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    Heres a fixer-upper on eBay. Seller is a bit misinformed. https://www.ebay.com/itm/13442352005...mis&media=COPY

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    Pretty much all there, except for the end broken off the pickguard [which may or may not be deteriorating].
    Probably built circa 1924.
    Appears to be worth fixing.
    Expect a repair bill of several hundred dollars to get her up and running.

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    Yes, ‘15 is far too early. My guess would be ‘22 or ‘23 and the case looks 1960s.

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    Bound soundboard, double soundhole ring, binding front and back ... it's an A2, no?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    Bound soundboard, double soundhole ring, binding front and back ... it's an A2, no?
    Yes
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    Even with all its issues, and the additional repair costs, the current price of $600 makes it tempting. But with 9+ days till auction end, it could easily end up going for two or three times that. Sigh ...
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    Yeah, priced right for a project but may not stay there.
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    It might have been listed in "This Week's Mandolin That Will Get Plenty Of Bids & A Buyer." I reckon that it will be like that A-4 with a price that will be similar to one without any issues. It does look like a great mandolin once it has had some attention and as discussed is probably 1923/1924 with those arrow end tuners and snakehead. I imagine with a little ingenuity, that pickguard could be repaired, as well. Many days to go so I expect after a while there will be a lull and the craziness will manifest in the last 30 seconds.

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    It still has the pickguard clamp as well. Too bad it doesn't have the original case but hey, it looks like a worthwhile project as long as the price doesn't get stupid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    ………..it looks like a worthwhile project as long as the price doesn't get stupid.
    No chance of that happening
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    What do you think of the seller's remark "The neck is oddly spaced further away from the body than I would expect" ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ntone View Post
    What do you think of the seller's remark "The neck is oddly spaced further away from the body than I would expect" ?
    I take that as a reference to the elevated fretboard.
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    Well, today's the day. Bid price shot up to just shy of $1200 three days ago, stayed the same since. Got half a day left, see what happens.
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    Either it's reached its plateau, or there will be a last minute flurry ...
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    $2247 snipe at the end! Crazy last second jump of $900 odd!

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    Someone overpaid!
    Here's another one on craigslist (the guy is listing it once in Northhampton, MA and again in Brattleboro, VT) for $1400. https://westernmass.craigslist.org/m...572316857.html

    I'd consider it if I didn't have my quiver of mandolins full! Someone close by should take a look ...

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    I've looked at that one on CL a few times. Looks to need some attention, but not as much as the ebay one.
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    It wasn't a bad fix, but a lot of money for a mandolin that needs work
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    Yep. It surpassed my final price estimate 2-3 times the opening price by a good bit, nearly four times that $600. Hope the new owner has deep pockets with a willingness to turn themselves inside out. Might push the outlay over $3000 before it's over, unless it's a DIY project.
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    Ya know, when I see stuff like this on the auction websites, I sorta suspect shill bidders along with uninformed buyers with deep pockets.

    At any rate, the buyer is likely to come out upside-down on the value of the instrument after the repairs are executed. Even if he does the work himself and does a really good job, he'll probably make only minimum wage for the repair work.

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    But, it's a Lloyd Loar Era Snakehead A2...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ntone View Post
    But, it's a Lloyd Loar Era Snakehead A2...
    Yep, and it would have been a great price for a playable mandolin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue Rieter View Post
    I've looked at that one on CL a few times. Looks to need some attention, but not as much as the ebay one.
    Have you looked at this one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pheffernan View Post
    Ha ha, no I hadn't seen that yet this morning. I was really just kicking tires but that's kind of tempting (you instigator!). He's less than an hour from me, and a Cafe denizen as well.
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