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    Finding any information on this mandolin is proving to be difficult. There are no other identifying marks that I can see other than the name Orpheus. Iíve looked inside and itís all black. I donít see any marks or stamps in there.

    This is my motherís and she got it from her ex husband that supposedly had it in the family for years.

    Iím looking to sell it for her and am afraid Iím not selling for what itís worth. Can anyone tell me anything about this that would help me determine its worth?

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    I see there is a higher grade one on Worthpoint. My immediate reaction is that it was made in Japan but it may have been made in South Korea. The instrument's value is not a great deal if in good playing condition- it is a worthy if rather low level instrument. Bowlback mandolins do not in general fetch much money, I am afraid. On that basis, any repairs are likely to cost more than the instrument is worth, so if it is not in playing order, its worth without a case is minimal. I am sure others will elaborate, but this mandolin is part of the large crowd of instruments that will not stand out in that crowd but it may be ideal as a starter mandolin for somebody- which gets back to its condition as a primary consideration.

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    Most likely built in Japan. If you do a Google Image search using the terms "Japanese Bowlback Mandolin" you'll see several with similar pickguards and trim. Some are more ornate, some less. The brand name Orpheus was used on instruments as far back as the 30's and was probably captured by an importer and used to import this mandolin from the mid to late 70's through the 90's. There are a few mentions of the brand name through the years on the Cafe. By the way, here's one on ShopGoodwill. Price wise it's not going to buy a car, make a house payment or put a child through college. You might be able to have a nice dinner at a mid-priced restaurant for two or three people provided you can find a buyer.
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    Thanks Nick and Mike!

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    Similar ones were sold under the Kent label among others and were probably made by Suzuki as Mike noted, in Japan in the 1970s.
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    Japan it is. Someone has certainly been creative making a replacement bridge and bolting it to the top (at the wrong side of the cant, too), which is not a strong selling point, I am afraid.

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    Yikes. How did I ever miss the custom “feature”?
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    I saw the bridge, didn't think it was bolted down. I just assumed it was adjustable.
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    I also don't think they made it, I'm going to guess that came off an imported guitar.
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