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    New poster here, got a bunch of mandolins from an estate sale. Looking for pricing and info on them seems as tho i canít find much, Iíll post pictures on here of what I have, thank you Click image for larger version. 

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    Nice score. Of the mandolins shown, the Apitius F-5's are a very desirable, professional grade instrument. Oliver is active building, his website is here...

    http://apitiusmandolins.com/

    The two point Pheonix mandolin is also a professional grade instrument and has value.

    I would contact Oliver Apitius and see if he can tell you more about what you have.

    Except for the Michael Kelley mandolin ( that has some value) I am unfamiliar with the others.
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    The blond F4 sure looks like a Cricket Fiddle instrument built by TJ. They're very nice imo. More info here:
    https://www.cricketfiddle.com/
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    Chuck I would think that's more of an F2? and yes a beauty, I wonder how she sounds and plays.
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    Probably Tim. I tend to use F4 as a generic "oval hole with a scroll" term.
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    Looks like the last one is a Trinity College. Octave mandolin or mandola. They're decent quality imports. The Fleur De Lis headstock would indicate that it's an earlier model, maybe made in Korea? They tend to go fro 400-800ish used. More info:
    https://www.sagamusic.com/products/m...inity-college/
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    I can’t quite make out the logo on the arched OM but it looks like Girouard to me.
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    Yes. That is a Girouard Octave Mandolin. I was able to enlarge the photo.

    http://www.girouardmandolins.com/mod...d-pricing.html
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    Looks like nice stuff! You may want to list the maker, model, serial number and country of manufacture for us to review. I have no idea of value, but some people here might.

    I did notice the previous owner had cats and liked to leave his case open while he played.....
    hard to remove with a vacuum, but I've found taking 2-inch wide packaging tape will get it up, something like a lint roller on steroids!

    Nice score!

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    Wow! What an estate sale! The first mandolin, the Auburn, is from a West Virginia builder. http://www.unionvalleybluegrass.com/about-us.html
    I sold one earlier for the widow of a late friend of mine. A friend purchased it and it quite happy with it. The build is Gene Burgey from Newark, WV. I don't believe he has a facebook page or website.
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    You have some very nice mandolins and a few worth quite a bit of money. If you are not familiar with mandolins, you might want to contact a couple of the site sponsors and consider consigning with them. All of the site sponsors are top notch reputable dealers and would treat you fairly. They would be familiar with the instruments, could look them over, recommend anything that might be necessary to have them ready to sell. They would know how to price and market instruments. They would have a following and a show room where someone could play them. They could possibly get enough more for the instrument to cover any consignment fee, especially if you price one or two incorrectly.

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    I want one!!

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    Thanks for the quick info! I’ll be glad to post the serial numbers of what I have and yes he did have cats, they will also be for sale in time, he was an older gentleman that loved his mandolins, also had a couple banjos and some guitars,

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    All I had for serial numbers that I could find, I will say the darker apritius is a 2001 apritius grand classic f5,

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    Wow. Those are all nice instruments. Only the last two are factory instruments and even they appear to be decent condition, marketable instruments. Most have significant value. The problem is they may take some time to sell because there is a limited market for high quality instruments.

    If you are looking to play them then you did extremely well.

    If you are looking to turn and sell them then the suggestion to find a reputable high end retailer to work with might be the best path because they have people coming to them looking for instruments. They might sell in a year what would take a private individual five years.

    It would be interesting to see the banjos and guitars also.

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    I imagine you will be getting a few PM's regarding these instruments, good luck in the future.

    Do you play mandolin? Will you be keeping one (or two) for yourself?
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    Thereís the rest minus a guild acoustic and a violin, he played the banjos more than anything, and then thereís one old weird instrument that I have no idea about, itís the big black one
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    I do not play, I might keep one that I like, but I’d rather someone else enjoy them that actually knows the true value

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    I also have contacted Oliver Apitius about his two mandolins and he was very helpful, thanks everyone for the idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wood2010 View Post
    There’s the rest minus a guild acoustic and a violin, he played the banjos more than anything, and then there’s one old weird instrument that I have no idea about, it’s the big black one
    Looks like a hammered dulcimer.
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    That’s right, I’ve been hearing that but never knew which one it was, he actually has two of them

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    I must be going to the wrong estate sales......

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    The Martin guitar appears to be a standard issue HD-28. I believe used ones are running in the $2500 - $3000 range these days.

    The banjos were made by Jimmy Cox. He is a quality builder. www.coxbanjos.com

    The resonator guitar with the spruce top is a Scheerhorn Rob Ickes model. I believe that yours is the version built by National Resophonic. Current retail for a new one is $4900. A used one would bring somewhat less.

    The value of the Bourgeois guitar depends partly on the exact model when it was made-- the company has gone through several changes over the years. But they have always been instruments of high quality. Until late 2019, all were US built. Since then, they have introduced a model line called the Touchstone that is partially assembled in Asia. A Touchstone model will bring less than a model built completely in the US. Their website is www.bourgeoisguitars.com. They would be able to help you determine the model of your guitar and when it was made. Since the variety of wood used for the back and sides also has a sginificant effect on the value of the guitar, a picture of the back and also one of the label would be very helpful here.

    I do not recognize the maker of the oval hole "gypsy jazz guitar." There have been several builders of these over the years; the value and quality of these instruments varies depending on the maker. If you can furnish the brand, it will be helpful.

    I do not recognize the builder of the resonator guitar with the brown top.

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    Looks like a Dusty Strings Hammered Dulcimer. They're well regarded instruments made in Seattle. Looks like one of their simpler models (fancier dulcimers will have 3 or more bridges and/or dampers)

    Info here:
    https://manufacturing.dustystrings.c...ered-dulcimers
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    Congratulations to you. It looks like you hit the jackpot!

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