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    Registered User rnjl's Avatar
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    Default Interesting early Flatiron on Reverb

    Hi all, this showed up in my Reverb feed:

    https://reverb.com/item/62869016-fla...-1980-sunburst

    I've never seen a Flatiron pancake mandolin have F holes like that. It's missing a Flatiron logo on the headstock but the shape of the headstock seems like other early Flatiron flattops I've seen. I used to own a flattop Flatiron way back in the 80's but then upgraded to an 80's A5-1 which I still have.

    The owner posted a video in which he shows of another early Flatiron flattop with F holes which does have the Flatiron logo. What's interesting is that to me, the shape isn't quite the same as the round sound hole pancake models, it's a little more oval shaped, near as I can tell.

    I've been a Flatiron aficionado for what, almost 40 years now? and never knew about these.

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    Default Re: Interesting early Flatiron on Reverb

    A pox upon those tailpieces!
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    2007 Hester A5
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    Default Re: Interesting early Flatiron on Reverb

    There was one on eBay that sold recently. They seem to be rare. Have seen the catalog showing them, but never one in person.

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    Default Re: Interesting early Flatiron on Reverb

    There is a long running thread, maybe the longest running thread on the Mandolin Cafe about these Flatiron Pancake Mandolins. It’s many pages long but there are pics of these Flatirons with the F holes. Pretty uncommon for sure.

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