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    Default Interesting "Pocket" mandolin

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say it's most likely American made. Includes the case. NFI

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-190...gAAOSwRc1ak2u5

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    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    If it's a "pocket" mandolin, why does it need a case?

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    Default Re: Interesting "Pocket" mandolin

    I saw that one and posted it in the thread entitled $300 mandolin where the OP wanted something to carry on his reclining bike treks.

    I would have said German since most of those were but i can see by the hardware how it could be American.
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    Waverly tailpiece and tuners. I'd go with American.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray(T) View Post
    If it's a "pocket" mandolin, why does it need a case?
    A pocket protector might suffice.........

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    Default Re: Interesting "Pocket" mandolin

    I have a German one of these (cf. Jim G's post), and if mine's any indication, it's a novelty item with a very small sound. Even as a "travel" mandolin, likely to be disappointing, acoustically.

    Wonder what the numbers stamped on the brace, visible through the sound hole, signify...?
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    Those numbers remind me of a catalog number and the location is the same as some Sears numbers I've had on instruments although the ones I've seen were penciled.
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    I had one of those of German manufacture many moons ago and heartily concur with Mr. Hopkins that they are disappointing but cute. I like the Seagull S8 if I have to own a cute mandolin.
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    I bet this was made in America by a German immigrant. For those who would like to hear what they sound like here is a link to a sound sample. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEMdZpTw_W4 I made a couple myself which sounded a bit better but not much. I like making them because I can use up bits of nice wood that are too small for anything else. It remains to be seen whether any players will like them enough to put their hand in their pocket . . .

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    Default Re: Interesting "Pocket" mandolin

    Pretty neat for a little guy! Would it be like a salesmen sample? Wow I just looked at the listing and it was sold for what 60 bucks-great score and it was real close to me about 10 miles away in Jamestown NY!

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