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    Default Advice Please: 1984 Epiphone MM70

    I am going to test drive this mandolin tomorrow and i would love some insight, does it appear to be a good deal at $750

    Epiphone MM70 Master series MIJ 1984 F style mandolin

    Hand crafted Master series 30 year old mandolin.

    Very rare piece, Made in Japan in 1984. Pictures don't do it justice.

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    Default Re: Advice Please: 1984 Epiphone MM70

    I am no expert with vintage epiphone mandolins at all, but personally I would rather have a new eastman at the same price.

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    Default Re: Advice Please: 1984 Epiphone MM70

    For my money, I'd judge this, and any other instrument, on how it sounds. If it is handmade and sounds good, and you will play and enjoy it, that is a good price.
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    Default Re: Advice Please: 1984 Epiphone MM70

    I am a new player and I just bought that mandolin, near Oshawa Ontario last week. Serial number matches mine. What are the odds?

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    It happens every now and again here. Enjoy it.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: Advice Please: 1984 Epiphone MM70

    Quote Originally Posted by Puckdodger View Post
    I am a new player and I just bought that mandolin, near Oshawa Ontario last week. Serial number matches mine. What are the odds?
    Ummmm.....

    You bought that mandolin....
    And the serial # is the same.....
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    There looks to be some corrosion on the tuning pegs and what appears as small water stains on the sticker inside....look it over good.
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    Yes. I know it sounds crazy but I haven't figured out how to post a pic. I will do that when I get back home. I saw the serial and went to check mine. That's really strange.

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    Default Re: Advice Please: 1984 Epiphone MM70

    Quote Originally Posted by Puckdodger View Post
    Yes. I know it sounds crazy but I haven't figured out how to post a pic. I will do that when I get back home. I saw the serial and went to check mine. That's really strange.
    Why is it strange? You're replying to a post from 2014 and the person that posted it may not have even bought it. It could have changed hands a few more times. Like, I said this has happened here before. It doesn't mean that it's a different mandolin with the same serial number, although that wouldn't surprise me anyway. I just assume you bought the mandolin in the original post.
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    Default Re: Advice Please: 1984 Epiphone MM70

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Why is it strange? You're replying to a post from 2014 and the person that posted it may not have even bought it. It could have changed hands a few more times. Like, I said this has happened here before. It doesn't mean that it's a different mandolin with the same serial number, although that wouldn't surprise me anyway. I just assume you bought the mandolin in the original post.

    Good catch, didn't notice the date.
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    Default Re: Advice Please: 1984 Epiphone MM70

    Bill, gave you good advice; judge it on how it sounds. If is a good sounding, playing instrument and you want it, then you decide.
    As to those Epiphone mandolins, I refretted one for a fella that had been playing his for 30+ years. It was a hoss. It had really nice maple and was well built.

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    I'm very happy with it, had my daughter's guitar tech take a look at it, he made a slight truss rod adjustment and said everything else looked good. Now I've just got to learn how to play it ��

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