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    Default Old Mandolin - Any Insight Much Appreciated

    I have what I assume is an older mandolin I'd received as a gift recently, but it doesn't have any markings on it giving info for the make/model/year of production. Has anyone ever seen one like this or have any insight here? Perhaps worth some $? I'd be happy to post additional specific photos if that's helpful (i'm a newbie to the mandolin world).

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    Default Re: Old Mandolin - Any Insight Much Appreciated

    Both Regal and Harmony (both of Chicago) built similar entry level mandolins for decades. This one has been stripped and refinished. The tuners could be used to date it as to later not earlier. Maybe the 40's or 50's. The value in pristine condition is not very much. I got less than 100.00 for the last two I owned. I'm assuming the price would be somewhere in there. Are there any numbers stamped inside?
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: Old Mandolin - Any Insight Much Appreciated

    Thanks for the info Mike! Im not seeing any information stamped on the inside, looked at all angles with a flashlight and everything.

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    Default Re: Old Mandolin - Any Insight Much Appreciated

    Probably built by Regal. I'm sure one of our vintage experts will jump in with a model number and a catalog page at some point.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: Old Mandolin - Any Insight Much Appreciated

    Is that a big crack running all the way up the front piece under the E and A courses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wormpicker View Post
    Is that a big crack running all the way up the front piece under the E and A courses?
    Probably.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: Old Mandolin - Any Insight Much Appreciated

    Looks like it has pretty decent action. I understand you're a newbie to mandolin, but do you like the way it feels and sounds?

    Typical low cost mandolin of the day in choice of woods, at least. Poplar neck, birch body including top. Can't tell about the fretboard ... maybe maple. (Just looks grainless in the photo, like mdf, so I'm guessing its actually maple). One to enjoy if possible, no big money in it. Has that crack been repaired?
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