1906 F-3 Artist Model Mandolin VG++ : This is the best sounding and nicest playing example of one of these old 3 point Artist Models that I've run across. The top is crack free with original finish worn at the sound hole and pickguard(s) there's a cute little added one. The back and sides are mahogany and also crack free. There is a hairline repaired heel crack and the common headstock scroll repair but this one is really expertly done. There is also a virtually invisible repair to the treble side of the neck below the peghead. No headstock crack, just a little chunk replaced where it was all grunged up. Like I said, you can't see it or feel it. The headstock and the area just below it have been refinished. The original engraved Handel tuning pegs have one replaced gear and screw. Original end pin and original compensated bridge and "pineapple" tailpiece. The hard shell case is nice and looks maybe like it was custom ordered or even home made. And it's got the "Orville Label" serial number 4841.
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