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  1. Re: Gibson A-4 (1915/1917)óWorth it to repair, or just return?

    Ditto.
    To me, it would show a complete lack of respect for an instrument with an unusually fine finish.
    The instrument can be repaired. Fix it, sell it as-is, or return to sender. Please don't...
  2. Re: Gibson A-4 (1915/1917)óWorth it to repair, or just return?

    Surely would be a bummer to make this wind up in the scrap heap! I hate to see historic items wasted for parts value and then they are GONE!
  3. Re: Gibson A-4 (1915/1917)óWorth it to repair, or just return?

    Allen, I think we are in the same wavelength, unless there are some WAY more serious issues than are visible from the pictures, Iíd do the restoration! You will end up with something special! If it...
  4. Re: Gibson A-4 (1915/1917)óWorth it to repair, or just return?

    I'd take it here, Music Emporium in Lexington, get a good solid repair estimate, before making a final decision. Great "bones" to this instrument, needs some serious TLC, would part it out only as a...
  5. Re: Gibson A-4 (1915/1917)óWorth it to repair, or just return?

    The thing is readily restorable. As for its tone, in this condition I would not pass judgement on what it really sounds like. It needs work to make it playable, THEN tone assessment can be honestly...
  6. Re: Gibson A-4 (1915/1917)óWorth it to repair, or just return?

    For me the Big Question would be: how does it sound? The tone is real variable on those old A’s – some are incredible, others not so much – and if it’s got the sound that speaks to you, I’d say it’s...
  7. Re: Gibson A-4 (1915/1917)óWorth it to repair, or just return?

    Thanks rcc56, I get lonely when I’m banished to my corner for too long!
    And I agree, do NOT do or, have mammy made repairs performed on this fine old instrument! Have repairs done properly by a...
  8. Re: Gibson A-4 (1915/1917)óWorth it to repair, or just return?

    Please don't take a shade-tree fix-it approach to a mandolin as nice as this one. Doing so might only cause the damage to progress or cause new problems.

    For example:

    The dowel might cause a...
  9. Re: Gibson A-4 (1915/1917)óWorth it to repair, or just return?

    I have worked on many of these old Gibsons and am familiar with most of the problems they are subject to.
    We won't send Timbofood to his room for this one. His advice is very good.

    Without...
  10. Re: Gibson A-4 (1915/1917)óWorth it to repair, or just return?

    You will likely have $500-$1,000 in the amount of time the Mandolin looks like it might need. I strongly suggest that you “Get thee to a luthier” and see what an in hand inspection by someone that...
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