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1927 Majestic Tenor

$1,250
Majestic Tenor Banjo Here’s a 19 fret tenor banjo from 1920’s made by the Puntolillo Company, New York, and later in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. Around 1924 Puntolillo began building model Wondertone S. S. Stewart branded banjos and did so for several years. He also created tenor banjos under the name. Before the big 20’s tenor banjo boom he was making open back 17 fret models under the name “The...
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1921 Schmick Tenor

$695
1920s Schmick 20 Fret Tenor Banjo William O. Schmick built banjos in Camden, N.J. from 1914 until 1925. His designs were unique and he produced a quality line of instruments in those few years. He received a patent for his banjo rim design in 1916. This 20-fret tenor banjo has that “top tension” style rim, crafted of curly maple with simple adornments plus an inset tone ring-resonator...
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1939 Gibson F-7

$12,000
Here’s an excellent sounding Gibson scroll model mandolin from its final year of production. Produced only between 1934 and 1939, the F-7 provided players with a short-necked version of the F-5, while retaining the robust tonality and power. When first introduced at $125, the F-7 was fierce competition to Gibson’s top model, the F-5, at half its retail price. This is the model Bill Monroe...
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1924 Gibson A-2Z

$5,950
The Loar period A-2z is considered by many experts to be the best A-style mandolin produced during Gibson's "Golden Age" when the classic Loar-signed F5 models were first produced. This particular example has exceptional tone and the typical visual and structural improvements associated with this era — the “snake” peg head with “The Gibson” logo in mother of pearl and the adjustable truss rod and...
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1921 Paramount Style C 5 string

$4,250
Here’s a rare original 5-string banjo from the Paramount Company. Other than the upgraded geared fifth string peg, head and bridge, this banjo is completely original. The ornate inlaid fiddle shaped peghead features the Paramount logo with engraved mother of pearl, and banners stating "Wm. Lange" and "Style C". The rosewood fretboard features engraved mother-of-pearl inlays of roses, angels and...
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1924 Gibson PB-5

$2,250
Here we have an exceedingly rare Gibson plectrum banjo, the only example of this model we've ever seen. This sweet-sounding banjo was a top-of-the-line, Loar-period instrument, with original gold plated hardware, and arrowhead pearl button tuners. It originally came with a "trap-door" resonator, but that was removed and is no longer with the instrument. This plectrum has boat-loads of rich, warm...
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1945 Levin 320 Aristokrat

$2,250
Some of the finest string instruments in the world were produced by the Hermann Carlson Levin Company of Gotteburg, Sweden. They produced guitars, lutes, banjos and mandolins with excellent craftsmanship, superb tone and great attention to detail. This exquisite 2-point design first appeared in 1933 as the model 380, transitioning in 1937 to the similar model 320, renamed the "Aristokrat" model...
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1938 Gibson TGL-7

$4,800
Here is probably one of the rarest Gibson Guitars you will ever find, a top of the line 4-string archtop tenor guitar — the TGL-7 Special. Based on the mid-1930s Gibson L-7 with it’s highly desirable “picture frame” finger board inlays, this is the instrument made famous by Eddie Condon, the famous jazz band leader. 
Featuring a 17" carved spruce top finished in sunburst, carved maple back &...
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1949 Strad-O-Lin Deluxe

$995
1940s Deluxe Stradolin Mandolin 
 The Stradolin name was created using “Stradivari” as the first half combined with the last half of the word mandolin. The company began in 1921 and made student grade instruments un til their purchase by Multivox in 1959. This instrument is from the period just before the take-over and has all the earmarks of the original manufacturer, the triple bound, highly...
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1935 Gibson F-12

$16,500
The original Gibson F-12 mandolin was introduced in 1934 and only built for 3 years until being discontinued in 1937. The F-12 designation reappeared in 1949, but was an entirely different instrument. This mandolin is extremely rare, as perhaps only a few were manufactured. It was priced just under the top-of-the-line F-5. This model featured a short, F-4 length neck, but has the same scale...
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1928 Gibson TB-5 Conversion

