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carleshicks
Feb-20-2009, 10:13am
I found this Picture at my mom's last week. it is me and Tony when i was 15. I bought the 1977 f-5 from him that I am holding for $2,000, but i could have bought the 1957 f-5 that he is holding for $3,000. Hind sight is 20-20. This was at merel festi n 1995

pjlama
Feb-20-2009, 10:15am
Cool pic, I hate hind sight :)

Mandolusional
Feb-20-2009, 6:34pm
That's a fun photo, you should send that to Tony too!

carleshicks
Feb-20-2009, 8:39pm
I will. the real kicker is that a guy was selling a Gilchrist for $4500 that Day but i had to have a Gibson. But at fifteen the diference between $2000 and $4500 was alot.

chasray
Feb-20-2009, 8:45pm
I will. the real kicker is that a guy was selling a Gilchrist for $4500 that Day but i had to have a Gibson. But at fifteen the diference between $2000 and $4500 was alot.

I'm 57 and it's still alot of difference :)

f5loar
Feb-22-2009, 3:20am
Reminds me of when I was 15 I wanted to upgrade from the used Gibson '58 A50 my mother got me to a new fancy F model Gibson. I worked all summer and saved up about $300. Roger Sprung came by my house on the way to Galax Fiddler's Convention and had me 2 new Gibsons to pick from: A '64 F12 for $425 and a '64 A5 for $265.
Well I only had enough for the A5 but sure wished I had saved enough for the big F12. Still got that little A5 and it's worth a few thousand today. The F12 would have been worth a thousand more. "I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now." (Bob Dylan,1966).
I remember that year at MerleFest when Tony had those 2 for sale. You should have gotten the '57. Big difference there.

carleshicks
Feb-22-2009, 9:44am
Tony was great. I played the mando on the first day of the festival and he let me keep it over night to make up my mind. he never even asked my name or asked for a deposit he just trusted me. that sold the mando more than anything. It was definelty a happy day. Chris Thile was there and we had hung out at winfield a few months before and he told me that my mando looked like an eclipse. those 70's F-5's sure were ugly.

Bernie Daniel
Feb-22-2009, 11:56am
carleshicks: those 70's F-5's sure were ugly.

Hi -- not sure why you think that! Really.

I had a 1972 F-12 that was postively beautiful (IMO)-- not soundwise of course.

But Gibson had gone back to the slim profile headstock, it was bound all around top, back and headstock. It had a beautiful rosewood veener on the headstock to match the rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Also they were given a final coat of a carmel colored finish that made all the binding look yellowed and old. They even came with a pickguard. The F-5 had ebony and the flowerpot instead of rosewood and the fluer.

Here it is my old '72 how can you call this ugly! :)