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    Default Old Gibson A mandolin copy?

    Hi everyone!

    https://www.gumtree.com/p/mandolins/mandolin/1350243805

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    No label. The owner says it's about 50 years old.

    Looks like a Gibson A mandolin copy to me.

    What do you think? For 30.00 ($37.22) is it worth taking a chance?

    Guilhem

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    It looks like a Japanese-built mandolin from the early 70's to me. If it's playable, it seems like a good deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Rosett View Post
    It looks like a Japanese-built mandolin from the early 70's to me. If it's playable, it seems like a good deal.
    Oh good grief - the early 70's were nearly 50 years ago. Damn, I'm getting old!

    Anyhow, Japanese copy from 50 years ago might not have a truss rod (hard to tell in the picture) - so, I would be very worried about neck warp and high action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeZito View Post
    Oh good grief - the early 70's were nearly 50 years ago. Damn, I'm getting old!
    Gee, Mike, did you really have to point that out? Now I am really feeling old. I still think of the 70's as just yesterday!

    We may be getting older, but it sure beats the alternative (or so I tell myself).
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    Looks like Terada or similar 1970s made in Japan. New strings takes it to 37 plus postage no doubt so 45. Buying unseen could be a waste of 45 but may well be fine and no great risk.

    These mandolins were very acceptable. may just need a little TLC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Clark View Post
    Gee, Mike, did you really have to point that out? Now I am really feeling old. I still think of the 70's as just yesterday!
    Sorry about the rude awakening - but my kids seem to like to point out my lack of youth at every possible opportunity.

    The other day my son spent well upwards of $200 for a concert ticket to see 3 of his favorite bands at a baseball stadium. I told him that back in the 70's I went to see 3 big name bands at a football stadium, and paid $22.50. He just looked at me and said; 'That's because you're old.'

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    I got curious and ran that ticket price through two different inflation calculators. $22.50 spent in 1975 (just to pick a year) is equal in value to $108-110 US dollars today

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    In 1971 I saw several great bands at the Crater fest for free. I had just gotten out of the service. Much bigger than a stadium, 5 stages going at once. How does that relate to $200 today, doesn't really, just couldn't resist.
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    In 1972 I paid 4 dollars at the university fieldhouse to see Commander Cody followed by Earl Scruggs Revue followed by the Byrds with Clarence White playing lead and an acoustic set in the middle. It was the best 4 dollars I have spent in my life.

    Don't know what it figures out to today. A huge bargain even then.

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    You can go to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and see 80 bands for free 1st weekend in October. Yah I remember 5 cent candy bars and 15 cent hamburgers, 27 cent gasoline. A little while back with my son at the pool, he sees me in my bathing suit and says " Did you pick those up in the 80's?" To which I replied , "Well yah, they're my new swimmers!"

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    Barney, when I started driving gas was 26 cents -- but wait, it gets better......two gas stations were across the street from each other and had "gas wars" so the price kept going DOWN to get each others business -- it ended up being 19 cents a gallon for a brief time...

    Even in the early 70's McDonalds "regular" hamburgers were indeed 15 cents.............if you can call them a hamburger -- certainly nothing like Mother made....

    Tickets prices remind me of how Tom Petty (rip) tried to put a ceiling of $20 on his concert tickets when the trend was approaching double that.....

    There was also a brief punk rock movement in the 90's where all ticket prices were to be no more than $5 led by the band Fugazi....

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    I should add that even when gas was 26 cents a gallon, certain people hated paying that MUCH for it. My uncle drove an early 60's VW beetle that he bought new, other "college professor types" championed other tiny imports in quest of better gas mileage -- long before the fashion demanded it!

    One of my first used cars was a 20-year old Cadillac and people would ask "what does it get about 8 miles to the gallon?" I would answer, well it probably did when it was new, but with 200,000 miles on it, I doubt if it gets half that......it didn't matter to me, it was cool and fun to drive and I only put $5 at a time in it anyway....

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    In 1978 one of my friends bought a used 1968 Mustang . . . for $125.

    At about the same time I got my first job at a gas station where the off-brand cigarettes were 69-cents per pack - but two, get one free. THREE packs of smokes for $1.38. (The brand name cigarettes were 79-cents per pack - no multi-pack discount.) If I remember correctly, I made $2.38 an hour.

    Tickets to my first major league baseball game (1971) were $3.00. Right around then I remember my dad having an absolute fit because the price of gas went up to 29-cents.

    etc., etc. . . .

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    "You kids get off my lawn..."
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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlM View Post
    In 1972 I paid 4 dollars at the university fieldhouse to see Commander Cody followed by Earl Scruggs Revue followed by the Byrds with Clarence White playing lead and an acoustic set in the middle. It was the best 4 dollars I have spent in my life. Don't know what it figures out to today. A huge bargain even then.
    When I was in Cambridge MA 1961-65, I was a "member" of Club 47 (due to some strange quirk in MA law, you bought a membership card the first time you went there, and after that got in for the standard fee, which was one dollar). Went to see Mike Seeger perform there one night, when Joan Baez was playing a concert in Boston. During the second set she showed up at Club 47, went on stage with Mike, and they were also joined by Buffy Sainte-Marie, Eric Anderson, and the Charles River Valley Boys. Tom Rush was there, but said he was too wasted to go on stage. There were rumors Bob Dylan was there too, but I didn't see him; he and Joan were an "item" at the time.

    So, got my $1 worth, I guess.
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