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    Here's my Eclipse V8, waiting for my camera to charge to get a photo of the serial number.

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    Hans sure did make some nice mandolins. I played a PML recently and it is one serious F5. I'll see if I can dig up the pics of the two that I owned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trevor View Post
    Here's my Eclipse V8, waiting for my camera to charge to get a photo of the serial number.
    Exceptionally beautiful Trevor! I added it, but the serial number will make a big difference. Is it the only Eclipse V8?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhduncan View Post
    I went to a pickin party last night and there were TWO Brentrup F-5C's! They were awesome, too!
    Hi John,

    I would love to track down the serial numbers. If you know the players let them know about the registry, or jot down the numbers if you can. A typical F5-C number should look like "F5-C 60809"

    Thanks, Larry

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    As far as I know its the only V8, but Hans did work hard to persuade me that this, even more squashed version, was the one to go for not the same as the earlier one - and I'm glad he did - therefore there may have been a previous version... The sound is remarkable, I am not one - usually - for saying that a particular maker or brand has an identifiable sound but with Hans I think this is the case. Of course its hard to describe but here goes... its.. creamy is the word that comes to mind.. in the mid range, very rich and full but with great definition ans separation.. help..

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    Looks nice Larry, keep at it!
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    Two more photos.



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    I want that mandolin. I know, I know...but I still want it.
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    I own a fairly standard A model. A 21. Serial # 406114 I. It's a dark chocolate brown with a radiused fretboard. It's my only mandolin with a pickup installed. And yes I love it. I received it on May 17th of 2006 and it's a keeper. I haven't played it a lot this year since I got my F from Will Kimble - but I can't imagine selling it.
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    Hi Trevor,

    Fascinating! Looks like 810256, which would mean signed August, 2010, 256th instrument Hans built. If that sounds right you now hold the record for last mandolin built until someone else steps forward to refute your title. You got Hans at the absolute peak of his skills.

    Do you know the tone woods? I would guess Italian Spruce and maybe Sugar Maple?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    I own a fairly standard A model. A 21. Serial # 406114 I. It's a dark chocolate brown with a radiused fretboard. It's my only mandolin with a pickup installed. And yes I love it. I received it on May 17th of 2006 and it's a keeper. I haven't played it a lot this year since I got my F from Will Kimble - but I can't imagine selling it.
    Hi Wesley,

    I also own a rather plain M21, and love it too. It also has a pickup installed (K&K Twin).

    Would you happen to have any pictures of the mandolin and the inside label?

    I have added the serial number to the registry with a few details from your older threads, but would love to see any pics you might have too. Nothing is too small. Build pics are sweet too.

    Best, Larry

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    Quote Originally Posted by danb View Post
    Looks nice Larry, keep at it!
    Thanks Dan.You were right about the hard work part, but it's great meeting other owners and fans of Hans' instruments. Thanks for the advice.

    Larry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry S Sherman View Post
    Hi John,

    I would love to track down the serial numbers. If you know the players let them know about the registry, or jot down the numbers if you can. A typical F5-C number should look like "F5-C 60809"

    Thanks, Larry
    Larry,

    I told 'em all about it. They both live here in Asheville. They said they were going to take a look.

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    Larry - I lost my build pictures when I moved from Texas to Georgia. I'll look around for some finished photos.
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    I've been getting some great responses from Brentrup owners, and many are still gathering photos and serial numbers. Hans is happy.

    I've also been updating a lot of instruments, such as this A2C Snakehead.

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    If you are an owner or have information on Brentrup serial numbers, build pics, new pics, etc please don't hesitate to reach out.

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    I have added some content to a really beautiful instrument, DLC 7236-3 (Distressed Lloyd Nbr 3), owned by a Cafe member.

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    This was the third of Hans' "Lloyd" mandolins. I think nbr 5 was actually an A5, but I need the serial number and a chat with Hans to be sure. This one is distressed, and really has the vintage Loar look.

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    Today I had attended a mini Brentup tasting and got some nice new photos of M23 805103-I.

