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    Quote Originally Posted by (trevor @ May 25 2006, 12:23)
    I just took in a Wurltizer mandolin. I will post some photos, but it might be a day or two.
    It a beautiful instrument with Walnut back and sides, very different from the Martin style shown above.
    Psst...that's not a Martin shown above.

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    He said "Martin style" as in it was similar to a Martin but not a Martin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by (DiegoMoon @ May 25 2006, 22:46)
    He said "Martin style" as in it was similar to a Martin but not a Martin.
    Well, my implication was that I personally wouldn't refer to the type as "Martin style." Martin made several mandolin types and a lot of makers made flat mandolins with canted tops. I however was trying to use fewer and perhaps slightly more amusing words. Ah well.

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    Three photos of my Wurlitzer mando below. It came from Dan Beimborn of The Mandolin Archive http://www.mandolinarchive.com/

    Dan says "it's a "Weymann mandolute", though the labels
    may read wurlizter" Dan is the man on these things..



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    It has the overhanging edges like a 'lute, and I'm pretty sure the back is Koa
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    Here's a mandolute from ebay a while back..
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    As Dan implies, it looks kinda Weymann-like to me too.

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    Well, these mandolutes are nice looking instruments, admittedly stoking my MAS. I have a Weymann bowlback that I like quite a bit, but Trevor, yours is really quite a beauty. How does it sound?

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    Mick,
    Its hard to describe sound but here's my best shot.
    It is surprisingly loud, the bass notes are very round and warm but not what I think of as woody. The mids and highs are sweet, in fact sweet is a good word for the overall tone...
    I would think it ideal for folk and classical.
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    Martin definitely made Mandos for Wurlitzer c1923... and they definitely have a Martin stamp as well.
    This has been confirmed by Martin historian Greg Hutton, and I have seen one!

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    I believe that Wurlitzer (translates literally from the German as “whistle box”) specialised in producing organs. There were a few of their branded guitars around in the 1970s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aadvark View Post
    Martin definitely made Mandos for Wurlitzer c1923... and they definitely have a Martin stamp as well.
    This has been confirmed by Martin historian Greg Hutton, and I have seen one!
    Not a secret and very well documented. Wurlitzer was a distributor, they had many different people making instruments. The Martin's are unique in that they have the Wurlitzer label and the Martin stamp as well. I'm assuming they were selling them at a premium.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aadvark View Post
    Martin definitely made Mandos for Wurlitzer c1923... and they definitely have a Martin stamp as well.
    This has been confirmed by Martin historian Greg Hutton, and I have seen one!
    FWIW, you responded to a 14-year old thread.....

    Not that the info isn't still valid, but doubtful the OP will ever see your response.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Mando View Post
    FWIW, you responded to a 14-year old thread.....

    Not that the info isn't still valid, but doubtful the OP will ever see your response.....
    Wow. How time flies....

    The Weyman bowlback I was referring to just a few posts above is long gone....sold off to a fellow in Switzerland of all places.
    Embarrassed to say I kind of forgot about it. It was a decent enough player. Why a Swiss bub would want it I have no idea.

    I do still have a mighty Wurlitzer-labeled, Vega-made "Leland Brilliantone" style mandolin. It has a mahogany back unlike the rosewood used on the Leland labeled.
    Nice instrument but lacks a little of that tonal crispness I like from the RW flat backs.

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