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    Default Gibson 1902 Mandolin Repaired & Playing now.

    [SIZE=2]It has been awhile since I have posted but good things sometimes slowly.
    I thought I would share some pics of my "Oldest factory built Gibson Mandolin that still exists" #6 (2506).
    Attached video is at Ry Charters Kal-Tone repair shop here in Kalamazoo. Perhaps you might recognise some of the players of this instrument soon after it was repaired.
    They mention that this old design of a bowl shaped back gives not only a loud sound but great low tones too. Note, Orville did not put a strap peg hole in the end, but rather played it on his lap. Who knows, this might even be the one on his lap in the picture.
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    Orville Gibson holding A Style Mandolin
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    I would not be surprised that your Mandolin is indeed the one in Orville’s lap in the picture!
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    Amazing!

    Enjoy!
    I recently finished a new homemade 4-song EP of original solo acoustic songs; (sorry, no mandolin content this time). If you are interested in a FREE copy, feel free to send me your address via Private Message, and I will be glad to send you one. Trust me, it will be worth the price!


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    Hm. Well, that's a pretty young Orv in that photo (pre-mustache), and since he had little or nothing to do with the Gibson Company after it was incorporated, I'm guessing the mandolin in the photo is a pre-company instrument he built himself.

    It is cool to see this instrument back in one piece, whatever its provenance. It's also a reminder that when the company went to Sheraton brown for most of its A-style mandolins in 1918, that wasn't a new color, strictly speaking ... more like a reissue of one of its earliest finishes.
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    Hm. This photo also purports to be of a young Orv. Was he left-handed?
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    Thats Pretty Cool looking...

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    Great mandolin! I remember when you found it. Yes, Orville was left handed. I’m not so sure that is Orville in the photo with the mandolin in his lap though.

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    Yeah, Google Image Search doesn't find any other instances of that photo, which is odd if it's really Orv. Bmaverick, where did the photo come from?
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    The pic. in post # 2 doesn't appear to be of Orville Gibson. The pic. in post # 6 appears on Roger Siminoff's website as a pic. of Orville Gibson.http://siminoff.net/gibson-background/ It's a pic. of a pre-moustachio'd OG,but the similarilty in pre & post moustache is pretty obvious - the eyes have it !.

    Bmaverick - That's an incredible treasure piece that you have there,& it's wonderful to see it in such excellent condition,looking & sounding pretty darned awesome !,
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    Here is it’s slightly older very similar brother. Ca. 1897 Orville Gibson made and labeled.

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    I too doubt that the photo in the second post is Orville. The eyes appear to be different. Also. he is holding the mandolin the way a right hander would.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Ostrander View Post
    Also. he is holding the mandolin the way a right hander would.
    Yeah but... he's fretting the guitar (righty-strung w/ right-hand D-chord formation on bass strings; maybe call it CM7addb5??) the way someone would who's thinking, "Hey, this'll confuse the heck outta them in a century of so!"
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    Thanks for posting the video. I missed this the first time around. What a treasure!
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    Very informative, very enjoyable.

    Thank you.

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