Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: O.C. Smith

  1. #1

    Default O.C. Smith

    Has anyone heard of this mandolin? It is probably low end and I think Canadian made. Any info would be apreciated.

    Thanks,

    Karen

  2. #2
    Mando accumulator allenhopkins's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Rochester NY 14610
    Posts
    11,809

    Default Re: O.C. Smith

    You're probably looking at this eBay listing?

    Well, my first reaction was that a $49.95-with-a-case mandolin wasn't made in Canada. but rather far 'cross the blue Pacific. So I went Googling. Li'l trade secret: mandolins are scarce, but guitars are common, so I Googled "O C Smith guitar" and ran across this Acoustic Guitar Forum thread. Apparently O C Smith was a label formerly used by Saga for some Japanese made guitars, which seem to have been decent for their prices. Now the thread associates the brand with Hosco, which is a large Asian supplier of instrument parts, as well as some stringed instruments.

    If the mandolin's new, probably just means that some distributor is continuing to use a former Asian-import label for, well, more Asian imports. I'd be completely surprised if it were Canadian-made.
    Allen Hopkins
    Gibsn: '54 F5 3pt F2 A-N Custm K1 m'cello
    Natl Triolian Dobro mando
    Victoria b-back Merrill alumnm b-back
    H-O mandolinetto
    Stradolin Vega banjolin
    Sobell'dola Washburn b-back'dola
    Eastmn: 615'dola 805 m'cello
    Flatiron 3K OM

  3. #3

    Default Re: O.C. Smith

    Thanks, Allen. Yes that is the one I am looking at. I am looking for a beater and this is near me. I'm not sure if I will go for it or not.

  4. #4
    bon vivant jaycat's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Boston, Mass.
    Posts
    1,588

    Default Re: O.C. Smith

    Wasn't he the guy who sang "Little Green Apples?"
    "The paths of experimentation twist and turn through mountains of miscalculations, and often lose themselves in error and darkness!"
    --Leslie Daniel, "The Brain That Wouldn't Die."

    "The days tell, the years speak, the centuries decide . . ."
    --Chas. Bukowski.

  5. #5
    Mando accumulator allenhopkins's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Rochester NY 14610
    Posts
    11,809

    Default Re: O.C. Smith

    By the way, the case alone could sell new for around $40.
    Allen Hopkins
    Gibsn: '54 F5 3pt F2 A-N Custm K1 m'cello
    Natl Triolian Dobro mando
    Victoria b-back Merrill alumnm b-back
    H-O mandolinetto
    Stradolin Vega banjolin
    Sobell'dola Washburn b-back'dola
    Eastmn: 615'dola 805 m'cello
    Flatiron 3K OM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •