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    This has a 2crown" tailpiece and Waverly tuners- which makes 1930s a reasonable guess. It could be a bit older but I doubt if it is newer. An intriguing instrument which appears to be in okay shape. It may have been influenced by something Larson made or was just the product of a wild imagination.

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    Scrolltastic! Indeed!
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    Hey, smurf me that smurfdolin!
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    those soundholes were a side effect of Pat Garrett meeting Billy the Kid, apparently.
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    Wow I like it and its long 5 scale! I don't get all the bullet holes but hey I've seen similar guitar tops, not as many holes though? It may be a fun neat mandolin to play. But I don't believe I'll bid on that one!
    Is that Brazilian or east India rosewood? Looks east Indian?

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    I have to admit, that it reminds me of Foghorn Leghorn! I think it is Brazilian rosewood.

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    There's no weirdness like mandolin weirdness, for sheer scope and breadth of vision . . . however astigmatic it may be.

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    In case the ebay link is lost:

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    I think it is a tamburitza inspired mandolin, and mandolins themselves are found in Balkan music. Here is my bisernica tamburitza with the similar soundhole style:Click image for larger version. 

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    Hah! Good guess! Definitely some design resemblance.

    We've had discussions of "oval-hole" vs. "f-hole" instruments; now we should add "pin-hole" to the discussion, I guess.
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    Pin hole discussion! Allen, you crack me up!
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    Seter beat me to it. The pinholes are a clue. Unusual (I think) are the 8 strings. Then again, it could be a mandolin made in a tamburitza style
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    Default Re: Scrolltastic 30s Oddball Mandolin

    Quote Originally Posted by Seter View Post
    I think it is a tamburitza inspired mandolin, and mandolins themselves are found in Balkan music. Here is my bisernica tamburitza with the similar soundhole style:Click image for larger version. 

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    I'll keep this in mind, just in case Fender is sueing anybody for copying their headstock design.
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    Actually mine is similar to the one above and also resembles a Telecaster so I guess it works both ways.
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    Those Soundholes. . . . . ha ha ha. Epic!

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    Here's my prim, a small tamburitza, with similar holes.

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