$10,000
1928 Gibson TB-5  5-String Banjo Conversion 
Here we have a highly desirable and extremely rare Gibson Mastertone conversion, with a 40-hole cast tone ring. This banjo was the top of the line when it was crafted, with a neck and resonator of black walnut, trimmed in green stained holly and maple, as well as green pearloid trim, displaying the highest quality employed by Gibson craftsmen. The...
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1924 Gibson TL-1

$4,500
Here we have one of the rarest of "Loar period" instruments produced by Gibson in the last 100+ years. According to Gibson records, only 89 were built between 1923-24, and according to contemporary archives, less than 20 have survived to date. The tenor lute was the only non Style 5 instrument Gibson ever made with the fabled "Master Model" label. 
 These 21” scale instruments can be tuned like...
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1970 Framus 641/E

$850
1970 Framus 641/E Electric Mandolin German maker Framus is easily recognized for some of their unique design characteristics. Case in point is this mandolin with the large single “cat’s eye” sound hole, the straight non-angled peg head, the string bar, the neck bolted to the body, and the “zero fret”. Framus was among the first (if not the first) manufacturers to include the zero fret...
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1929 Paramount Artcraft Tenor

$4,850
This Paramount Artcraft Tenor Banjo represents the ultimate of the luthier’s art and craft during the Golden Age of instrument manufacturing. Eschewing the usual abalone shell and mother-of-pearl inlay utilized for aesthetic embellishments, Paramount designed this gorgeously decorated instrument with wood inlays and marquetry, using intricate designs that were the epitome of the woodworker’s...
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1924 Vega #4 Pony Banjo

$2,575
This is an exquisite, rare 5-string banjo from 1910 that is stamped “Fairbanks by Vega” and “Special” on the rim stick. Starting with a 10 5/8” spun over rim, Vega married it to a 20” scale 5-string neck with the style 4 inlay pattern in the rosewood fretboard. As one might expect, the tone, especially in the upper register, is ultra sweet with that brilliant response so typical of the Vega...
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1924 B&D Super 5

$4,500
Here we have a clean, extremely rare 5-string banjo produced after David Day joined with Fred Bacon in 1922 to form the Bacon & Day Banjo Co. As always, B&D instruments contained superbly delicate adornments in terms of wood selection and pearl inlaid designs on the peg head and fingerboard, single bound in ivoroid.  Unlike most Super models, this exquisite example left Groton. Ct. as an original...
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1977 Ibanez Artist 5

$1,295
In the ’70's Japanese manufacturers hit the market with instruments reminiscent of some of the best American Made vintage musical instruments This Artist model Ibanez features chrome hardware and a gorgeously figured maple resonator.  The matching neck is also blonde maple with a rosewood fretboard, inlayed in the Hearts and Flowers pattern, the one most often seen on Earl Scruggs’ Gibson...
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1939 Gibson A-50 BB

$1,250
1939 Gibson A-50 wide-body Mandolin This unique, rare Gibson A style is sometimes referred to as the “Big Bell” model with its 11" wide body and bell-like shape. This example has a sunburst spruce top and flamed-maple back and sides. The ebony fret board features the "Nick Lucas"- style inlay pattern with the “thicker” Gibson pearl logo and fleur-de-lis on the peg head. The original tailpiece...
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1921 Martin Style E

$3,750
1921 Martin Style E Mandolin Here we have the rare Martin Style E, top of the line flat back mandolin (akin to the '45' series of guitars), with only 62 being made between 1915 and 1937. Who knows how many have survived to this day? This instrument is in what is often referred to as “player’s grade”, with all the good, rich tone that only comes from years of aging, and thousands of hours of...
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1958 Gibson A-5 Custom

$3,995
1958 Gibson A-5 Custom This beautiful  A style Gibson is unusual for many reasons. In all our years of collecting and playing Gibson mandolins, we have never seen another one like it, leading us to believe that it may have been a one-off custom order.  The serial number indicates that it was made in 1958. By that time, all Gibson A-5 models were double cutaway, often identified as the...
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1956 Fender Electric Mandolin

