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    A family member has opened an online estate auction of a recently passed musical enthusiast and collector. There are numerous banjos, fiddles, and other musical instruments that might be of interest to some forum members here - most notably a Howe-Orme Mandolinetto. I personally don't have any information or knowledge of the items being auctioned, but wanted to pass along as I know some of these items have a passionate following and can be hard to find.

    As with all old instruments, it would be great to see these items find new life in a good home.

    https://baerauctions.hibid.com/catal...nline-auction/

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    I have one of those; they're fun. Bought mine on eBay advertised as a "wall hanger," got it fixed up so it plays. Chirps like a canary...
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    Me too, Allen. They are fun as you said. I find you have to learn to play them like they want to be played - they are not bluegrass machines. Mine had the neck falling off, but was put back together by someone I trust and it works great. It had been refinished, but very well done and looks original except for a little "too new". The one Boomstick is showing has an interesting tailpiece!

    Thanks Boomstick, I second your wish that this one find a good home.

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    Checked out the auction as it is about 90 minutes from where I live, the Mandolinetto is now up to $105.00 Most of the instruments are fiddles/violins.

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    If you can get it for less than $300 -- assuming you want a mandolinetto -- I think it'd be a good deal, perhaps even a wise investment.
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    I am seriously considering putting in a bid. I have played a few mandolinettos and have wanted a Howe Orme for a while.

    I have to figure out how I am going to pick up the darn thing. It is a six hour drive.


    I see a link for shipping, I will check that out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffD View Post
    I am seriously considering putting in a bid. I have played a few mandolinettos and have wanted a Howe Orme for a while.

    I have to figure out how I am going to pick up the darn thing. It is a six hour drive.


    I see a link for shipping, I will check that out.
    Shipping can definitely be arranged. I helped the family sell a couple of banjos a few years back and they were able to arrange for secure shipping.

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    Thanks.

    Yes, I have been in touch with a shipper and have estimated costs. We'll see what happens.
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    Don't forget these auctions usually have a "buyers premium" (I think that's what it's called) - a percentage you have to pay above and beyond the bid price.

    Also - from the photos it looked like there were some cracks in the back, which hopefully shouldn't be a big deal for a good luthier to fix, but these HO's also have very thin wood, so it will need some care. Otherwise this one looks like it might be in pretty good shape.

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    Beautiful mandolinetto!
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