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Ephraim
Dec-16-2004, 12:00pm
On page 7 of the June 2004 issue of Mandolin Quarterly, Mick Moloney mentions a "Banjo-mandolin" in his interview with Terry Pender. While visiting family/friends over Thanksgiving, somebody pulled this old thing out of the closet and said it came from England. I snapped a picture. Does anybody know if this is what Moloney was talking about?

s1m0n
Dec-16-2004, 6:00pm
That's a banjo-mandolin, english-style. American versions tended to have larger heads and brackets on the outside of the rim, unlike the english versions, which (as in this picture) had a smooth-sided wooden body with a skin set into the top.

PaulD
Dec-20-2004, 6:24pm
Do a search on eBay:
Gibson Banjolin (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=623&item=3769786572&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW), UK Banjolin (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=10179&item=3768569582&rd=1), 2nd Gibson (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=10179&item=3770762403&rd=1), Washburn (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=308&item=3769087857&rd=1)

I like eBay as a source for pics of odd ball items. The 2 Gibsons are current auctions so you should be able to hit them. The other 2 are completed so you may need to have an account and be signed in. The 2nd Gibson is a nice one, but I don't know what they should sell for so it may not be a bargain.

Paul Doubek