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Offline DarrenWoods

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« on: July 07, 2008, 09:39:52 PM »
A teacher working with my daughter gave her a mandolin before he died.  the tag inside says that the serial number is 150160.  can anyone tell me what year this was made and any kind of value.  we are not looking to sell it, rather just looking on info on this old piece.
 

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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2008, 08:15:26 PM »
You'll need to tell us what the rest of the label inside says, for us to find more info for you.louis ie Style number by chance.

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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2008, 10:37:15 PM »
Hey darren, welcome to the forum. Would love to see some pics.
It sometime hard to find info on these old instruments.
As ship said a little more info  or a pic may help.
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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2008, 08:00:15 PM »
There isn't a lot of info on these old guys.  My old Washy flat top can only be dated to the 1920's, and that's not by serial number but by a detail here and a detail here that was done at a certain point in production.  All in all it all boils down to sometime in the 20's.

Usually, it takes a hands on look by someone with some sort of professional experience--collector or investor-- of old instruments to get even an estimate of the birth date.




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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2008, 04:10:29 PM »
quote:
Originally posted by gregjones

There isn't a lot of info on these old guys.  My old Washy flat top can only be dated to the 1920's, and that's not by serial number but by a detail here and a detail here that was done at a certain point in production.  All in all it all boils down to sometime in the 20's.

Usually, it takes a hands on look by someone with some sort of professional experience--collector or investor-- of old instruments to get even an estimate of the birth date.

A letter typed on a  keyboard is a note stolen from a fretboard.



There IS a lot more info on the old guys... [;)]

Although the mandolin serial numbers were restarted a number of times, there is only one # 150,000s range, and the instruments with those serial numbers would have been made around 1902-4.

No value estimate without pictures.....




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