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    Hello! This is my grandfather's Washburn mandolin that I just had restrung so that my son can learn to play it. Other than something strange going on with the varnish on the head, it is in really good condition and I'm guessing that Grandpa purchased it in the 1970s or early 1980s. My elderly old mom however, thinks this is the same mandolin that he played during her childhood (mid-1930s and 1940s). There are no serial numbers that I can find. I've reached out to Washburn for help, but thought that you all might also be able to advise.

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    It's no earlier than the late 70's, probably early to mid 80's.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Thank you, Mike. I thought my mom might be mistaken about the age of the instrument and I appreciate the confirmation.

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    Time changes with age, I agree with Mike, that’s most likely from the mid-late 70’s at earliest. I wonder if your grandfather had a different one and maybe your mom has gotten them turned around. That really isn’t a big deal at all, the big deal is that your son wants to play it! Very cool.
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    Looking at the head, it looks to me as if somebody has glued something on it and then peeled it off again. Of course it’s possible that your Grandpa bought it in the 70s when he shouldn’t, sneaked it into the house and told everyone it was his old one. (Some players have to do that!)

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    I was actually going to say that.

    Her: Is that a new mandolin?

    Him: No, this is same one I've had for years. I just cleaned it up a bit.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Of course, all bets are off when they start counting the cases

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue Rieter View Post
    Of course, all bets are off when they start counting the cases
    Or it’s a different color
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    I seriously doubt that non mandolin players even notice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray(T) View Post
    I seriously doubt that non mandolin players even notice.
    And no self respecting slimeball would keep the cases where they could be counted. I will note that when I finally built shelving for all my instruments there was a major blowout in the house. They had never all been in the same place before. Big mistake on my part.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    I've seen a picture or two of your shelving, Mike. Very impressive. Actually inspired a (uh, slightly smaller) unit of my own.

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    I’ve not yet got round to buillding shelving but my wife did suggest it!

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    If the spouse is suggesting the shelf, then there are no worries

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    Quote Originally Posted by brunello97 View Post
    I've seen a picture or two of your shelving, Mike. Very impressive. Actually inspired a (uh, slightly smaller) unit of my own.

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    Yes, it did the trick but I can't seem to get to it anymore because there are too many cases stacked in front of it. Yes, I am a sick man.
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