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    Thanks for the thread link. It seems that the consensus is that this one is okay, not a bargain, at the asking price. I don't think it was mentioned whether there was an original case or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jim simpson View Post
    Thanks for the thread link. It seems that the consensus is that this one is okay, not a bargain, at the asking price. I don't think it was mentioned whether there was an original case or not.
    Hi Jim,
    I'm the OP from the other thread about this Gibson. No, there was not an original case, although it did include a modern hard shell case.

    If you could get the owner to part with it for $1000, I would definitely jump on it. It's in beautiful condition.

    How does it sound? It was fine, but with old strings and no recent play time, who really knows? Could be great; if not, it definitely has the nice old classic Gibson sound like any other.

    If you buy it, I'd love to know how much it "opens up"....

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    New candidate:
    http://williamsport.craigslist.org/msg/3982819013.html

    The custom tailpiece cover doubles as a salad plate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    New candidate:
    http://williamsport.craigslist.org/msg/3982819013.html

    The custom tailpiece cover doubles as a salad plate.
    Only $28K for a '53 Gibson F-5...............dream, til the day is through............dream, the whole night too. I'd love to hear the story on that tailpiece.....

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    I wonder how they came up with those prices. They are about 4 times the price of what these instruments might sell for. I guess you could chalk it up to "it doesn't hurt to ask".

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    The mandolin is worth the price alone for the tailpiece!
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    Ambitious. Mid/late 70s Gibson for $6,500.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1977-GIBSON-...item232e16c863

    My first mandolin in the late 70s was a loaner almost exactly like this. I was thinking, gee, mandolins are kind of cool but they have no sound, no projection, can't be heard. Problem was that particular model. Once I got ahold of a decent instrument I understood. Not Gibson's finest period.

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    Whoa, that price on the '53 F-5...it does have the cooleo brown/pink case, though.

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    Here ya go ... $2,150 for a Fender FM52E:

    http://medford.craigslist.org/msg/4052858914.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    Here ya go ... $2,150 for a Fender FM52E:

    http://medford.craigslist.org/msg/4052858914.html
    Damn, I just got hosed. I just sold my for $75.

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    Sometimes when people don't know stuff they really don't know. This guy probably saw a '57 Mandocaster for 2g's + and thought he hit the jackpot -I mean,it is a Fender electric mandolin--aren't they all the same?

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    For the person who has everything:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/251330233893

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    Yes but your paying for the original "alligator skin" case ----and from the original alligator probably at that price!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bratsche View Post
    For the person who has everything:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/251330233893

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    Quote Originally Posted by bratsche View Post
    For the person who has everything:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/251330233893

    bratsche
    Those show up on eBay about every 17 years or so.

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    Hey that cicada is playing an Embergher!
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    Ah, yes, it's the rare 18 karat, 4-string mandolin with a half-inch scale, made by elusive Embergher elves! No wonder it's so costly!

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    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/VINTAGE-A...-/141063383205

    BIN price not all that high, but sheesh it's a horror show
    Hereby & forthwith, any instrument with an odd number of strings shall be considered broken. With regard to mix levels, usually the best approach is treating the mandolin the same as a cowbell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Milne View Post
    sheesh it's a horror show
    "Mostly original" - just look at the tuners. This must have been repaired a hundred times since it was transported to Van Diemen's Land for offending ugliness...
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    Location is Indiana US.
    If its going to be shipped down under to Van Diemen's land I ain't gunna be the one to facilitate it.
    Hereby & forthwith, any instrument with an odd number of strings shall be considered broken. With regard to mix levels, usually the best approach is treating the mandolin the same as a cowbell.

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    However it is a prime example of a rare faked grain finish...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Milne View Post
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/VINTAGE-A...-/141063383205

    BIN price not all that high, but sheesh it's a horror show
    Did they find that thing 5 feet under the foundation of their house? It's either that, or they dug it out of a fire.

    I live this part: "TO A GOOD LUTHIER, THIS IS RESTORABLE." I'd beg to differ. The top is wrecked, the back is wreck, I assume the neck is trash, the tuners, fretboard, frets, tailpiece, bridge, braces are all garbage. Restoring this would require replacing the entire thing piece by piece and at that point you really aren't restoring it, you're building a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Milne View Post
    BIN price not all that high, but sheesh it's a horror show
    Normally I'd say it would be a better wall decoration than anything else, but in this case not even.

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    OK, I want to know who the 1 person watching this auction is....
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