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    Default Larson Harp Mandolin on Antiques Road Show

    I didn't see where this was posted before. Apologies if it has.

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    Default Re: Larson Harp Mandolin on Antiques Road Show

    Nice. Does Mr. Cavalieri say, however, that he doesn't know whether Chris Knutsen made harp mandolins? (Knutsen definitely did make them.)
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    Default Re: Larson Harp Mandolin on Antiques Road Show

    I thought the guy was way too harsh on the Larson mandolin. He said that they are largely decorative, and no one would buy it for the sound. I've played a couple of these that sounded great, and the second soundhole gives them a unique tone. That particular example looks like it needs some work, and I'm thinking the value would be about half the figure he quoted (probably even a little less). Just my two cents.

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    Again, I’ve never seen anyone pull out a checkbook when they give a number and this one is a prime example of tell them a big number and offer some fluffy commentary.
    I don’t think this is a piece that is worth 7K on its best day! I agree with gweetarpicker about half that is more realistic.
    If this was pristine, in its original case maybe that kind of heady value but, it’s not and, it doesn’t.
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    Default Re: Larson Harp Mandolin on Antiques Road Show

    I have a style 35 mandolin and am fairly confident this is a style 402 mandola. Note the pickguard, the attachment of the harp arm to the headstock and the size. Definitely larger than a mandolin and significantly rarer.
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    Apparently we in the UK are not allowed to see this because of ' rights restrictions '

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    Default Re: Larson Harp Mandolin on Antiques Road Show

    Here's a Dyer Style 402 harp mandola at Bernunzio's (and don't think I'm not tempted!). John wants $5K for it, and estimates another $1K for restoration. Not that far from the Roadshow estimate.
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    Default Re: Larson Harp Mandolin on Antiques Road Show

    A slightly less fancy, smaller-body Dyer Harp-Mandolin at RetroFret for almost 1/3 the Antiques Roadshow assessment.

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    Default Re: Larson Harp Mandolin on Antiques Road Show

    So, where are the checkbooks?
    They ain’t drawing 7K are they?
    What are the “Experts” bona rides? Is this, very small, area of expertise in the esteemed Mr. Cavalierri’s wheelhouse?
    I’m expert in all kinds of things, just pulled a little project off from parts I had on hand, made everyone very happy!
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    Default Re: Larson Harp Mandolin on Antiques Road Show

    Quote Originally Posted by tim noble View Post
    I have a style 35 mandolin and am fairly confident this is a style 402 mandola. Note the pickguard, the attachment of the harp arm to the headstock and the size. Definitely larger than a mandolin and significantly rarer.
    Boy, its hard to tell from the video. It could be a mandola. Its just hard to tell. But I agree, if it is a mandola, the price is closer to right.

    I can also see that if it is a mandola, even if the reviewer was aware of it he might not want to overcomplicate things by having to explain what the heck a mandola even is.
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    Default Re: Larson Harp Mandolin on Antiques Road Show

    Quote Originally Posted by JeffD View Post
    Boy, its hard to tell from the video. It could be a mandola. Its just hard to tell. But I agree, if it is a mandola, the price is closer to right.

    I can also see that if it is a mandola, even if the reviewer was aware of it he might not want to overcomplicate things by having to explain what the heck a mandola even is.
    Clarification of whether it’s a Mandola or Mandolin is no complication! It’s verification of what it is. That’s what “experts” are supposed to do, isn’t it?
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    Default Re: Larson Harp Mandolin on Antiques Road Show

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    A slightly less fancy, smaller-body Dyer Harp-Mandolin at RetroFret for almost 1/3 the Antiques Roadshow assessment.

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    I saw that and started to shiver. I have wanted one for a long time. Maybe not quite at that price, but then again... If it sounds great, or can be made to sound great with minimal work, it would really be a hoot to bring it to a jam.

    Especially a jam I have never attended and where they don't know me. I would show up, and they don't know that I am able to play a bit, and they would see that mandolin and I can here them "oh dear God, what has this guy brought" and figure perhaps I got talked into buying the thing for its distinctiveness alone, or had to take it in a auction lot and could not sell it.

    And then... when I can make it sound pretty mandolin like, I can watch their faces.
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    Default Re: Larson Harp Mandolin on Antiques Road Show

    Here’s the appraiser’s biographical sketch from the Antiques Roadshow website:
    https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/ap...nce-cavalieri/

    As for “pulling out checkbooks,” it is unethical for independent appraisers to make an offer on items they appraise.

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