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    I have a Weymann vintage mandolin from. the 1920's. It's in good condition but still looks a little worn in places.

    I was looking for a new one and was drawn to this one.
    It was like it wanted to come home with me.

    I'll most likely start my lessons this week.

    Wish me luck!
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    Enjoy and congratulations. Connections to a particular mandolin contribute to playing enjoyment. What a nice feeling when your mandolin follows you to the driveway begging to be taken along when leaving your home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladyehawk View Post
    I have a Weymann vintage mandolin from. the 1920's. It's in good condition but still looks a little worn in places.

    I was looking for a new one and was drawn to this one.
    It was like it wanted to come home with me.

    I'll most likely start my lessons this week.

    Wish me luck!
    We shop at Wegman's but I have never seen a mandolin there, mainly just produce. Joking aside, looks like an interesting instrument

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    Nice find! Looks like the luck (or just good taste?) has already started.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ladyehawk View Post
    ... in good condition but still looks a little worn in places ...
    ... like much of the Cafe population!
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    Wegmans is a supermarket chain HQ-ed here in Rochester: their Pittsford store is so humongous that people visiting me from out of town, have asked me to take them to see it. Wegmans (where's the apostrophe? The Wegman family started the chain, still owns it) has 101 stores in NY and New England, is expanding to the DC area, and is the second largest employer in Rochester. I shop there frequently, with my coronavirus mask and gloves, and have never seen a mandolin in any of their stores.

    Weymann & Sons, on the other hand, was a Philly-based instrument manufacturer, perhaps best known on the Cafe for their "mandolute" distinctively styled instruments -- such as Ladyhawk's. They also made guitars, and banjos, especially tenors and plectrums (plectra?) I've seen references that the company was established in 1864, but doubt they made mandolins that early. Many of their instruments are labeled "Keystone State," and I've heard they were sold through dealerships with that name.

    Just to clear up any brand confusion.
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    So much fun from a simple typo which probably was from auto-correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nevin View Post
    So much fun from a simple typo which probably was from auto-correct.
    I just sent an email to Danny Wegman asking them to add a fretted instrument section. We'll see how that goes

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    I just manually corrected it.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins;1766171
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    Weymann & Sons,[/I] on the other hand, was a Philly-based instrument manufacturer, perhaps best known on the Cafe for their "mandolute" distinctively styled instruments -- such as Ladyhawk's. They also made guitars, and banjos, especially tenors and plectrums (plectra?) I've seen references that the company was established in 1864, but doubt they made mandolins that early. Many of their instruments are labeled "Keystone State," and I've heard they were sold through dealerships with that name.

    Just to clear up any brand confusion.

    The Weymann relationship to another NJ mando-grocer, Oscar Schmidt, has caused me some brand confusion over the years. Much of their produce section looks pretty clearly attributable to one or the other, but enough interesting overlaps in some examples to make me think the two had some greater degree of involvement with each other.

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    I buy all my taterbugs at Wegmans.

    Actually I was introduced to Wegmans when my daughter attended Geneseo College. I also met and spent a great day hanging with Allen Hopkins who showed me all the important music points of interest and an excellent burrito place as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    I just manually corrected it.
    Aw, you're no fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladyehawk View Post
    I have a Weymann vintage mandolin from. the 1920's. It's in good condition but still looks a little worn in places.

    I was looking for a new one and was drawn to this one.
    It was like it wanted to come home with me.

    I'll most likely start my lessons this week.

    Wish me luck!
    Nice find! I think itís a very cool choice to go vintage over something new. I have a 1923 Mandolute thatís very similar and is well worn in many places, but plays well and has a sweet unique tone. Just wondering if yourís is a model 25? It should be stamped on the end of the headstock next to the serial number. Good luck with the lessons! Enjoy!

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    I'll pass along my kudos, too! I enjoy the looks of these mandolutes a lot, as well.

    This conversation did get me thinking, though, and I looked back at some previous MC threads on mandolutes (there have been many.)

    In one of these Jake Wildwood discussed some issues folks have seen with top cracks on mandolutes just to the left of the fretboard. I have never owned one, but those cracks have shown up quite often on ones seen on line.
    Jake attributed this to a larger-than-usual neck block that was used in their construction and the subsequent shrinkage related issue in that area where the top attaches.

    Not meaning to dampen any enthusiasm, just a reminder to keep the Weymann well humidified if you can, particular during the next NY winter.

    Enjoy playing it!

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    I've been putting a lot of energy into being contented with what I have on hand, but have definitely been checking out Weymann instruments a lot more recently.

    Incidentally, I did fail in *not* buying any instruments, but really, that's it for this week!

    Ladyehawk that's a lovely new mandolin. Those guys are surprisingly loud and can be really well-playing, so I look forward to hearing of your success!

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