View Full Version : Anybody recognize this mandola?

Jan-01-2009, 10:20am
http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-MANDOLA_W0QQitemZ290286182741QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH _DefaultDomain_0?hash=item290286182741&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C 240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

Bill Snyder
Jan-01-2009, 10:37am
At 24" long and 9 + inches wide I would think it is most likely a mandolin and not a mandola.
Really need to know the scale length to be certain.

Jan-01-2009, 3:59pm
Might be a Stromberg/Voisinet, predating the Kay brand ... but in any case I agree it does not look like a mandola.

Jan-01-2009, 4:56pm
Stromberg-Voisinet here (http://web.mac.com/ironbear_/bearpawfiddles/More_Mandolins.html) (scroll down) with the same body shape, simpler headstock profile, less ornamentation, for $500.

Manufacturer seems pretty well ID'ed. Vintage of the S-V listed as "c. 1920"; whether that's accurate or not, who knows? I'd guess a bit later.

Richard Singleton
Jan-01-2009, 11:06pm
Hi, I had him measure the scale length for me and it came to mando scale length. He has added a note that folks are telling him it is a mandolin.

Bill Snyder
Jan-02-2009, 12:04am
now don't any of ya'll bid on this. If my bid holds out for three more days it will be mine for $36.00. :disbelief:
I know. Ain't gonna happen, but I can always try. :)

Jan-02-2009, 8:02am
You've got my word Bill, I won't bid on it. As for the rest of these maniacs, they've all got Mas. There's a chance they might still jump in. :)

Richard Singleton
Jan-02-2009, 6:52pm
Bill, You're safe with me! I was only going to bid if it was a mandola. Good luck!

Jan-02-2009, 7:06pm
Up to $51, but I swear it wasn't me. I hearby pledge not to bid on this instrument.

Bill Snyder
Jan-03-2009, 12:11am
Go for it.
I set my budget for this real low.~:>

Jan-03-2009, 12:28pm
Not my cup o' tea either. Now, if it were a bowl-back mandocello...

Bill Snyder
Jan-04-2009, 10:05pm
Bump. If anybody else is interested they need to bid soon. Auction is over in two hours.

Jan-04-2009, 10:18pm
Not bidding either, but up to $58 (most action in an ebay auction happens in the last hour). If you win please post on the sound and condition. I would say $70 is worth a good story or a mando to practice refurbing.

Good Luck.

Richard Singleton
Jan-05-2009, 12:19am
Hi, It went for $160.73. For those curious. (No, I didn't bid)

Jan-05-2009, 10:48am
dang, it's a pretty little thing....even without bein cleaned up.

barney 59
Jan-06-2009, 12:47am
It's a Kay but not a mandola---They are kind of big and chunky with a deep body which would maybe be the reason for the confusion.