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    Default Lyon & Healy style 5283 Model A) at Skinner’s auctions

    For those who love Lyon & Healys, there are two up for bid at Skinner auctions in Boston - see Skinner. Com
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    Default Re: Lyon & Healy style 5283 Model A) at Skinner’s auctions

    Also a Giacomel, a vintage Martin, and a Bacon banjo mandolin!
    https://www.skinnerinc.com/search?s=mandolin

    The L&H/Washburns both reportedly have 5-digit serial numbers (!!?) and Skinner's estimated date for them is 1930. One of them looks pretty dark and may be one of the rare chocolate brown instruments.
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    Default Re: Lyon & Healy style 5283 Model A) at Skinner’s auctions

    From the Skinner's site:

    Lyon & Healy Washburn Style 5283 Mandolin, c. 1930, serial no. 14500, with original case.

    Provenance: Mary Zelnick-Roitman.

    "N.B. In 1961, Mary Zelnick recorded Vivaldi's Concerto in G Major for Two Mandolins, Strings, and Organ, with Sol Goichberg, Max Goberman, and the New York Sinfonietta."

    So this mandolin featured on the Kramer vs. Kramer soundtrack?

    https://www.allmusic.com/album/baroq...r-mw0000267036

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    Default Re: Lyon & Healy style 5283 Model A) at Skinner’s auctions

    Quote Originally Posted by seankeegan View Post
    From the Skinner's site:
    So this mandolin featured on the Kramer vs. Kramer soundtrack?
    Holy cow. One of them might well have, yes. I'm told Goichberg was very keen on the L&H sound and his quartet was all L&H instruments. So he and Zelnicki might well have played L&H mandolins on that recording.

    (One other mandolinist that I know of, Peter Press, recorded the Vivaldi concerti on a Lyon & Healy.)

    If you have a New York Times subscription you can read more about Goichberg's Mando-Art Quartet here: https://www.nytimes.com/1961/10/23/a...tet-heard.html

    (The piece is from 1961, the same year that Goichberg and Zelnicki recorded the Vivaldi double concerto.)
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    What does N.B. mean? Thanks.
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    Default Re: Lyon & Healy style 5283 Model A) at Skinner’s auctions

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Logan View Post
    What does N.B. mean? Thanks.
    Nota bene: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nota_bene
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    Default Re: Lyon & Healy style 5283 Model A) at Skinner’s auctions

    Here is a description I got from Skinner for #14500:
    “ In good, playing condition. The initials FG inscribed into the top. Minor rib cracks at bass shoulder and bass side of lower bout. Slight rib bulge/open seams at lower bout. Honest play wear.”
    Guess I won’t bid on that one. Makes me really appreciate the beautiful condition of the Model A I already own.
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    Default Re: Lyon & Healy style 5283 Model A) at Skinner’s auctions

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Logan View Post
    “ In good, playing condition. The initials FG inscribed into the top. Minor rib cracks at bass shoulder and bass side of lower bout. Slight rib bulge/open seams at lower bout. Honest play wear.”
    Given that, I'd be surprised if it meets the estimated $2–3K.

    The bridges on these instruments don't look right ... they appear to be a lighter color than ebony. I don't know if that means they are not original; if the 1930 date is correct I wouldn't know who was setting these instruments up in what workshop, or what specs and standards were in place.
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