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    According to UMGF member and Martin expert hutton99, mandolin serial number 7272 was stamped about January 16, 1920 and was shipped to Henry Spahr in Jersey City, NJ on February 20, 1920. I wonder where it went during all those years before I acquired it about 15 years ago.

    Here's my well worn but still beautiful style A centenarian:

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    Roger

    1920 Martin Style A
    Don MacRostie designed Stuart MacDonald A-style kit I built myself.
    2018 The Loar LM-590 Ms
    Plus guitars - lots of guitars
    And one banjo

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    I am wondering how it sounds.

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    Light, chime-like. I use it in our Celtic sessions here. A classical player would like it, too. Not Gibson-like at all. A much more delicate sound.
    Roger

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    Don MacRostie designed Stuart MacDonald A-style kit I built myself.
    2018 The Loar LM-590 Ms
    Plus guitars - lots of guitars
    And one banjo

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    Congratulations Roger, it is a wonderful instrument. You are a very lucky guy!
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    Lovely! It shouldn't be hard to find a replacement "cloud"-style tailpiece cover, if you want one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickbella View Post
    Lovely! It shouldn't be hard to find a replacement "cloud"-style tailpiece cover, if you want one.
    I did actually find one at Gryphon. I need to take some new photos.
    Roger

    1920 Martin Style A
    Don MacRostie designed Stuart MacDonald A-style kit I built myself.
    2018 The Loar LM-590 Ms
    Plus guitars - lots of guitars
    And one banjo

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    That's a beautiful old Martin, It looks like it has been well taken care of. Here's to another 100 years of music making. Enjoy the history and vibe!
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    My 1919 Style A says "hi" to its younger sibling.
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    My 1974 Style A says “ Happy Birthday Grandpa”!
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    As does my 1974 Style A!
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    My 1975 lefty A model also says Happy Birthday!

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    Happy Birthday dad from my '57
    THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE JUST FOR YOUR SMILE!

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    Roger- you should post a video playing it! So much stuff on Gobsonís, nice to see a Martin once in a while!! Jan

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    I recently toured the Martin Factory. Something I would recommend everyone do. I saved a lot of money in that I don't play guitar. But wow.

    In the museum they have a bunch of Martin mandolins, and I came away wishing that Martin did make mandolins today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotatigirl View Post
    Roger- you should post a video playing it! So much stuff on Gobsonís, nice to see a Martin once in a while!! Jan
    Yes. I should. I'll work on that.

    And I love your misprint - Gobsons. I will refer to them as Gobsons from now on.
    Roger

    1920 Martin Style A
    Don MacRostie designed Stuart MacDonald A-style kit I built myself.
    2018 The Loar LM-590 Ms
    Plus guitars - lots of guitars
    And one banjo

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    Great to see a little Martin Mandolin love on here.
    My '29 style B is a bit of a snob, and doesn't have anything to say, but the '59 style A says HBD gramps, as do the c.1925 style 1 uke, and the c.1929 style 0 uke (both my grand-dad's) and the c. 1930 1T tenor uke with the best narrow neck ever.
    enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fifths View Post
    Great to see a little Martin Mandolin love on here.
    My '29 style B is a bit of a snob, and doesn't have anything to say, but the '59 style A says HBD gramps, as do the c.1925 style 1 uke, and the c.1929 style 0 uke (both my grand-dad's) and the c. 1930 1T tenor uke with the best narrow neck ever.
    enjoy!
    Thanks, and since you raise the subject of Martin ukes, here's my late 30s Style 1.

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    Roger

    1920 Martin Style A
    Don MacRostie designed Stuart MacDonald A-style kit I built myself.
    2018 The Loar LM-590 Ms
    Plus guitars - lots of guitars
    And one banjo

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