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    An acquaintance has a F-style Sunburst mandolin that he inherited and describes as a 1950s unit.
    It is 26 1/2 inches long with an a non compensated but adjustable (thumb screws) bridge. Has damage below the pick guard (poorly repaired hole) Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	172386and appears to have mold inside the body. Solid spruce back. The only writing I find is JAPAN on the back neck plate (where the neck attaches to the body)

    Does anybody know what brand this might be?

    I was quoted a couple of hundred dollars for a price. Im not interested- the playability and the tone isnt to my satisfaction. But, any suggestions as to value?

    Im going to try to attach the photos, now.

    Thanks for any help
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    Default Re: 1950s Mandolin

    It is not worth $200, maybe $50 at most.

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    Mando-Accumulator Jim Garber's Avatar
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    I highly doubt it is from the 1950s.

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    I rembered seeing that hideous scroll in the Worst scroll of the twentieth century thread.
    This one looks very similar apart from the headstock.
    This one is under the Orpheum brand, so maybe made at the same factory for a different importer?

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    Default Re: 1950s Mandolin

    80's or 90's maybe if not newer. It's not from the 50's.
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