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    Default American Conservatory with Uke Body- Need Help with ID

    Hey all,
    A customer just brought this in yesterday. I've never seen one like this. I said Uke body in the title, but this is really like a little guitar. As you will see, this thing is pristine except for a crack in the top and a small piece of herringbone purfling missing. It's American Conservatory and I have the serial number. In the original case which is also pristine except the leather is old and tired. Rosewood body and headstock overlay. Case has LHC pressed into it (Lyon and Healey). Anybody got any ideas as to value? The neck is even straight!
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    Default Re: American Conservatory with Uke Body- Need Help with ID

    A mandolinetto, Dale. Looks to be in fine condition.
    You’re right, L+ H made a reasonable number of them as did other makers.
    A search here, or online, for ‘mandolinetto’ should turn up a lot of examples for you.
    Howe-Orme made some fine examples. A recent post describes a fine example a fellow just found.
    I’ll leave pricing estimates to others. If the neck is good...that’s good...and a bit rare on these.

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    Default Re: American Conservatory with Uke Body- Need Help with ID

    Thanks Mick.

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    Default Re: American Conservatory with Uke Body- Need Help with ID

    Take a look through these threads.

    They were really good at making faux rosewood by the way. Amazingly enough those tuners look to be from much later than I would think this would be from.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: American Conservatory with Uke Body- Need Help with ID

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Take a look through these threads.

    They were really good at making faux rosewood by the way. Amazingly enough those tuners look to be from much later than I would think this would be from.
    I've long been a big fan of those "faux finish / grain painting" techniques, Mike. A friend some years back was deep into them and taught me a few: marble, tortiseshell, rosewood, quarter sawn oak. I used it on a number of furniture pieces back in the '90s.
    Seen some amazing examples in old homes: wainscoting, cabinets, doors, etc.
    Cool stuff, sometimes hard to tell from photos. Good eye.....

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    Default Re: American Conservatory with Uke Body- Need Help with ID

    I had a friend bring over a big find one day. It was a parlor guitar that for all the world looked like rosewood. Except it wasn't. That doesn't mean this one isn't.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: American Conservatory with Uke Body- Need Help with ID

    Well, now you got me going. I went and got it out of its case and looked again, inside and out. It's solid rosewood sides and back. I've dealt with the "grained" stuff over the years in both furniture and instruments. Curious. I'll go hunting up the mandolinetto examples.

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    Default Re: American Conservatory with Uke Body- Need Help with ID

    Cool, then it's more of a homerun.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: American Conservatory with Uke Body- Need Help with ID

    Quote Originally Posted by Dale Ludewig View Post
    Well, now you got me going. I went and got it out of its case and looked again, inside and out. It's solid rosewood sides and back. I've dealt with the "grained" stuff over the years in both furniture and instruments. Curious. I'll go hunting up the mandolinetto examples.
    Nice, Dale. I just love rosewood.

    Here's a link to this fella's recent thrift store Howe-Orme find.

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