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    Default Vintage KAY Mandolin

    A Vintage KAY Mandolin with modifications is offered on ebay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sounds_good View Post
    A Vintage KAY Mandolin with modifications is offered on ebay.
    Some do not appreciate linking to live auctions. So, I will just
    post some photos for your viewing pleasure. I think the starting
    price is realistic.

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    I'm sure that hubcap stuck to the top didn't come out of the factory that way and I'm also sure it doesn't help the sound on that mandolin.
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    Default Re: Vintage KAY Mandolin

    Quote Originally Posted by sounds_good View Post
    Some do not appreciate linking to live auctions.
    I don't know who "some" would be. For me it's the opposite: if you're going to discuss an auction it's polite to post a link. Like so:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/33447065741...gAAOSwvxdio9rV

    I don't think there's a cone underneath that pie plate, so I can't see how the mods are doing it any good. It has less than a day to go and has received no bids at a starting price of $9.99. Perhaps that's because the starting price is about $9.98 too high.
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    Whoa! Isn't that Kay's ultra-rare "El Primitivo" model, the bane of Shermgel Devestators everywhere?
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    Yes, somebody wanted to make it look like a rseonator. That bridge is a real work of art!

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    Sold for $9.99 plus $21.99 shipping, which in my opinion is close to overpaying....

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    It’s worth that just for the thrill of finding out what’s underneath the hubcap.

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    This is the first time I've seen a "Lincoln log" used as a bridge, lol!
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    Default Re: Vintage KAY Mandolin

    Quote Originally Posted by EdHanrahan View Post
    Whoa! Isn't that Kay's ultra-rare "El Primitivo" model, the bane of Shermgel Devestators everywhere?
    Completely opposite ends of the mandolin spectrum -- from the sublime to the ridiculous...

    Interesting, the faux resonator instruments that keep cropping up. We probably forget that 75 or so years ago, a resonator cover plate was evidence of a top-quality instrument; Nationals sold for higher prices than Martins then. So, stick something like a cover plate over the wooden top of your Kay or Harmony, and you've increased its possible market value -- or you think you have. Now, it just seems, well, "ridiculous."
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