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    What an incredible event! On its 90th birthday this unknown Loar Mandola walks into the shop. This thing is simply perfect. It's sounds amazing with a new set of string. My head is still spinning.
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    Holy crap! Batman. That baby looks brand new. What's the date? Does it have a Virzi?
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    Default Re: What an incredible day! Unknown Loar Mandola found

    You mean 91st birthday, don't you? Loar wasn't signing any Gibson labels on 3/31/1925.
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    March 31, '24. No Virzi.
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    Ah right 91
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    The mind boggles!
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    Good lawd!!!

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    Default Re: What an incredible day! Unknown Loar Mandola found

    wow...she looks new. someone gave her some love over the years. very nice.

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    Only a few light dings here and there. They don't show up in the photos. Neither does the beautiful very light cracking in the varnish. It has unfortunately gone home for the day. I've encouraged the owner to bring it in soon for a few more photos. Unfortunately the Loar signature pics didn't turn out well enough to post. Hopefully it will be back soon. They had an idea of what they had, but only slightly. They're a little stunned to say the least. It came to them through a family member a number of years ago.
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    The pics of the points totally confirm the authenticity...congrats!!

    Some folks I know in Australia are going to be thrilled to see this...

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    Well I hope hope you offered them 10 grand for it! Well O.K. 15 then!

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    Thanks for sharing these pics. Beautiful instrument.
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    Really nice to see the original case too...

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    So what was the conversation like? I've always wanted to know how experts communicate the weight of the discovery when an un-knowing person walks in with a Loar.
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    That is just so cool! Glad they had a clue at least, if not a full page of knowledge, extra nice to have it a "family" instrument too.
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    time capsule!

    Amazing mandolin! I sort of want an f-style mandolin all of a sudden!

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    There is such an elegance about the "real thing"! Many inspired similar models miss the finesse.
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    Everything about that is beautiful.
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    Default Re: What an incredible day! Unknown Loar Mandola found

    [QUOTE=Spruce;1388791]The pics of the points totally confirm the authenticity...congrats!!

    How so? Learning. Thx.
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    Default Re: What an incredible day! Unknown Loar Mandola found

    [QUOTE=biologyprof;1388879]
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    The pics of the points totally confirm the authenticity...congrats!!

    How so? Learning. Thx.
    The quirky little joint in the point is something that a lot of copies lack, and this one just screams "legit"...



    Besides, no one would ever think of copying a 'dola anyway...

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    Gawd, that thing is in amazing shape! The finish still looks brand-new and shiny! I thought the varnish finish they used tended to turn dull with age, but this one looks like it's fresh. Even the bridge looks like new wood, with no signs of wear or age. Is this all original, or do you think it was refurbed at some point? Even if it sat in its case for 91 years, I can't imagine it looking this good.

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    I was wondering, did you have your calendar set ahead one day? She does look brand new.

    I would imagine a LOT of unknown Loars show up on this day!

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    To the sceptics..........good for you. To the believers.........thanks for the nice words. I guess I should have taken more recent pics. Those pics were taken a few weeks ago and yes, the varnish is now more dull in appearance.
    This all started when a very nice Gibson mandola case appeared on ebay. Nobody here thought an H5 would fit. I knew it would be tight but that it would fit. So I made the Loar copy to complete the package. The tailpiece is a very old stainless one that I picked up. It was unmarked and I found a good hand engraver to do the Gibson logo. The Loar label had problems at the graphics company I had mock it up for me. They didn't understand the level of quality I need, so back to getting that cleaned up. Too late for photo shoot. Glad you all enjoyed my story. So, sorry everyone. Just another copy by Gary Vessel!
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    Excellent Gary, nice pickguard
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