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    Default Info on this Mandolin

    This belongs to a friend, just looking for info on history, make model. If anyone knows anything about it. Thanks in advance for any helpClick image for larger version. 

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    To my (not too refined eye) it looks like one of the massed produced mandolins from the early 1900s made in Chicago (going by scratch plate) they were often rebranded under many names. Can you post a photo of the back. If it has a lot of ribs tightly spaced together it's worth more. If it just has like 20 or less it is more of a budget model. Put only very lightweigh strings on these (bluegrass strings are too heavy and could damage the top). I think I got mine (in very good working order with no issues at all) for like $100-150.

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    Circa 1900, most likely built in Chicago, the tailpiece was a standard item sold by jobbers and this has 10 strings and not 8. Probably built "for the trade" so it could be labeled with any label a teacher or retailer wanted to put on it. I have seen that logo and am trying to find it.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Thank you for your responce ,I will pass this on to my friend.

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