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Jim Garber
Sep-28-2020, 12:15pm
As many of you folks know, I am very fond of oddball instruments. My friend and excellent luthier, Joel Eckhaus (Earnest Instruments) has a geographical connection to the maker who worked in the early part of the last century. Joel bought and restored one of these oddball mandolins made by John Henry Parker. Joel wrote an article in Fretboard Journal (https://www.fretboardjournal.com/features/tale-two-luthiers-john-henry-parker-and-joel-eckhaus/) a few years ago.

A mandolin by this maker just showed up on eBay and I scored it yesterday. I am currently waiting for the seller to ship it to Joel who very graciously agreed to restore it.

It looks it is missing one fretboard inlay and has some loose binding in multiple places. I am hoping that structurally it is OK. This one doesn't have a label inside or a Bandola plate on the headstock.

I think Joel's mandolin was originally discussed on this thread (https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/32833-A-pair-of-curiosities)in 2007.

And an octave mandolin version is discussed in this thread (https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/42050-Calvert-parker-quot-the-peerless-quot-mandola-1918) from 2008.

The patent from 1894 is below.

Nevin
Sep-28-2020, 2:38pm
That is very cool. I believe some early Orville Gibson guitars also played around with having the sound box extend further up the neck. Something in the air?

Jim Garber
Oct-01-2020, 10:42am
The Bandola mandolin did not travel too far from its birthplace so Joel was able to pick it up from the seller. Here is mine and his. Mine is mahogany body, his is rosewood. His has "The Bandola" badge on the headstock and a label from the maker. Mine has neither and two less fretboard inlays.

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Sue Rieter
Oct-01-2020, 11:37am
As many of you folks know, I am very fond of oddball instruments. My friend and excellent luthier, Joel Eckhaus (Earnest Instruments) has a geographical connection to the maker who worked in the early part of the last century. Joel bought and restored one of these oddball mandolins made by John Henry Parker. Joel wrote an article in Fretboard Journal (https://www.fretboardjournal.com/features/tale-two-luthiers-john-henry-parker-and-joel-eckhaus/) a few years ago.

Jim, Thanks for posting the link to that article. I enjoyed reading about the history of your "garlic bulb" mandolin, all of which took place pretty close to my neck of the woods.

Sue

Jim Garber
Oct-01-2020, 2:10pm
Yes, garlic bulb mandolin. I haven't met it yet (and it may be a while) but when I do I would think a spicy Italian mazurka would be an appropriate tune to play on it. :)

mjbee
Oct-14-2020, 10:34pm
Ah, the other bidder! Congrats, sorry if I drove the price up! Looks very cool: please let us know how it sounds. Glad it's gone to a good home....

Jim Garber
Oct-15-2020, 6:23am
No worries, mjbee. It didn’t need too much luthier TLC. And DePaule Supply had a pre-cut pearl inlay in stock that was very close to what was there originally at the fifth fret. That is on its way to Joel now.