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    Default Wow, what a flip!

    Nice looking but problematic Gibson H-2 sold a few days ago on ebay for a reasonable amount given its condition: 1918-Gibson-H-2-Mandola

    Nice looking but problematic Gibson H-2 now listed on ebay for 143% more: 1918-Gibson-H-2-Mandola-w-Original-Case-H-2-Mandolin-Family-Mandocello-antique

    At least they shot new photos for the new listing. Pretty blatant cut and paste on the description text, though.

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    Just to underscore the dramatic increase, you also can mathematically express this as "the new price being 243% of the original price"--the hoped-for "profit" being 143%. Like buying a used car for $1,000 and then turning around and selling that same used car for $2,430.

    A great investment if the buyer/seller comes anywhere close to getting the asked-for $2,795. But perhaps what matters in the end...hopefully...is that the new buyer has an instrument that suits the new buyer well, and that he/she is pleased-as-punch with the mandola, regardless of its cost.

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    Not a flip until someone buys it. The story might be, "Wow, what wishful thinking".
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    Default Re: Wow, what a flip!

    All things considered, I think the original $1,150 was a decent deal . . . but for my money, $2,800 would cause me to look somewhere else.

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    I'd like to have an old Gibson mandolin someday, but I just can't tell when an old Gibson is priced reasonably and if it might have some structural problems that will be expensive repairs. The good thing is that a lot of the examples seem pretty cheap for a name brand instrument that is so old.
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    That's because Gibson made a whole lot of mandolins in the early years. That's good for those looking for one from that era. It probably caused issues for the company having to compete against the used market to sell new mandolins in a time that demand was depressed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg P. Stone View Post
    Not a flip until someone buys it. The story might be, "Wow, what wishful thinking".
    I’m starting to repeat myself...
    “Askin’ ain’t Sellin’!”
    I have a 1998 second owner Jeep Cherokee sport with under 150k on that I’d part with for $10,001!
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    Isn’t this the way dealers have made a living for many years?

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    Correction,
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    My wife says we really want $11,111.11 for it.!
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    If it sits long enough, and I really wanted it I would offer $1500 and bet I would get it - the new owner would make $350 for doing nothing but repackaging it to ship out again.

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    The refinish will keep value at $1500 or so if lucky.

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    A refin., hmm.
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    Yep, first rule of vintage instruments: Don't mess with original finish.
    Second rule of vintage instruments: Don't mess with original finish.

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    Wow, 4 days and not a nibble on the Jeep!
    Original finish!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Brock View Post
    I'd like to have an old Gibson mandolin someday, but I just can't tell when an old Gibson is priced reasonably and if it might have some structural problems that will be expensive repairs. The good thing is that a lot of the examples seem pretty cheap for a name brand instrument that is so old.
    keep looking. there are a lot of great old gibsons that are waaaay under priced for the tone you get. you will develop an eye for what will be worth it, but until then make some friends here with the old guy here who can spot all the details.

    some good one show up on ebay and some good ones show up on the classifieds here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaulted View Post
    A refin., hmm.
    yeah at the original price ok take a chance. might be a great tone. but at the new price. yikes. i have a great sounding 1923 snakehead refinished. i take it busking because it's refinished, but it sings. some refins are worth a gamble.

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    I think the price has been chopped down a bit.

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