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    Default Seeking one who can repair an antique mandolin in DC/Metro area

    I have a 1920s German Mandolin with a multi-piece back (like a puzzle - very pretty design) It plays well, but I noticed today that the pieces are beginning to get loose and can move (like cracks along the seams) - and I'd like to have it looked at and repaired before they get worse. I tried one local luthier who really beat it up and didn't seem to know how to restore old instruments. Looking for one who has worked with older instruments and can give it the care it deserves. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated (anywhere in US would be great)

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    Default Re: Seeking one who can repair an antique mandolin in DC/Metro ar

    I’ve had some fine work done on my vintage Gibson mandolin collection by Marc Glickman in Frederick, MD. I’m sure he’d be happy to look at your instrument and give you some good advice.

    https://www.facebook.com/Glickman.luthier/

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    The guitar-repair shop at Washington Music Center (Wheaton, MD) is well-run by Andrew Holland. Very fine work on crack repair, neck resets, frets, etc. (Disclaimer, Andrew is a long-time friend of mine.)

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    Default Re: Seeking one who can repair an antique mandolin in DC/Metro ar

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkELynch View Post
    I’ve had some fine work done on my vintage Gibson mandolin collection by Marc Glickman in Frederick, MD. I’m sure he’d be happy to look at your instrument and give you some good advice.

    https://www.facebook.com/Glickman.luthier/

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    Here is another endorsement for Marc Glickman...fine repairs from a fine person.

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    Fine work done for me by Marc Glickman on my Gibson F4 and my 1921 Calace. Recommended without reservation!

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    Default Re: Seeking one who can repair an antique mandolin in DC/Metro ar

    Yogi Judy: why don't you tell us approximately in what area you live?

    It is always better to meet with a luthier in person. You may not want to ship all the way across the country to a fine luthier and then decide that it will cost too much to fix it. Many of us have their favorite folks they like but it is better to go local, of possible.

    I don't know about yours, but most of the ones like the one you describe are not high-end instruments and depending on the work it requires you may not want to spend more on the repairs then what the mandolin it worth.
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    Sounds like you have a laminated back in which the outer lamination includes marquetry -- pieces of different colored wood in an ornamental pattern. Marquetry backs were often found in German instruments.

    If that's the case, a competent instrument repair shop, like the two suggested above, should be easily able to glue down the pieces that are separating. And the mandolin's overall structure will not be too seriously compromised.

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