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    Congratulations! Does it sound as good as it looks? With a Sobell, perhaps even better?

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    Looks great.

    Cedar top, I would say? That's what mine both have, with rosewood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gelsenbury View Post
    Congratulations! Does it sound as good as it looks? With a Sobell, perhaps even better?
    Hi,

    Yes, first impressions of the sound have been very good. The condition was pristine, which always make me nervous on a 30 year old instrument, worrying that the previous owners had been disappointed with the instrument after purchase. When I cleaned it and changed the strings the only fret wear was minimal on frets 2-5 on the A and E strings.

    The previous owner had bought it in 2007 and not really played it since. He was a bluegrass guy, so did not suit that type of music. Iím a big fan of the type of music cafe member David Hansen plays on YouTube and song of the week (OCarolan, etc), so should suit that.

    Do you think Iím correct with my logic of the neck block stamp being the date rather than the serial number?

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    The best version Of Sobell bouzoukis in Asturian music is by members of the band Felpeyu. Sadly Igor a principal founder of the group died in a car accident while travelling to a gig. His playing and music lives on their recorded music. Fantastic rhythm and articulation characterises his playing. I listen to their music most of the time in my car in Spain.



    Not the best video but you get the idea of Igorís playing. Thanks
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    A 10 string mandolin and an octave mandolin by Stefan from the 80's. My son Colin is playing with me.

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    Thought I'd stick in a cut of my band Innisfree where I'm playing a relatively short-neck (20.25") Sobell, from the early 1980's, that was traded in by Martin Simpson when he lived for a while in Ithaca NY. Simpson went to Stutzman's here in Rochester to trade the Sobell in on a Gibson mandolin, which he intended to take back to England and sell at a profit, then buy another instrument from Sobell. The trade-in price he got disappointed him, so he decided not to trade in the case, but take that back and have Sobell make another instrument to fit it! Simpson had strung it as an octave mandolin, I believe, but I put .010/.018w/.030w/.046w strings on it and tuned it CGDA as a mandola, where it's stayed ever since.

    This was 1985-86 or so. Interestingly enough, after I'd had Harptone build a case for it, I got a call from Simpson, offering to sell me the case he'd kept, but I wasn't in the market by that time.

    This MP3 was recorded a few years ago, "live" off the board at a concert, with really sketchy seat-of-the-pants mixing, so apologies in advance. It does showcase the Sobell's sound, and the way I use it for harmonies, chording, and counter-melodies. Personnel are Mark Deprez on mandolin-banjo, Barbara Jablonski on hammered dulcimer, Kathleen Cappon on 12-string guitar, and myself on the Sobell.

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    By the way, I think I bought the Sobell for $600 or so, less than a week after Simpson traded it in. Dave Stutzman had it in the showroom, said to me, "I don't know what to do with it -- I don't know that there are many buyers for something like that." (Remember, this was 35 years ago.) I was playing a restored-but-rickety 1890's Washburn bowl-back mandola in Thistledown, a Scottish/Celtic band, at the time; I played the Sobell for about 30 seconds, and said, "I'll take it!" I'd never heard of Stefan Sobell at that time, but the sound and crafts-person-ship were immediately apparent.
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    Here is my 10-string Cittern (alpine spruce / east indian rosewood) from 1989 on two youtube clips:

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    Hi guys, I'm helping to sell a collection of instruments for a friends estate and there is a Stefan Sobel 5 string Banjola in the collection and I'm trying to determine what to ask for it. I know his guitars are well thought of and expensive. I'm just looking for advice on pricing. Stefan said it was his first (he only built 4 or 5 of them). It's in excellent condition. I'll try to add a photo. Thanks for any advice.
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    Hi guys, I'm in need of some advice on pricing a Stefan Sobel Banjola. This belonged to a friend who passed away a few years ago and I'm helping his estate sell his collection. I was in touch with Stefan and he said it was probably the first one he made in the early 90's. It's made Indian rosewood back and sides, German spruce soundboard, mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard and bridge. I know his instruments are pricy and I'm just helping out my friends partner. Any ideas on pricing this very unusual instrument would be appreciated. Happy to take reasonable offers on it as well. Can send photos.
    ED

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    I would help you if I could, but on this one I'm afraid I've no idea. Sorry.
    David A. Gordon

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