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    Hello again, all - I just wanted to jump in briefly to follow up on my previous posting.

    First, the purchaser of the Loar instrument has already been kind enough to reach out for me, and I will, in fact, be providing them with whatever information and documents I have relating to my "Great Uncle Joe" (man, how I wish I could have known my Grandfather and his brother - from everything I've heard, they were real hoots - kind of the "hipsters" of their era, if you will - oh, well).

    Second, I've enjoyed reading all your posts. The amount of detailed knowledge that you all have regarding these fine instruments is astounding. As you might imagine, I had very mixed feelings about selling these instruments. The older I got, though, the more I realized that the best way to TRULY honor my Great Uncle and these instruments, was to get the instruments into the hands of individuals who have the knowledge and skill to really appreciate them and bring them back to life. And the more I read your posts, the more I realized that I had made the right decision. Thank you for that.

    Lastly, to answer Bob Clark's question, yes, I have considered learning how to play a mandolin. I've plunked around with guitars most of my life, and my son has also shown an interest in stringed instruments, so perhaps little bits of Great Uncle Joe are still floating around somewhere. Who knows? And after all, aren't we approaching the 100th birthdays of the Rybka Mandolin and the Rybka Mandola? Hmmm..... something for me to ponder, I suppose.

    Take care, and happy holidays to all. Jim Rybka

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    As per promise I will try to post some pics of the binding which to me appears very tortoise ish.... judge for your self
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    Default Re: Undocumented Loar? Gibson Style H-5 Mandol

    Very Nice, Real strange looking binding, very unlike the "tortoise type binding seen on some of the F-2's?" Can't believe how cheap that baby sold for, someone got a deal! NICE!
    Also how about the 24 F-4 with virzi with a Loar F-5 green lined case that was in the same auction and practically given away

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    Default Re: Undocumented Loar? Gibson Style H-5 Mandol

    Quote Originally Posted by JFDilmando View Post
    As per promise I will try to post some pics of the binding which to me appears very tortoise ish.... judge for your self
    That looks like oxidized finish (interaction with case) or starting binding rot. Or someone put some kind ofo wax or polish that reacted with the finish.
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    Default Re: Undocumented Loar? Gibson Style H-5 Mandol

    Looks to me like it just needs a little TLC, it’s not tortoise binding, that makes no sense to me at all. Just discolored.
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    Default Re: Undocumented Loar? Gibson Style H-5 Mandol

    The binding on the "First Loar" June 1 1922 has the same discoloration. Gilchrist told me he felt it was caused by some type of solvent used to "clean the mandolin". The discoloration is not just on the surface, but is all the way through the binding.

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