years ago in an antique shop in Taksim square and had some guitar guys somewhat fix it up, put on a few new strings but they weren't able to tell me much about it.

    The wood is solid and the tone is dark and buttery. It's a beautiful instrument who I've decided to name the only turkish name I could pronounce: Chalayan.

    Here are some photos, I'd love to hear your thoughts about when you think it was made, how much you think it might be worth, and anything else you can tell me. Thanks!


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    Default Re: Antique Turkish Mandolin - Want to know more!

    complimenti. to my inexperienced eye it looks french - made by a turkish luthier, possibly trained in france or at the very least, a french mandolin sold by a music shop in istanbul. lovely purfling. i would guess it was made in the 1920's. any chance of a sound sample?

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    Sure thing!

    Here's a sound sample: https://soundcloud.com/lily-virginia...sample/s-KAUHK

    Let me know what you think.

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    Default Re: Antique Turkish Mandolin - Want to know more!

    Quote Originally Posted by billkilpatrick View Post
    complimenti. to my inexperienced eye it looks french - made by a turkish luthier, possibly trained in france or at the very least, a french mandolin sold by a music shop in istanbul. lovely purfling. i would guess it was made in the 1920's. any chance of a sound sample?
    I would make close to the same guess as Bill's. This was prob imported into Istanbul to this music store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilyvirginia View Post
    Sure thing!

    Here's a sound sample: https://soundcloud.com/lily-virginia...sample/s-KAUHK

    Let me know what you think.
    sounds great - not at all how i imagined it would. following you on soundcloud now - i expect we'll hear great things!

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    Lily: that tune you played almost sounds Chinese? Is it?

    https://soundcloud.com/lily-virginia/mandolin-sample/s-KAUHK
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    Default Re: Antique Turkish Mandolin - Want to know more!

    Thanks Bill!

    I mostly use soundcloud for hosting private music but you can check out my work on my website here: lilyvirginia.com - I'd love to hear what you think! (The first song is from my upcoming debut EP).

    Lastly, do you know what price a mandolin like mine would fetch? I've had a few offers but have never been very interested cuz I'm pretty attached but it would be good to know. Thanks!

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    Hey Jim,

    I have no idea. I just made it up so I could get the different sounds throughout the neck of the mandolin however on this instrument I do find myself playing more eastern influenced melodies for some reason!

    Lily

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilyvirginia View Post
    Lastly, do you know what price a mandolin like mine would fetch? I've had a few offers but have never been very interested cuz I'm pretty attached but it would be good to know. Thanks!
    I would not expect that you would get much for it. It is not in great condition at least cosmetically, a couple of the tuner buttons are replaced -- I also can't quite tell whether the back was completely replaced but it is not fine wood in any case. A couple of hundred dollars would prob be generous IMHO.

    Don't worry too much about value esp if you are not selling it.
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    whoa! - great stuff! mega complimenti!

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    Thanks Jim!

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    Default Re: Antique Turkish Mandolin - Want to know more!

    Thanks so much Bill!

    Please follow me on Facebook (facebook.com/lilyvirginiamusic) or Twitter: @lilyvirginia - if you do those sorts of things so I can let you know when I release more music. I'd love to keep you in the loop.

    Thanks again for everything

    Lily

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