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    This ones got me stumped.
    # # # # # Vega #F4
    It's run a couple of times with no takers. I don't need another oval hole, but is a grand to much ?
    What's the history on this type Vega?
    Inquiring minds want to know #
    # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # #B.Pat



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    Hi Pat,

    Not an expert on those, but the great big hole in the scroll side means I for one wouldn't buy it. It may be easy to repair, or very difficult... It's a bit like these Snakeheads that sometimes come up for $1K, with heavy repairs needed...

    I'm intrigued by your recent queries about F4s my friend...
    Will #12 be Andy's first?


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    Hey Germain,
    What "Big Hole" I thought that was one of those fancy "Side Ports" like you see on some Monteleones.
    oh, and yes #12 will be F4 style.
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    The headstock says "made in Japan in the 80's" to me. Looks a lot like my old Japanese Epiphone F-5.

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    definately Japan..late 70's to mid 80's
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    Martin acquired the Vega name and then, in 1979, sold it to an outfit called Galaxy, in California, who licensed it out to a variety of Asian builders. I suspect one of them put this one together. It looks to be better than the worst of the Asians to carry the Vega name but it's hard to say without trying it how good it is. A grand seems steep to me in its present condition. A fall hard enough to put a divot like that in the scroll may well have caused other damage, like to the neck joint. Hands-on inspection might reveal it to be a great little instrument for the price but I wouldn't bet a grand on it without an opportunity to play it before paying. If it sounds good, then eBay is the wrong way to be selling it. It should be in a bricks-and-mortar location where people can experience its virtues more directly. The banner headline, PHENOMENAL VEGA MANDOLIN LIKE GIBSON F-5 LOYD LOAR doesn't do much to inspire confidence, either.
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    It's always fun to unearth a 12 year old thread...

    So there's one of these purported 1980s Japanese F4s up for sale now on the large online auction forum. The mandolin looks really nice and is, so far, really cheap. Perhaps the bidders know something I don't. Anyone ever hear of these or have any general comments on their sound? Thanks!
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    I have been watching the same mandolin, looks nice but I know nothing about it
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    It's been removed now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darrylicshon View Post
    I have been watching the same mandolin, looks nice but I know nothing about it
    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hanson View Post
    It's been removed now.
    I think he is referring to this current listing on eBay: Vega Mandolin F Style. I had one a few years ago and paid little for it so gave it away to a poorish student who wanted to play mandolin. It was worth slightly more than the money I made on it.

    It is always nice to post at least a link when you are referring to something offsite. Here's a pic of this:

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    Ibanez 70's 524, 521, 3 511's,2 512's,513,1 514,3 80s 513's, 522
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    Quote Originally Posted by darrylicshon View Post
    Phew! That was not easy. Your link went up to the first post on this thread, not to eBay. Try this one: Vega F4 Mandolin.

    It does look nice but I would guess that it went for about what it is worth (maybe), especially with this: "The only condition issue is that the top has flattened out/sunk and caused a small crack in the oval sound hole at the fingerboard. I tried to show this in the pictures. Ask if you need more. It's been this way at least since 2001."

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    I think it went way more than I would pay , of course I didn't put a bid down
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    J Bovier F5-T custom shop
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