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    Default Do you live in L.A.? Here's a snakehead A Junior for you!

    Once in a while you see an eBay seller who refuses to ship an item. So if you live in greater Los Angeles, this may interest you; if not, well, you're stuck.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/C1924-VINTAG...YAAOSwvflZPLRW
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    Well, I guess I could have my "agent" pick it up for me...............if it goes cheap enough.

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    wish i had an agent in la

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    Dang. Only $610. I could probably have gotten a cheap flight to one of four airports within 35 miles of this mandolin and still be under market.
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    Well, I scored this one. I'll report back here when I lay hands on it. Btw, what would you say is market value for it? I'm surmising it's a 1925, from looking at The Archive.

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    Default Re: Do you live in L.A.? Here's a snakehead A Junior for you!

    The serial number alone would suggest 1928.

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    Oh! Can you fill me in on deciphering the serial number (I'm sure this is well explained elsewhere). I'm looking at the sequence of listed A-Jr.s, and it fits in as a '25 or '26.

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    Joe Spann (Spann's Guide to Gibson 1902-1941) contains a list of serial numbers and that of yours falls neatly in 1928. When the thing arrives, have a look inside; up by the neck block, and there should be a "Factory Order Number" stamped there from which it should be possible to confirm the year.

    The nearest one to yours in the "Archive", 82732, has a shipment date from 1828 (I said serial number "alone" my previous post) the FON construction date may well be earlier; possibly a year or two.

    Ajr 82703 was also shipped in 1928.

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    The Archive is confusing because for many instruments it has older "traditional" date estimates—based on lists that were published before Spann's book—as well as Spann's estimates, which can differ by a couple of years. It used to be an article of faith that snakehead production stopped in 1926, but then along came Spann with new information suggesting that the last of the snakeheads were shipped in 1928.

    Take, for example, this listing:

    http://www.mandolinarchive.com/gibson/serial/83001

    The first two lines of data read:
    1926 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
    1928 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
    Obviously both of those dates can't be right. Most experts, while they might stop short of endorsing every detail of Spann's new lists, agree that his research represents a major step forward in dating systems.
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    As to the question of value: it's certainly worth more than $610. A fully original, clean snakehead Ajr with hardshell case can bring $1,500. But this one has no case, and in place of the 1-piece bridge and cloud tailpiece, it has the 2-piece bridge and "The Gibson" long tailpiece typical of fancier snakeheads. While the nonstandard hardware might well be considered an upgrade, it probably isn't original, which detracts from any collector cachet the instrument might have. So, probably $1,100 to $1,200. If you're able to find a period hardshell case, it might bring the value up to $1,300 or so, not accounting for any repairs it might need.
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    it does have a nice pick guard that looks origonal and tail piece. these are often replacement. a pick guard like that would go for quite a bit on ebay just solf separately. there fore it should be worth 1200 usd easy. and they are going up .

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