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grandmainger
Dec-22-2005, 7:03am
I'm so happy! They are so pretty! http://www.grandmainger.com/avatars/smileys/wub.gif
http://www.grandmainger.com/handel.jpg

JEStanek
Dec-22-2005, 8:58am
Very nice. What are you gonna put them on... The IV kit? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif Those are pretty enough just to showcase in a shadow box.

Jamie

Lane Pryce
Dec-22-2005, 10:03am
Very nice!! Lp

Michael Gowell
Dec-22-2005, 10:48am
Beautiful! #If it's not impolite to ask, what was your source & cost? #[If it is impolite, I apologize & just ignore this.]

MML
Dec-22-2005, 11:20am
My guess would be the ones that just sold on e-bay, very nice, and the price was good too.

mandopete
Dec-22-2005, 11:38am
Kinda funny lookin' scrolls...

mmukav
Dec-22-2005, 1:09pm
Hey, it's not even Christmas yet!

(gorgeous tuners!) http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

b.pat
Dec-22-2005, 1:54pm
Germain,

Those are beautiful. Are they going on your Arches black face ?

Merry Xmass

Pat

woodysny
Dec-22-2005, 5:42pm
These would look very nice on my present to myself

grandmainger
Dec-22-2005, 6:50pm
Pat and Jamie: no, they're going on the eventually-to-be-done mandolin number 2. It's still in wood picking stage!

Woody: tough luck, they're for an A!!! otherwise, I would have given them to you of course...

Michael: as Mike guessed, they are the one recently sold on eBay (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7373244079). A good price, though no bargain, and a superb seller.

Thanks for the comments everyone, the tuners are great, really nice.

Germain

jefflester
Dec-22-2005, 9:21pm
Are you singing Handel's Messiah in celebration? #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Professor PT
Dec-23-2005, 2:06am
I'm surprised someone hasn't done a repro of these tuners since they're so popular...maybe Bruce Wei is gearing up as we speak.

phiddlepicker
Dec-24-2005, 12:34pm
Sweet...another reminder that maybe I shouldn't have sold my F-4. I swear the MAS doesn't bother me as much as the pain of selling an instrument.....lol
I hope we get to see what you install these on.

SAMLEE
Jan-09-2006, 7:40pm
Curious, what did you pay for um? Congrats!

Jim Broyles
Jan-09-2006, 10:08pm
SAMLEE, click the link in grandmainger's last post.

Bill Halsey
Jan-09-2006, 11:10pm
Lovely, Grandmainger! One of the many reasons I pack away those 'teens A-4s & Fs. Can't get enough of 'em.

Ken Sager
Jan-09-2006, 11:48pm
That looks like quite a bargain to me. I've seen standard vintage A tuners sell for more than that, but not the inlaid Handel's that cheap. Very cool. Melancholy sets in thinking about what became of the poor 1915 A4 that gave them up.

Cheers to keeping the old gears working, though.
Best,
Ken

grandmainger
Jan-10-2006, 3:31am
Dave, I paid $150 + S&H.

Ken, they were cheap, but they are not in very good condition. The mouse gnawing damage to 2 buttons is more obvious than the photos suggest, and there is quite a bit of slippage on all 8 gears, though that may be fixed. There is also a fair amount of corrosion of the posts, though nothing structural. My maximum bid was $200, and I honestly think that $200-$250 would have been very representative of their condition... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

As for their origin: the seller bought a well-battered A4 rescued from a flood, and stripped it of the original parts to raise cash for the necessary body repairs.

I'm very happy with them, and might send them to Blake Robson (http://www.blakerobsontuningmachines.co.uk/) for a full service... I think they deserve a little TLC http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Germain

Yellowmandolin
Jan-10-2006, 6:34am
I gotta say, the picture you took of it is superb. Great catch and good luck getting them back to working condition.