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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Gunter View Post
    Ah, maybe so, but this one is vintage!
    So are coprolites, begging the question "vintage what?" Maybe the seller needs some slack. She is in a small village in the middle of nowhere in North Carolina. Maybe she just doesn have the requisite sophistication needed to asses such an instrument for resale. Going by some of the dreck on eBay, such errors can be understood. At very worst, she simply isn't going to sell that, err, item.
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    Floating a trial balloon, just in case the item has unexpected value.
    Alas, no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Moss View Post
    Maybe the seller needs some slack . . Maybe she just doesn't have the requisite sophistication needed to asses . . .
    I have to laugh to myself when I read this.

    I got my first guitar (acoustic) when I was 15. It was a hand-me-down that my uncle found left behind in his garage when he bought a new house. The guitar had a bridge that was badly lifted off the top, the area over the top of the the sound hole was sunken, the top and back were both separating from the body, the neck was badly bowed, and one of the string tuners was substantially bent. I was so proud of my new guitar . . . until a family friend, who was a top-notch classical guitarist, looked it over and very nicely tried to tell me it was a piece of junk.

    We all have to learn . . . somehow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeZito View Post
    I have to laugh to myself when I read this.

    I got my first guitar (acoustic) when I was 15. It was a hand-me-down that my uncle found left behind in his garage when he bought a new house. The guitar had a bridge that was badly lifted off the top, the area over the top of the the sound hole was sunken, the top and back were both separating from the body, the neck was badly bowed, and one of the string tuners was substantially bent. I was so proud of my new guitar . . . until a family friend, who was a top-notch classical guitarist, looked it over and very nicely tried to tell me it was a piece of junk.

    We all have to learn . . . somehow.
    You don't learn by being right.

    When I was 20 I acquired a Gibson SG from an acquaintance who owed me $35 (1978). Knowing what a Gibson was, I still traded it for a pair of rubbish car speakers later that summer. Now I did many foolish things in my youth, but that one is right up there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Moss View Post
    When I was 20 I acquired a Gibson SG from an acquaintance who owed me $35 (1978). Knowing what a Gibson was, I still traded it for a pair of rubbish car speakers later that summer. Now I did many foolish things in my youth, but that one is right up there.
    My favorite (but pretty sad) SG story:

    Back in the 1970's a former co-worker had a BEAUTIFUL SG. He was playing in his living room one night when the phone rang. Instead of putting the guitar on a stand, or back in the case - he leaned it against the sofa and stepped over it. As you can guess, he tripped while stepping over the guitar and snapped the neck in half. The REAL kicker in this story is that when he answered the phone, it was a bill collector!

    Ouch!

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    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kentucky-KM...YAAOSwmBdbhfkX


    Kentucky KM-150 Standard A-model Mandolin - Sunburst
    $795.19
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    That's $200 higher than the MSRP

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    saw this listing mentioned in this forum about a year and a half ago- originally $50,000.00 still there though slightly lower price
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vol-1-No-1-...d=262739880206
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sayer View Post
    saw this listing mentioned in this forum about a year and a half ago- originally $50,000.00 still there though slightly lower price
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vol-1-No-1-...d=262739880206
    With the bonus of free shipping but you have to go to Pittsburgh to get it.
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    Well...
    Yeah, no.
    To be fair he doesn’t say free shipping, he says free pick up.
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    Kentucky KM-150 Standard A-model Mandolin - Sunburst
    $795.19


    I just bought a new 150 for less than half that . Do you think they charge extra for setup?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sayer View Post
    saw this listing mentioned in this forum about a year and a half ago- originally $50,000.00 still there though slightly lower price
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vol-1-No-1-...d=262739880206
    Discounted from the prior price: $655.56 (10% off)

    Let's see... in about 20 years or so it might be at about the correct price. Amazing even if it were in mint and perfect condition it would not be worth that money. Calling it in poor condition would be over estimating. But wait, there is more!
    This magazine continues to page fourteen and then it jumps to a portion of page twenty three and twenty four. It continues with page twenty five to page thirty two. This magazine is missing pages thirty three and thirty four. It continues with thirty five and the thirty six, which is the back. This magazine is missing pages as stated above. Pages fifteen to pages twenty three are missing and twenty three and twenty four have a portion missing. Pages thirty three and thirty four are missing.
    I know we discussed this one out the wazoo but it is incredible. Even a fully mint Gibson catalog would not see for that much. Oh, well. Entertainment.
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    You only have to sell one.
    "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 MikeEdgerton View Post
    You only have to sell one.
    I am waiting for that one to sell and then I can put all ten of mine on eBay and clean up.
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    Sorry but someone had to do it........

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-UNUSUA...PHB:rk:29:pf:0
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    Sorry but someone had to do it........

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-UNUSUA...PHB:rk:29:pf:0
    Please warn me next time before you do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    Sorry but someone had to do it........

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-UNUSUA...PHB:rk:29:pf:0
    yeah but it does say bid with confidence ... confident of what?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Please warn me next time before you do that.
    Doh, I hope it is not a problem.
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    A bunch of stuff with four strings

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    I see the seller is from Canada. That was not revealed in the previous discussion of this instrument. So, how about a "Gibson" that was made in Italy for the Canadian market?.............I didn't think so, either.

    I still think the label looks phony......it would take a coupla minutes to create one like it on the computer. Paper looks intentionally aged, IMHO.

    Back is rosewood, which doesn't scream Gibson to me.....

    He was very careful not to call it a Gibson, but managed to get both Gibson and Virzi in the title to show up in searches....

    Lotsa disclaimers.....

    Instrument has cracks and previous repairs....

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    This is the same guy that posted here recently asking about this instrument correct?... I have a memory of this instrument in another thread...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    Sorry but someone had to do it........

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-UNUSUA...PHB:rk:29:pf:0
    Maybe something like this was involved...

    http://siminoff.net/virzi-tone-background/
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    The price is high given the condition and unknowns but otherwise it would be an interesting instrument for the collection. I would have gone the route of listing at $0.99 with a high reserve to get a better idea of what the market would pay.

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    Unfortunately the Cafe has probably given this instrument more value than it deserves. As much as we would like it to be some sort of holy grail there are just too many sketchy things going on here.
    "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 Roger Moss View Post
    Maybe something like this was involved...

    http://siminoff.net/virzi-tone-background/
    There's nothing remotely associated to this in the Siminoff article. That's not unknown information.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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

    This is a nice mandola but 10 K!?

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Vin...9Zy:rk:33:pf:0
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    A bunch of stuff with four strings

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