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

    Quote Originally Posted by Bazz Jass View Post
    This one really has some issues:

    https://reverb.com/item/45937844-191...-budget-f-5-f4

    Actually light under the fingerboard here!

    Well of course there is light under the fingerboard... that there is the rare elevated fretboard option he's charging so much for

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    Rare because it's the only F4 with a elevated fretboard.
    CONDITION: Very Good (Used)... Kids, don't do drugs.

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    What's the problem? He's only asking $40,250.49. I should see if he's willing to take offers. Think I'll try $40K, see what happens.

    "THE BOX IS METAL AND THE NECK IS WOOD." Good to know.

    "I AM NOT A MUSICIAN OR AN EXPERT ON MANDOLINS." Truth in advertising.

    But that does include shipping, so ...

    Seriously, though: Why do these keep showing up with breaking tailpieces? Design flaw? Cheap material? Why?

    PS: My Triolian tenor guitar's tailpiece is A-OK. Looking at it just now, it might be a replacement.
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    Good luck with this....
    I'm darned impressed by the comment on this.
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    Yes, I saw that, and others, too - I assume for previous sales of other items. The page layout provides clumsy placement for that, for sure.
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    I wonder where folks like this come up with their prices. Even the rarest, most highly engraved National guitars don't bring $40k.
    As for a brown Triolian mandolin, if you were to divide his price by 30, it would still be way too high.

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    It's gotta be a typo. I'd like to think he meant 1% of that - two decimal places.
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    I think the guy is just clueless. He is way off on the date too, I would think more like 1930's.
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    Yeah, I saw that, too. At one point he says 1910's, and he also says 90-year-old. I think it's another math issue. He may have figured 100 years ago is 1921, but then tried to figure in a 10-year difference. He went the right direction once, the wrong direction the other.
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    Well, I paid about $600 for my Triolian mandolin, and it's in better shape that this one -- still has its pickguard, as well. However, I know prices have risen over the past 30 years, so maybe the market's up over -- let's see -- 237,900% over that time? Whaddaya think?
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    I did a quick survey of recent prices for a Triolian mandolin. They might bring $1000, +/-, in pretty good condition.
    Oh, by the way, this one has a broken tailpiece and quite a bit of wear. $1000 would still be too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    Well, I paid about $600 for my Triolian mandolin, and it's in better shape that this one -- still has its pickguard, as well. However, I know prices have risen over the past 30 years, so maybe the market's up over -- let's see -- 237,900% over that time? Whaddaya think?
    Still has the original pick guard?! Wow, that's gotta be worth 39K!

    When I got my 1928 Triolian Tenor it had the pickguard but it was decomposing in front of my eyes.
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    Curious about this - where's the piece of steel that goes over the biscuit/bridge? Isn't that welded on? How does that go missing? And what's with the two screws there? And what were they holding in place there? Inquiring minds want to know.

    Oh, and I asked the seller what the real asking price is, as that had to be a typo. He just said it's really old, and make him an offer. I wonder what could I offer that won't hurt his feelings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by journeybear View Post
    I wonder what could I offer that won't hurt his feelings.
    Don't.
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    If you're still thinking about it after you read this, see my post in your "Have I been scammed?" thread.

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    If we were in the UK, you could have said "biscuit," with a delicious double entendre.
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    The word “biscuit” actually originates from the French for “twice cooked (or baked)”. Perhaps the price the seller is seeking is somewhat “half baked”?

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    Here's an optimistic seller -not even an offer option!

    1923 F4 on Ebay

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bazz Jass View Post
    Here's an optimistic seller -not even an offer option!

    1923 F4 on Ebay
    Maybe five or six years ago I remember somebody bid up a Loar era F-4 to over $10k but nothing like that since.
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    That's a Reverb seller that has been around for a while, and their habit is to price way above market value. They are listing a 1970 Martin D-28 in Indian rosewood for
    $4800, which is way high.

    For over $7500, a '23 F-4 darn well better have an original pickguard, tailpiece, case, an unbroken peghead scroll, and a nearly unmarked finish. This one does not.
    I know the market is drying up, but even $7000 would be pushing it for this one.

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    Dang! I knew I shouldn't have pulled the trigger on that '22 for $4500. I think I jumped the gun!
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    And JB's response brings up the eternal question: Why are people willing to pay a premium of 25% on '23 and '24 mandolins? Loar didn't build 'em, sign 'em, inspect 'em, or as James Condino might say, wave a bucket of fairy dust over 'em.

    If this was not a "Loar period" mandolin, $5K would be about the max.

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    It may have been hard to tell, but I was being sarcastic. Way sarcastic. (We really need an eye-roll emoji. ) I'm happy with what I've got. Sure, I'd have liked it for less. But I was seeing these at $6500 and up. So, as much as it was, I still got a good deal, market being what it is. Better strings helped it sound better than it did out of the box; a good set-up is next.

    So yeah, this is twice what it should be, more or less.
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    This one is even more ridiculous....

    https://reverb.com/item/47200281-gib...m=Feed%20Email

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcc56 View Post
    And JB's response brings up the eternal question: Why are people willing to pay a premium of 25% on '23 and '24 mandolins? Loar didn't build 'em, sign 'em, inspect 'em, or as James Condino might say, wave a bucket of fairy dust over 'em.

    If this was not a "Loar period" mandolin, $5K would be about the max.
    As far as I've seen, a Loar-era F4 (compared to an earlier F4) is just an F4 with a truss rod. Am I wrong?

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