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    Default Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Recently there was a thread started by a person who had a big collection of high end instruments including guitars and along with that most of these each had their own Calton cases. Very impressive for sure. I have a feeling that his Calton collection was worth more than many people’s instrument collections.
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    Default Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    I guess one person's dream is another person's nightmare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickbella View Post
    I was amazed that anyone would ask $1,200 for a mandolin case. At first, I thought the poster meant $120. But when I double-checked --- REALLY?!
    They’re listed in the classifieds here as well:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/202316#202316

    They are NOS of an item no longer being made from a labor of love by the late Bill Collings. They are a luxury item and not required to make beautiful music, much like Waverly tuners, James tailpieces, Blue Chip picks, and so many other accessories we fetishize in these parts. But they likewise are a great expression of their design and have many fans, including our site owner (and me).
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    Default Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Gollum is selling his Precious, apparently.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/404337478146
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    Default Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Well, the re-finished red plain A [misidentified as an A-2] that was being offered on reverb for 10K, later reduced to $8500, has been reduced again to $4250. Maybe after another 2 years with no sale, they'll knock another thousand off it, then wait another 2 years before they list it for $1000 and maybe get a couple of offers.

    Or maybe pigs will fly.

    Or maybe some poor soul who doesn't know anything about mandolins will read their attempt at a slick description and buy it for their mate or other family member for a gift. I hope not.

    Anyway, the market value of a refinished plain A might be $750 +/-.


    https://reverb.com/item/47200281-one...dge-saddle?bk=

    And why on earth I wasted the time to type out that link, I'll never know.
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    Default Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    Gollum is selling his Precious, apparently.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/404337478146
    Strange the store is asking that much. (FWIW, it's an A Jr. priced at $4k). Doesn't appear other items from them are overpriced. But, yes, that is very wishful thinking.

    Unusual in that it has the older style tuners. Not something I'd expect. Everything looks stock though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    Gollum is selling his Precious, apparently.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/404337478146
    Brand: Northfield?!?!?!

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    Default Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    Gollum is selling his Precious, apparently.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/404337478146
    A 3 piece soundboard of very wide grain? Makes me think this was one of the cheaper models. If it's as old as it looks it might still have a great sound though.
    In my experience grain that wide is better used on instruments that will use the additional bass response, not mandolins.
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