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    Default Please help identify 2 Mandolins (1 Banjo-Mandolin)

    Hello everyone, I've been on this website for a while but finally made an account just to ask this, so I hope it works out! I visited an antique store a few days ago and found two beat up mandolins with no brand names.

    The first is a 2 point with some kind of logo on the headstock, but nothing written inside it, and the second is a banjo-mando with no writing on it. the BM was behind glass so I couldn't check the back for any other markings. Thank you for the help!


    Now I just need to figure out how to attach a file!

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    Okay, I figured it out, now here are the pictures!
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    Default Re: Please help identify 2 Mandolins (1 Banjo-Mandolin)

    Can you post a picture of the back of the headstock on the 2 point? Are the top and back flat or arched on that 2 point?
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Not sure about the mandolins, but they're asking $25 for a plastic recorder that's missing 1 of 3 parts.... That's bat**** crazy.
    If it's from the same seller, I'd expect similar outrageous pricing for mandos that will need repair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khatarlan View Post
    Not sure about the mandolins, but they're asking $25 for a plastic recorder that's missing 1 of 3 parts.... That's bat**** crazy.
    If it's from the same seller, I'd expect similar outrageous pricing for mandos that will need repair.

    Khat
    I went into a charity shop in the UK one time and commented on an old instrument, mainly sort of a guitar superglued together. It was REALLY expensive. I told the guy at the shop that it was REALLY expensive and he said to you, young man, we give an 80% discount! Itís the end of the summer and there arenít many rich tourists left. Yes they do pay those prices, and are happy for a momento of England to hang on their wall when they get back.
    We are happy, they are happy.

    I kept looking at it, thinking, is that England?
    I didnít buy it

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Can you post a picture of the back of the headstock on the 2 point? Are the top and back flat or arched on that 2 point?
    I was nearby the store when I saw this so I checked it out again. I took more pictures that will be posted later today, but I can confirm that the top and back are arched and not flat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khatarlan View Post
    Not sure about the mandolins, but they're asking $25 for a plastic recorder that's missing 1 of 3 parts.... That's bat**** crazy.
    If it's from the same seller, I'd expect similar outrageous pricing for mandos that will need repair.

    Khat
    Both mandos are listed at $400 but they do a lot of bartering

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    I wouldn't pay half that for either but that's just me. YMMV.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    I wouldn't pay half that for either but that's just me. YMMV.
    I fully agree, but seeing how the owner labeled the 2 point as just "string instrument" I'm positive the don't have the slightest clue what it is or if they even know its a mandolin. *If* it is something worth picking up, I'm confident I can get it for under 100

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    I think it really depends on your interest, why would you buy it?

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    Re: the two-point— looks like the work of an amateur luthier. Could be OK or not. I can't tell whether it is a flattop or actually arched or even carved. Bridge looks clunky. Nothing too special. Mandolin-banjo probably Chicago-made sold in wholesale lots. Prices are overly optimistic.
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    Now if you had the name of the kid who did the woodwork on the mandolin and photos of her house, school, and a diary WITH tab and Youtube vids AND we were in the year 2095, then this mandolin might be worth a lot more than theyíre asking.

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    Is the 2 point a flat top? Also, looks like the fingerboard is on the top, not over it. If so, I bet it don't sound too great. Banjolin has one of the high E tangs either broken off, or at least very bent. Figure on replacing it.


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