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    Default 1984 Kentucky Octave Mandolin

    Last year I acquired an 84' Kentucky octave mandolin and asked in the CBOM forum if anyone had heard of another. Apparently no one had. I recently discovered another. It was custom made for Dave Grisman by Sumi and is currently owned by Lowell Levinger. Videos of Lowell playing his as well as my son, Charlie ONeal playing mine can be heard on YouTube. An interesting aside is that after doing some research it appears that these instruments may be the first F style body octave mandolins ever made. Any more info on these or earlier F style octaves would be appreciated. Thanks.
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    Default Re: 1984 Kentucky Octave Mandolin

    If you want to know more about the instrument try sending a PM to cafe member DesertRose. Scott Zimmerman has known Sumi for years and was, the last time I heard, his agent for the United States.

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

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    Thanks, Mike. I've already contacted Scott. He said "very few were made" but that's all. He also said he would speak to Sumi but never got back to me.

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