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    I also posted a new entry of Stealth V6 711257-G, signed July 2011. This beautiful mandolin, number 257, is quite likely the last custom mandolin that Hans built. It's a stunner!

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    More to come in the coming weeks. Thanks to everyone for their help documenting these exquisite instruments.

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    Mine is the Model 20 Proto. Number 50337-I. It's an A-style, oval hole with the more modern raised neck meeting the body at the 12th fret. I do believe this mandolin is the prototype of this model. I'll post photos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Mine is the Model 20 Proto. Number 50337-I. It's an A-style, oval hole with the more modern raised neck meeting the body at the 12th fret. I do believe this mandolin is the prototype of this model. I'll post photos.
    Thanks Lee. I added your details, and look forward to the pictures, especially if you can get a shot of the inner label.

    Do you know what kind of maple was used for the back?

    Best, Larry

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    The black one above looks like the Stealth V3 that I sold a few years ago, I think it was my first Brentrup. Its still on my website.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trevor View Post
    The black one above looks like the Stealth V3 that I sold a few years ago, I think it was my first Brentrup. Its still on my website.
    Yes, both are blackbursts, and look very cool. The V3 had different points, headstock, and tailpiece cover. Manfred's is a Stealth V6. I actually updated your Stealth V3 last night with Hans' original pictures.

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    I've been hearing from more owners...so great to meet folks that love their mandolins so much. Please reach out if you have an undocumented mandolin to add to the site.

    This morning I added Donnie's PML. The Registry entry includes some awesome build photos.

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    Another really cool addition is this Blackface M23V.

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    It's tempting to think of an artist's career as a simple progression, but I prefer to think of Hans' builds as phases or periods. Many consider his Lloyd models (later the F5C) as his crowning achievement. But as one of the many M23V owners (obviously biased) I would argue that the PMLs, Lloyds, and F5Cs represent Hans' perfection of Gibson Loar replicas, while his M23V was the fulfillment of his vision of the ultimate F5. The M23 featured the integrated scalloped sweep from the pickguard through the extension, as well as other details that are quite different from his Loar replicas.

    Of course you also have the Stealth and Eclipse models, which represent his willingness to experiment and take chances with both color and design. To me the Eclipse is the most beautiful mandolin design ever created (and I'm a big fan of both Zeidler and Monteleone).

    Larry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry S Sherman View Post
    Yes, both are blackbursts, and look very cool. The V3 had different points, headstock, and tailpiece cover. Manfred's is a Stealth V6. I actually updated your Stealth V3 last night with Hans' original pictures.

    Larry
    That Stealth V3 is the coolest mandolin on the planet! I had serious MAS when Hans first posted the build pics. I've yet to see any custom build that grabs me like it does. Thanks Larry for compiling Han's beautiful works of art. Such treasures.

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    One of the cool things about gathering this info is seeing the wear and tear and various owner modifications, from adding new fretboards with block inlays, to adding different bridge saddles, tuners, etc.

    Tonight I replaced the generic Gibson-style tailpiece on my M21 with a new Bill James TP:

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    It has a K&K Twin installed, and the James was a perfect fit around the existing endpin jack. Works much better too.

    This recent entry, a great sounding M23V owned by a cafe member, is naturally distressed from being played regularly.

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    More to be added soon. Thanks to everyone and please keep 'em coming!

    Larry

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    I added some amazing photos and build shots of an exquisite M23V this morning:

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    This mandolin is top-of-the-line with Waverly tuners, James TP, and perhaps unique (for a Brentrup) snowflake inlay fret markers. The M23V represents the ultimate of Hans original take on the F5, and this one really nails it.

    Another recent entry is "Chewy", an understated M21 with elegant looks and gorgeous tone-it's been a lifetime mandolin for the original owner.

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    Both of these mandolins are f-hole instruments with Italian tops. Hans felt that the Italian tops offered more complexity in tone then red spruce (which he called "fundamental"). German was his favorite, and I really love the tone of the German as well. My friend's Italian topped M23 has a tone like Mike Marshall's Loar to my ears.

    As always, feel free to reach out if your Brentrup hasn't been listed yet.

    Larry

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