Found 16 matches

~1910 Penzel_Muller Guitar

$3,495
What we have here is something of a mystery. Penzel & Muller were well-known makers of clarinets ca. 1890-1950. They had a storefront here in New York City in the early 19th century at 368 Bowery, in a building that is long gone, and was very near the Cooper Union, a much-revered engineering school where Abraham Lincoln gave a famous speech in 1860, and which building stands to this day. The...
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1882 Balmer-Weber Parlor

$3,995
This has got to be, without question, the most perfect, most understatedly beautiful, non-Martin-made copy of a Martin guitar I’ve ever seen, ever. Its interior printed label reads BALMER and WEBER’S MUSIC HOUSE / 311 N. 5th St., / St. Louis, Mo. and below that, hand-written in ink in a beautiful cursive script right on the label is Dec. 22nd, 1882 The style, the cleanliness of line and curve,...
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~1890 Mannello Harp Guitar

$1,595
Judging from the tuning machines, two full sets of ‘em and pretty darn good ones at that, American-made, I’d say late-19th, maybe early-20th century. I’ve had this harp guitar since the 1960s, had it in the window of my original store on Bedford Street for a while back in the 1970s, been put away for the last forty years or so. The label, which says Angelo Mannello / Manufacturer of High Grade /...
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~1920 Radnazzo Guitar

$2,795
All you out there of Italian descent, or Italian-American descent (I’ve got some in my family as well), know full well that the name Randazzo is a not-uncommon one, especially here in New York. There's Randazzo’s Clam Bar out in Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn, near where I grew up and a place I still frequent; it’s a name heard often in these parts. But Radnazzo? I don’t think so, has got to be a...
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~1920 Ernst Mandolin

$1,195
Now G. Hugo Ernst was not a man to be trifled with. He and his father, Gustav, came to Camden, New Jersey, from Germany in the 1880s and set up shop at 1274 Mechanic Street and later at 1327 Haddon Avenue, where they made, as Gustav Ernst & Son, guitars, zithers, and mandolins. Gustav passed away in 1906, but Hugo, innovator that he was, carried on and In 1916 was granted a patent for what in...
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~1920 Sutz Mandolin

$1,035
Louis Sutz was an instrument maker in Cincinnati, Ohio, in the early 20th century. He was born in what was to later become Germany in 1862, came to America some years later, and established his career there until his death, in 1942. The original label in this mandolin states: Louis Sutz / Maker / Hand-Made Violins / Mandolins, Guitars / Zithers Etc. / No. 1616 Vine St. / Cincinnati, O.” (The...
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~1870 Dobson 7-String Fretless Banjo

$395
Folk art? Maybe. Or maybe not. Once again, my good friend Leo Coulson, The Banjo Guru, says could be, and to quote Leo: "Has a Dobsony-Buckbee vibe… 1879?”. Has an all-wood rim, appears to be of one piece and not laminated, with ultra-cool cast-brass bracket shoes, and the loveliest of hand-carved necks, with slotted peghead, for seven strings, if you like. Fretless, of course, with lovely lines,...
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2017 Tracy Cox Parlor

$2,795
Tracy Cox is a spectacular luthier and even more spectacular at ultra-intricate inlay work. Tracy has done inlay for Martin on their $100K-200K guitars, and there is none finer. We have sold many of his guitars in the past; some of you may have seen them in these pages. This particular instrument is unusual for M/ Cox, a parlor-size instrument with a body shape based on an 1894 Washburn that he...
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1919 Vega Cylinder-Back Mandolin

$1,035
Here is a gorgeous mandolin that’s almost a hundred years old, from a major maker, in beautiful condition save for one aspect, and we’re offering it “as is” at an extremely low price. It is of the style known today as the “Vega cylinder-back” due to the unique shape of it’s back, and is one of their fancier, higher-grade ones at that. Its fingerboard inlays have been hand-engvraved in the style...
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1941 Gibson L-5

$60,000
This is a most unusual, extremely rare and certainly unique Gibson guitar, a complete L-5 with the then brand-new “small diagonal pickup” introduced in 1941. The entire body, and all of its internal structural components and its pickup cover, are made from a clear plastic, almost surely Lucite, the brand name of a polyacrylic developed by DuPont in 1936, and which incidentally replaced glass in...
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1901 Martin Style 3 Round-Back Mandolin

$2,395
We have recently unpacked the contents of one of our secret closets containing stuff we haven’t looked at in years, some for decades, and come up with several gorgeous Martin round-back mandolins from the turn of the 19th-to-20th century. This particular one, a Style 3 made in 1901, is is a stunning example of restrained elegance, definitely above the norm, with touches of ivory and pearl, though...
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1912 Martin Style 2 Round-Back Mandolin

$1,995
We have recently unpacked the contents of one of our secret closets containing stuff we haven’t looked at in years, some for decades, and come up with several gorgeous Martin round-back mandolins from the turn of the 19th-to-20th century. This particular one, a Style 2 made in 1912, is is a beautiful example of restrained Martin understatement, with touches of ivory and pearl where it counts....
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1977 Favino Jazz Guitar

$6,395
We have had this beautiful and rare Favino guitar here in our personal collection for over thirty years, and it is now time for it to find a new home. From the workshop of the great Jacques Favino of Paris, made, labeled and signed by Jacques himself. It is a most unique Favino; I’ve never seen nor heard of another like it. Rather than the standard design copied in its entirety from the Selmer...
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1968 Gibson A40

$1,275
As straightforward as they come in Gibson mandolins, the venerable A-40 model. With its mahogany back and sides and solid spruce carved top, this is as American as it gets, all the way. In beautiful original condition with no repairs or alterations ever, nice clean original frets and tuners, it’s the perfect better-class starter mandolin, both fifty years ago and today. $1275 w/ssc Use code...
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1928 Martin 00-44

$52,000
A little history: the style 44 guitar was suggested by Vadah Olcott-Bickford, a prominent teacher and concert and recording artist of her time. Ms. Bickford and her husband Zarvah produced many recordings between 1919 and 1922, and had a considerable amount of sheet music published as well. The guitars made for her and her students were required to be of the highest quality wood and...
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1927 D'Angelico Violin

$60,000
It is known that John D’Angelico, the most revered maker of carved-top guitars ever to have lived, started out by learning to make mandolins from his uncle, Raphael Ciani, here in the Little Italy neighborhood of New York City, sometime in the early 1920s. D’Angelico of course went on to world-wide acclaim for the magnificent guitars and occasional carved-top mandolins he made on his own,...
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