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Homz
Jun-20-2009, 5:18pm
I admit my knowledge on mandolins is weak. I am a guitarist. At a local pawn shop today I purchased a mandolin for $70. Can anyone help me Identify it?
thanks.
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barney 59
Jun-20-2009, 5:55pm
RA-DT maybe RANDT I'd guess BRANDT ---something Brandt---There was a builder Eisenbrandt from Baltimore and a Hillebrandt from NY both would fit into the time frame of that mandolin. Wm Lewis is listed as an instrument maker in Chicago.

Schlegel
Jun-21-2009, 10:13am
Def. by John Brandt, a Chicago luthier circa 1890's. Described to me as "brash sounding" but not in a bad way. More collectable than the average american bowlback on account of the classy aesthetic, but not generally really expensive. I've tried to get them on ebay a few times myself, but I guess I'm too cheap.

Jim Garber
Jun-21-2009, 10:29am
Schlegel is 100% correct. You got a good deal and that bedspread is wild too! The mandolin looks in good shape. How does it play?

Homz
Jun-21-2009, 11:08am
Schlegel is 100% correct. You got a good deal and that bedspread is wild too! The mandolin looks in good shape. How does it play?

I'm not a mandolin player, but what I can do leaves me with the impression that it is brite with more sustain then I would have expected.

Bill Snyder
Jun-21-2009, 11:40am
Since no one else has said it I will. Use light or ultralight strings on it so that it might be around another 100+ years.

Jim Garber
Jun-21-2009, 11:45am
I'm not a mandolin player, but what I can do leaves me with the impression that it is brite with more sustain then I would have expected.

Are you referring to the bedspread or the mandolin? :)

Why would you be surprised as the sustain?

Homz
Jun-21-2009, 9:02pm
Are you referring to the bedspread or the mandolin? :)

Why would you be surprised as the sustain?

Is that back and sides likely to be made of Brazilian rosewood with tortes pick guard.

Homz
Jun-21-2009, 11:05pm
$12000 and it's all yours.

words
Jun-21-2009, 11:55pm
Looks like a real sweetheart, Homz. Clean it up and take care of it.

Bill Snyder
Jun-22-2009, 8:36am
$12000 and it's all yours.

You forgot the :)) .

Homz
Jun-22-2009, 10:00am
Thanks for the info. I'll try to learn to play. If not me my son.

Homz
Jun-25-2009, 2:50pm
Def. by John Brandt, a Chicago luthier circa 1890's. Described to me as "brash sounding" but not in a bad way. More collectable than the average american bowlback on account of the classy aesthetic, but not generally really expensive. I've tried to get them on ebay a few times myself, but I guess I'm too cheap.

I am unable to find anything about John Brandt. Does anyone know of a good site to do some research on my new mandolin?

BTW sorry to be an interloper. I am a frequent poster on the Gibson forum and MyLesPaul forum, but that's all guitar related stuff.

Jim Garber
Jun-25-2009, 2:57pm
Patents:

Brandt violin style headstock mandolin (non bowlback) (http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=I3JXAAAAEBAJ&dq=john+brandt+mandolin)

Brandt violin style headstock (http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=nHNhAAAAEBAJ&dq=john+brandt+mandolin)

Non-Violin headstock (http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=wnE_AAAAEBAJ&dq=john+brandt+mandolin)

Homz
Jun-25-2009, 3:16pm
Thanks, that was pretty cool stuff. Especially the head stock from 1898. Makes me think I've got something special.

atetone
Jun-25-2009, 8:18pm
That is a very nice find for sure.
$70 is a nice touch too!