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    Default Stradolin Waverly/Tortoisehell Fancy Tailpiece

    These are rare and this one comes minus a mandolin that might be superfluous!

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/11543517772...temCondition=4

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    Wow, do you think it's really worth that much?!? That's a fair portion of what I paid for my whole mandolin only 2 years ago.

    I feel like this represents mando-inflation and that SOL should be the regular folks' vintage mandolin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue Rieter View Post
    Wow, do you think it's really worth that much?!? That's a fair portion of what I paid for my whole mandolin only 2 years ago.

    I feel like this represents mando-inflation and that SOL should be the regular folks' vintage mandolin.
    Only if you're missing the cover and your Strad-O-Lin pickguard matches the tailpiece cover. In past years plain Waverly style tailpieces have gone for up to $90.00. I don't see the price as crazy. The matching set is nice to have.
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    For posterity:
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    I wonder if this is the same one discussed in this other thread: Junk Late 40s A50- Bonus S-O-L Tailpiece! Final price on that was $361 after 27 bids. Opening bid for this tailpiece/cover is $125.
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    From time to time there are junk mandolins with good cases or rare parts and that Gibson A-50 was just such an example. Of course, we will never know if this tailpiece is from that sale- the buyer of that Gibson might be unaware of the provenance of the tailpiece. I bought what appeared to be a wrecked early 1920s Regal made Wards Concertone guitar. It had Waverly Fleur de Lys tuners as used by Martin circa 1920 on it- clearly not original and I believe these tuners are now made by Stew Mac again. Anyway, the guitar had been through a "redneck restoration" and I only had to re-glue the bridge and it has really low action and plays well- and despite only being nearly 13 inches wide it sounds great and cost very little. I have removed those tuners and now have some others in their place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue Rieter View Post
    I wonder if this is the same one discussed in this other thread: Junk Late 40s A50- Bonus S-O-L Tailpiece! Final price on that was $361 after 27 bids. Opening bid for this tailpiece/cover is $125.
    That's not the same tailpiece. The one on the Junk A40 was more like the tiger stripe of mine. This one doesn't have the same markings. This image is from the Junk A 40 listing.
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    Wow, there's quite a bit of variation in these. The OP cover isn't really like mine, either.

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    Do you think the appearance, stripy vs. mottled, is related to the year it came from?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue Rieter View Post
    Wow, there's quite a bit of variation in these. The OP cover isn't really like mine, either.

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    Do you think the appearance, stripy vs. mottled, is related to the year it came from?
    It could be or it could be batches within the same year. I'm sure that whomever manufactured them, either the builder or a jobber, sold them as a matched set. I would love to know about the rivets they used. They are really delicate little things.
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    The eBay listing has vanished- nothing in the sold section.

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    If they removed the auction because they sold it locally it wouldn't show up as sold. I would guess that might be the case. That's why I like to grab pictures for posterity
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    Default Re: Stradolin Waverly/Tortoisehell Fancy Tailpiece

    It was removed because it violated eBay posting guidelines and someone reported it.

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    Default Re: Stradolin Waverly/Tortoisehell Fancy Tailpiece

    Quote Originally Posted by Sue Rieter View Post
    Wow, do you think it's really worth that much?!? That's a fair portion of what I paid for my whole mandolin only 2 years ago.
    I'm pretty sure I mentioned that you got a good deal.

    The 1930s Era Faux Tortoiseshell Brown Celluloid Mandolin Tailpiece is back on eBay https://www.ebay.com/itm/11543945654...mis&media=COPY

    I would say it's overpriced... except for this... https://www.ebay.com/itm/16553823620...mis&media=COPY

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    Well, it has sold for $125!

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    Default Re: Stradolin Waverly/Tortoisehell Fancy Tailpiece

    That was pretty fast, so I guess it settles the value question.
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    Default Re: Stradolin Waverly/Tortoisehell Fancy Tailpiece

    Hense the selling phrase " try to find another".

    Other rare finds are the tailpiece covers to Gibson trap door banjos and Lyon and Healy style A mandolins. The L&H tailpiece covers have gone for over hundreds of dollars.
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    A bunch of stuff with four strings

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    Default Re: Stradolin Waverly/Tortoisehell Fancy Tailpiece

    Then there is this craziness from Japan...

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/11544257252...Cclp%3A2047675

    Sigh
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