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MojoMando
Mar-07-2015, 11:42am
This ebay listing is certainly different.

Link to ebay listing. (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-20s-30s-Frank-Benko-Mandolin-and-case-with-4-packs-old-gibson-strings-/151609789459?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item234ca5cc13)

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Timbofood
Mar-07-2015, 12:31pm
This one is under discussion in the other thread, interesting history. It under Benko F-5 in eBay heading.

allenhopkins
Mar-07-2015, 12:37pm
Link to related thread. (http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/showthread.php?114073-Frank-Benko-F5-copy) Estimate there, based on the address on its label, is that it was made before 1952.

ollaimh
Mar-08-2015, 11:53am
I think it's from around 1940, when benko first came to montreal. he was in Toronto in the fifties. thst looks like it's older both in style and condition. I have palyer a couple of benkos. As all, great mandolins. see the bemko article at the 12th fret.

mrmando
Mar-08-2015, 4:24pm
The earliest F5 copy is a mandolin by Joe Wilson dated 1934.

Jim Garber
Mar-08-2015, 9:16pm
Sorry, Martin... The earliest known F5 copy is a mandolin by Joe Wilson dated 1934. We still haven't found an earlier one yet. :)

MikeEdgerton
Mar-08-2015, 9:23pm
Don't forget those "employee's own instruments" made by the janitor at Gibson the month after Loar got fired at the Christmas party.

mrmando
Mar-08-2015, 9:35pm
Sorry, Martin... The earliest known F5 copy is a mandolin by Joe Wilson dated 1934. We still haven't found an earlier one yet. :)
I have a dead cat here in a box. Or it might be alive.

Jim Garber
Mar-08-2015, 10:53pm
I have a dead cat here in a box. Or it might be alive.
Yes! My point exactly!

Russ Donahue
Mar-09-2015, 7:14pm
I have a dead cat here in a box. Or it might be alive.

Was its name Loar by any chance? Might be worth some cash. I saw one once on the Antiques Road Show.............................................. .................................................. ....