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Eastman MD305

NEW (China), A-5 style, matt brown stained, hand-carved spruce top and maple b/s, bound top, basic but great sound for those on a tight budget. GB

£450

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Eastman

MD315

NEW (China), F-5 style artist model, matt brown lacquer, hand carved spruce top & 1 piece figured maple back, ebony fbd, bound top, best value on the market for build quality and sound, GB

£695

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Flatiron F-5

“Performer”

c.1988, light sunburst (iced tea!) spruce top, golden brown stained flamed maple b/s/n, unbound flat ebony fbd, single bound phd/body, abalone fern phd inlay, nickel pltd fittings, made in Bozeman, Montana just after Gibson took company over in 1987, finest quality carving and tonewoods, sounds and plays even better than it looks with almost no playwear, EC, OHC

£1,950

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Handmade Mandolin (UK)

Unknown maker, recent, roundhole flatback, nat.spruce top, stained & figured maple b/s/n, ebony fbd, slothead, fancy marquetry banding, slight top sinkage does not affect structure or playability, loud and full tone, EC, GB

£285

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Handmade Mandolin

Unknown maker, recent, roundhole, spruce top, rosewood b/s & fbd, mahogany neck, sweet abalone & pearl inlays, basic non-luthier construction but plays well and has big open sound, EC, GB

£195

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Harmony “Monterey”

c.1960s, f-hole, A model, light sunburst, solid carved spruce top & maple b/s/n, rosewood fbd, single bound body/neck, replaced bridge & tailpiece, lots of lacquer checking but no cracks/repairs, good strong player for modest outlay from famed Chicago factory, VGC, GB

£350

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Perreti Figli

(Naples)

c.1900s, roundhole flatback, bent spruce top, bound rosewood b/s, slim mahogany neck & slotted phd, radiused extended ebony fbd with oval pearl inlays, inlaid t’shell/ivory scratchplate, in style of Embergher but not bowlback, new Schaller tuners, excellent quality fit & finish, classical tone with tremendous projection, EC, HC

£550

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Abbreviations


Features

b/s = back and sides : btn = button : inl = inlaid

fbd = fingerboard : pgd = pickguard : phd = peghead : pce = piece

tpce = tailpiece : t’shell = tortoiseshell

mop = mother of pearl : aba = abalone : adj = adjustable

HC = newer hard case : OHC = original hard case

OSC = original soft or semi-hard case : GB = gig bag


Condition

Mint/as new = all original unplayed condition

EC (Excellent Condition) = all original, no repairs/refinish unless noted, some playwear

VGC  (Very Good Condition) = basically all original, may have minor repairs/refinish but no other issues unless noted, moderate playwear

GC (Good Condition) = generally sound, possibly some repairs/refinish, may need work as noted, moderate to heavy playwear

PC (Poor Condition) =  Issues and work required as noted

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Miscellaneous

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Aria Mandolin Banjo

(Japan),  c.1980s, mahogany, 11” metal rim with integral tonering, full flange/resonator, rosewood fbd, plays like a mandolin but sounds like a banjo, EC.

£175

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Clifford Essex

“XX Special”

Melody Banjo

c.1910s,  4 string, nat.maple, 13” mandolin scale, open back 11” rim with Whyte Ladye style tonering (later called 'Concert Grand'), rosewood fbd with engraved pearl inlays, slotted phd, extremely rare model with exquisite early CE workmanship, EC

£850

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P Beuscher

Octave Mandola/

Bouzouki

c.1940s?, flatback, 23”/580mm scale, walnut neck/back/sides, spruce top with inlaid pgd, fancy coloured purfling, Maccaferri style ‘grande bouche’ soundhole, thick ebony fbd with abalone dots,  new bridge, rare and unusual offering from famed Paris music dealer, plays easy with sweet resonant tone, ideal for folk tunes and songs, EC, GB

£575

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