$2,250
When Leo Fender started making electric instruments, his first customers were the Country and Western players from California to Texas. Many of those country players also doubled on mandolin and it wasn’t long before they were asking for mandolins as well as Fender guitars. This example from the first year of issue, 1956, has seen lots of playing. It was professionally refinished long ago,...
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1964 Framus 6/41

$695
German maker Framus is easily recognized for some of their unique design characteristics. Case in point is this mandolin with the large single “cat’s eye” sound hole, the straight non-angled peg head, the string bar, the neck bolted to the body, and the “zero fret”. Framus was among the first (if not the first) manufacturers to include the zero fret feature. The Zero fret, combined with the bolt...
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1932 Kel Kroyden KK-20

$625
1932 Kel Kroyden KK20 One of the Gibson alternate brands, Kel Kroyden instruments are known for their Spartan appointments, but sturdy build. The tone is quite remarkable in these budget-priced offerings from Kalamazoo. Players poured over the mail order catalogs of merchandisers such as J.W. Jenkins, hoping to find that bargain musical instrument that would make life more enjoyable. Many...
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1920 Epiphone D

$850
Here is a unique and exceedingly rare open-back Epiphone mandolin banjo with a beveled wood rim tone ring and attractive pearl & abalone fret board inlays. This instrument is very clean throughout with an11” rim, a 14” scale, straight playable neck and all original hardware . For players, this mandolin-banjo creates that great funky tone  that is the hallmark of jug bands and country blues...
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1939 A. Rogers Style C

$895
This rather unique instrument is based on designs developed around 1912 by Albert Shutt of Topeka, Kansas. At some point this particular design was appropriated by the Harmony Co. of Chicago for its "Viol Mandolin Model 55". It can be assumed that this A. Rogers was built for a particular distributer during the 1930s or 1940s. We have only seen two of them over many decades. 
Here’s what we do...
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1922 Bacon FF Professional

$895
From the 1890s to the 1930s, musical instrument manufacturers were quick to exploit the desire of people to make music in their homes. The mandolin was the most popular instrument of the day and when the banjo became popular, a natural marriage of the two was the mandolin-banjo.  
In 1922 the Bacon Banjo Co. ruled supreme, producing high quality instruments in Groton, Connecticut. This FF...
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~1910 A.A. Farland Special

$2,950
Alfred A. Farland began building banjos in New York City in 1890. His highly prized instruments are a superb example of turn-of-the-century artistry. The exquisite appointments of this fine example include inlays of mother-of-pearl, abalone, and snail shell in Victorian style designs on the fret board and both the front and back of the peg head. The neck itself features a hand select birds-eye...
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1938 D'Angelico A

$6,950
Here’s a rare treasure from one of the most respected luthiers in American stringed instrument history. Hand carved from the finest woods available, this  mandolin is a joy to hear as well as a sheer delight to play. Its carved spruce top is triple bound with matching binding on the carved maple back and quintuple binding on the pick guard. The ebony fretboard and peg head are adorned with the...
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1930 Ciani Galiano Bowl Back

$1,350
Raphael Ciani was the uncle of world renowned master luthier John D’Angelico. D’Angelico apprenticed under his uncle starting at 9 years of age. One can easily see that the high quality of luthiery was definitely a family tradition. This gorgeous-in-every-detail mandolin bears the hallmarks of excellence. The intricate peg head bears presentation grade mother of pearl inlay pattern, so typical...
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1920 Gretsch style 1

$350
When America was swept by the great Hawaiian craze in 1915, the most recognizable result was the emergence of the ukulele as an instrument heard on records and radio, and featured in vaudeville, theaters and motion pictures. American instrument manufacturers rushed ukes to the market as fast as they could turn them out. This ukulele was made using the traditional designs of Nunes, Dias and...
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