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    This one is on Facebook Marketplace. condition listed as "fair". It IS only $20, but still...
    It ain't gotta be perfect, as long as it's perfect enough!

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    This one is on Facebook Marketplace. condition listed as "fair". It IS only $20, but still...

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    That looks like archaeological artifact, I wonder what its provenience was.

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    This one is on Facebook Marketplace. condition listed as "fair". It IS only $20, but still...
    You could easily upgrade it to Fair+ with a damp cloth.......

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    Oh, and notice "case not included".
    A pet peeve of mine, showing the case in the ad, but not including it (in the fine print.) I've also had it happen in person, buying a guitar, negotiating a price, THEN the seller mentions "case not included" when it is clearly the original case and GOES with the guitar! What's up with that? I suspect there is something deep and psychologically wrong with a person who separates cases from instruments.....maybe they dream of having their own pawn shop! (full of caseless guitars and guitarless cases......)
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    Anyone else think a 1960s Gibson for $7,900 is a tad high?

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    Anyone else think a 1960s Gibson for $7,900 is a tad high?

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    That's getting close to "Duane Eddy mandolin money!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Mando View Post
    ...maybe they dream of having their own pawn shop! (full of caseless guitars and guitarless cases......)


    I totally lost it, Jeff. The way you summed up that rant struck my funny bone; hilarious use of the English language. Lucky I didn't have a mouth full of coffee or Mountain Dew when I read that one.
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    That's getting close to "Duane Eddy mandolin money!"
    His prices always seem high. Right now he's got a Kalamazoo flat top mando for $1,392 or thereabouts. Of course, I don't know if the customs fees and all the proper CITIES paperwork is included in that price.
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    Lovely Jon Mann 5-string electric on CL ... but why is it $300 more than Jon charges for a new one?

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    It “.......could be a collectors piece”!

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    It 'could be a collector's piece' . . . and I 'could be the King of Spain' - but neither is likely.

    I suspect that I, and even my kids and/or grandchildren, will be long dead by the time that mandolin is worth almost $8,000.

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    Reminds me of a story on UK national radio a few years ago when people were asked if they had met any interesting people.

    A journalist said he’d been talking to a man in an airport departure lounge and the man asked what he did for a living. “I’m a journalist” he said, “What do you do?”. “Oh, I’m the King of Spain” came the reply.

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    ...A journalist said he’d been talking to a man in an airport departure lounge and the man asked what he did for a living. “I’m a journalist” he said, “What do you do?”. “Oh, I’m the King of Spain” came the reply.
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    A lovely well-patinaed 1916 Martin Brazilian rosewood mandolin. Seriously overpriced at $7000 though, IMHO. At least the seller is honest about testing the waters with this price. I do love the "feather" pickguard.
    I’m going out on a limb here with the price and I have no idea if I'm asking too much, but I feel it's a remarkable piece of history.

    If anyone has any insight or information on this item, please share with me.
    The interesting part is that the Martin A, first made in 1914, had BRW back and sides until 1917 when it was changed to mahogany.
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    Yes, it does seem massively overpriced. I have recently bought a 1939 Regal Custom Mandolin that retailed for $50- about the same as an A50- that has a rosewood body and a craved top- it is oval hole, for $350. There was an offer button but I went for it. It appears to be in good order with just a few tweaks needed. I hope I am not being over-optimistic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickR View Post
    Yes, it does seem massively overpriced. I have recently bought a 1939 Regal Custom Mandolin that retailed for $50- about the same as an A50- that has a rosewood body and a craved top- it is oval hole, for $350. There was an offer button but I went for it. It appears to be in good order with just a few tweaks needed. I hope I am not being over-optimistic!
    This one on eBay? Antique Regal Custom Built Mandolin

    I don't know why they call it custom built. Looks like a model 255 from this 1939 catalog page (see below).

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    Yes, that's it. I suppose the word Custom was all the rage back then! I have in fact also bought another Regal mandolin from 1939 which may be repairable for $50. However, it shares the same shape of pickguard and I can use it as a pattern to make a new celluloid tortoiseshell guard- the guard is plain black. In fact, the mandolin is a Wards version of the f hole mandolin shown in that 1939 catalogue page which features the model 255. I am hopeful I can fix it- it is complete.



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    I have a real weakness for 2-point oval hole mandolins - but not weak enough to drop nearly $400 on that one.

    The search continues . . . .

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    Yup, that little old Regal shop in Chicago was turning out a whole lot of them custom mandolins...
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    Not “custom built” and neither is it yet “antique” but at least it’s not “rare”!

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    I am surprised it was not "rare" in the auction- although I have not seen many advertised for sale- there was one on Reverb for $695- I don't know if that price was realised. As the model probably debuted in 1939, the chances are that the run was curtailed with WW2, I think it is rare by the usual Regal standards. I have seen more of the earlier version that does not sport the big block inlays. I am hoping with a carved top and oval hole that it is going to sound good- if not, it will be a shame but it is always a bit of a gamble. The other one is also a gamble but the tuners, guard and bridge are worth more than the price but I hope to make it play. It may find itself with some late 30s Kluson tuners- like this Regal Custom- as I need the Waverly items which is partly why I have gone for it. If it plays, I will be back in the game of "hunt the cloud cover" once again! Here is the label that mentions CUSTOM- for those that are sceptical!


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    Not . . . yet “antique” . . .
    Judging from the pictures - if there is anyone out there who collects antique strings, this might be the mandolin for them . . . it almost looks like those could be the originals!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray(T) View Post
    Reminds me of a story on UK national radio a few years ago when people were asked if they had met any interesting people.

    A journalist said he’d been talking to a man in an airport departure lounge and the man asked what he did for a living. “I’m a journalist” he said, “What do you do?”. “Oh, I’m the King of Spain” came the reply.
    Funny. Years ago (1970's or early 80's), when security wasn't what it is today, I came out of Union (train) Station in Toronto, and saw cops all over the place. I asked one what was going on, and he told me that in a few minutes, King Juan Carlos of Spain would be arriving at the Royal York Hotel, across the street. I crossed over, and, from only a few feet away, watched the king enter the hotel. He was an ordinary-looking fellow, dressed in a military uniform -- no crown. That story sounds believable to me. Sadly, my encounter, unlike the journalist's, didn't leave me with a punchline. (Today, I'd probably be hauled off for showing too much curiousity.)
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    I have one of these—my only Regal instrument—which needs some help. I got it pretty cheap though. I have no real expectations that it will blow me away with tone, but I love the look and it has the original oddball and definitely custom case. It is in the queue for restoration. Too bad that the pickguard crystallized with that scratched in castle image. An upper-end reverse scroll.
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