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    I have no idea- it has a cheap tailpiece. I don't know if the finish is original.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/23406096437...ndition=4%7C10

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    For posterity. I don't think any of the finish is original. It's interesting. I'm leaning towards Harmony but that's based on the "rope" binding. I can't immediately place it with a builder.
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    I should add that I think the fretboard is not original to the mandolin either. That's a very Kalamazoo-ish neck as well but there's no way it came out Gibson.
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    I think it probably is a hybrid of sorts but I have no idea who made it- or the body. If I was to pick a Chicago maker, I would go for Regal but I don't think it was made by Regal. Having no inlays on the board does suggest it is not original unless it once had stencils which is unlikely, so it is probably not original as you suggest.

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    The headstock reminds me of "Recording King" instruments.

    I think the top finish is original.
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    I noticed that as well except its squared off. I just can't ID the builder by the body shape.
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    "Missing one string." I swear, I'm sick and tired of people putting shoddy merchandise up for auction!
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    The body shape reminds me of an old Bacon Professional. But that's where the similarity ends.

    Bacon Professionals have a different headstock, different tailpiece, smaller sound hole and a "Florida" fretboard:
    https://bluesmandolin.wordpress.com/...andolin-1920s/

    Dunno.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickbella View Post
    The body shape reminds me of an old Bacon Professional. But that's where the similarity ends.

    Bacon Professionals have a different headstock, different tailpiece, smaller sound hole and a "Florida" fretboard:
    https://bluesmandolin.wordpress.com/...andolin-1920s/

    Dunno.
    Close counts sometimes.

    That's the problem with this one, it's close to a few different things but not quite there.
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    Couldn't it be a custom build? Someone with skills bases his design on various elements he likes, or just dreams up something resembling what he's seen here and there. Judging by people's stumped observations, it sounds like the mandolin equivalent of a platypus.
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    Very unusual bridge, eh? Idiosyncratic design sorta supports the "one-of" hypothesis.
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    It has now reached $410, so there are those that think it may be something special- and I suppose it might be although I would not pay that much for it as an "unknown" instrument.

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    There are three different bidders. Most likely one is a shill, maybe two. The reality of eBay.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Well, there were no more bids. Let's hope the winner is not thinking it might have been made by Gibson!

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