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    I was at the new musical instrument installment at The NY Met today and saw this.

    https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/700485

    1898. Wonder what it sounds like.

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    Saw this at Carter Vintage the other day and wondered the same thing.
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    That one looks awesome.
    I wonder if it had the hollow neck like the earlier one.

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    That Gibson A has my heartbreaking it is so pretty. I may have to head over to the Met this weekend. Thank you for posting!
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    Gorgeous!...and gifted to the Met by the illustrious detective novel writing couple - Jonathan and Faye Kellerman!
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    Orville built these ones himself I do believe He was a groundbreaker in mandolin design there is no doubt about that! Nobody can take that from him-a true innovator that changed the norm of the times with his instruments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxCarJoe View Post
    That one looks awesome.
    I wonder if it had the hollow neck like the earlier one.
    The article says the neck is hollow. Says the neck, sides, and headstock are carved out of a single piece of walnut. Wow!

    Sure is a beaut!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxCarJoe View Post
    That one looks awesome.
    I wonder if it had the hollow neck like the earlier one.
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    Anyone know what the original finish was?

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    Orville was a visionary for certain. And think, over 120 years later everyone still uses his shapes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxCarJoe View Post
    I was at the new musical instrument installment at The NY Met today and saw this.

    https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/700485

    1898. Wonder what it sounds like.

    It would probably sound like this one.
    https://youtu.be/85a7BaTbU9s
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    Chris Thile could have made a snow shovel sound good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CWRoyds View Post
    It would probably sound like this one.
    https://youtu.be/85a7BaTbU9s
    Thanks for that.

    It has an interesting sound. But nothing like what is to come IMO.

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    I wonder how those were received back in the days when tater bugs ruled the earth? As a blasphemy? A miracle? Goofy looking? Obviously people came around to the modern idea of a mandolin.

    I like the arabesque moon and star logo. I do not know how that might fly today. At that time, middle eastern style was very exotic.

    At least Orville was not swayed but the Hawaiian craze and didn稚 make the modern mandolin shaped like an ukulele!

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    Re : "It would probably sound like this one.
    https://youtu.be/85a7BaTbU9s"

    Interesting to see how "scooped out" the rim is. Makes a more prominent groove than many you see today.

    Chris's genuine enthusiasm, coupled with his playing skills, makes all these mandolins he tries irresistible. I love the way he instantly and unconsciously tunes up all the instruments he tries in a blink of an eye as he continues unrelated normal conversation. No snark on there.

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    I have to get down to the Met also. It looks like there are a few new things at the new opening. BTW Jonathan Kellerman is a uber-collector. When you have two super-successful authors they can afford to amass an amazing collection. I have his book. For Fayes' birthday one year he gave her a Loar F-5. Nice, eh? They have a full quartet of Loar-signed mandolin instruments plus an L-5 guitar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxCarJoe View Post
    I was at the new musical instrument installment at The NY Met today and saw this.

    https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/700485

    1898. Wonder what it sounds like.
    I have one of these early star and crescent Orville A mandolins. It sounded nice until the neck snapped in half.

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