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    That's a beauty, Jim!

    I've mentioned before that Regal did have a pre-war custom shop that made giant archtop guitars that were the rivals of Gibson Super 400's and Strombergs. Look up Regal Prince guitar on Google. Anyway, almost bought one once -- super high quality archtop with an 18-inch bottom bout -- great peghead inlay, too.

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    Jim, here is Jake Widwood's review of one of these- a slightly undressed version but the same basic instrument. He reckons his is really good- so you may be in luck with its tone. I hope so.

    https://jakewildwood.blogspot.com/20...p-reverse.html

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    Here is a YouTube video of the Regal Prince. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=offpChSS7CA


    I notice in his book Bob Carlin shows a few "Custom Built" instruments so those who were being sniffy about this concept are ignoring the higher end models' existence. I seem to recall buying a Jimmie Vaughan album over 20 years ago that had him with his Regal Bob Cat on the cover.

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    Most of the Regal Prince guitars seem to date from 1938 to 1940. One of the big auction houses had one for sale a few years ago and they even gave the name of the luthier who built the guitar at the Regal custom shop. I don't recall his name, but I'm sure an hour or less of research would locate that info. Another Regal Prince was recently sold on Reverb with the notation that it was either played or owned by (can't remember which) Freddie Green of Count Basie's Orchestra.

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    I tracked it down- it was "played and owned" it mentioned in the listing by Freddie Green who was probably associated more with Stromberg guitars. However, it does remind us that some of the top end Chicago made instruments at that time were pretty damned good.

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    W-W-WOW! Rock the Casbah!

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    Jim, thatís so cool! Glad that it found a home and an owner who knows just how cool it really is!
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    Same with a Stradivari violin ! Everyone who owns a very old violin that has a Stradivari label inside of it has an original Stradivari ! Hard to convince them otherwise !
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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. 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.
    I emailed the seller the other day and he still thought it was worth what he was asking. Finally he lowered the price by $1250. Here is the eBay link, for entertainment value. Only $5750 hurry on down!
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    I emailed the seller the other day and he still thought it was worth what he was asking. Finally he lowered the price by $1250. Here is the eBay link, for entertainment value. Only $5750 hurry on down!
    Well, he's come out of the clouds a little bit.....

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    Jim, That reverse scroll is way cool - thanks for posting pix! I've been lusting after one of these for a while.

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    Here is one. Granted, not as good- but you can buy it from Mandolin Bros for $695 cash.

    http://mandoweb.com/Instruments/Mart...olin-1917/1866

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    Only $9,995 on Reverb and it can be yours.

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    Hmm. And no "make an offer" button. Guess they wanted to show it off. Can't see it selling at anything near that price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandolin Cafe View Post
    Only $9,995 on Reverb and it can be yours.
    That is a cool historic piece but again the asking price is about 10 times what it should be IMHO.

    My take is that this is from the seller's personal collection and he doesn't quite want to let it go for awhile or (again) is testing the H2Os.
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    The price isn't bad, but not sure what this six-string mandolin-shaped thing is:
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    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SMALL-MAN...D/383167194643

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobalt View Post
    The price isn't bad, but not sure what this six-string mandolin-shaped thing is:
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SMALL-MAN...D/383167194643
    This must be a toy. 14-1/2” and with that fret spacing is unplayable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    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.

    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I emailed the seller the other day and he still thought it was worth what he was asking. Finally he lowered the price by $1250. Here is the eBay link, for entertainment value. Only $5750 hurry on down!
    Now, down to $4,000.
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    How about this rare one of a kind Premier-Multivox mis-identified Faux Resonator Mandolin? Not a chance.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Premier-Mul...YAAOSwmuNcrwhj
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    How about this rare one of a kind Premier-Multivox mis-identified Faux Resonator Mandolin? Not a chance.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Premier-Mul...YAAOSwmuNcrwhj
    Even if the seller replaces the missing string?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    How about this rare one of a kind Premier-Multivox mis-identified Faux Resonator Mandolin? Not a chance.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Premier-Mul...YAAOSwmuNcrwhj
    Mugwumps says Premier is a Pepper trademark: Pepper, James W., Philadelphia, PA, 1890+. Strange that the seller contacted Martin, of all people. At least he says, "So it may not be a Premier brand but neither he or I could find this type in any other brand. I am open to polite and informative comments to help figure out more of what this is."
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    How about this rare one of a kind Premier-Multivox mis-identified Faux Resonator Mandolin? Not a chance.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Premier-Mul...YAAOSwmuNcrwhj
    Looks like a re-post of this old favourite:
    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...=1#post1709892

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    'I am open to polite and informative comments to help figure out more of what this is.'

    The seller must be getting tired of people e-mailing him and saying 'You are out of your mind', or something similar . . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeZito View Post
    'I am open to polite and informative comments to help figure out more of what this is.'

    The seller must be getting tired of people e-mailing him and saying 'You are out of your mind', or something similar . . . .
    I get some hate mail occasionally regarding my eBay prices.........they usually show up first thing in the morning and when I check the time they were posted it is usually 3:00am or so......you know, when the bars close............."hey, I didn't meet a nice girl tonight, heck, I didn't even find somebody I could pick a fight with, gee, but I'm still angry at the world, so I guess I'll go home and annoy some eBay sellers on my laptop......."

    A new trend I'm noticing is sending laughing emoji's in response to eBay items..........FWIW

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    Sorry Jeff, I didn't know those were your listings. It was late and all....
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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