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Altman F5
Altman F snakehead
Brentrup mandola   
Brentrup 23V
Chris Stapleton's Collings MT2  
Collings MF5 Deluxe varnish
Cushman F5
Daley Vintage F natural
Daley Classic F sunburst
Daley "Hoss" replica
New Duff mandolins
Duff mandocellos


 A-4 snakehead
 F-4 1918
 F-4 1922
 F-4 1926
 F-5 case
 F-5 owned by Charlie Collins 
 June 13, 1923 Loar 
 Feb. 18, 1924 Loar
 1927 fern F-5 
 1927 fern "Mildred"  
 1929-34 F-5 (short fern)
 1934 F-5
 F-5 Bill Monroe
 F-5V Ricky Skaggs Distressed

 Florentine (electric solidbody)
 H-1 mandola
 H-2 mandola
 H-5 Loar mandola
 K-1 mandocello

Gilchrist Model 5
Heiden F
Henderson F, 2002
Kimble F, 2012
Monteleone F5
Monteleone Grand Artist

Pava (4)
Poe F4
Smart from Element Quartet
Smart custom mandolin and mandola  
Triggs F
Unicorn 76
Voight A
Weber Bitterroot  
Weymann mandolute

Altman F5, 2008. An excellent F-5 by Bob Altman of Colbert, GA. With speed neck. Lightweight case. $12,950
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Altman F Snakehead, 2010. Bob Altman originally made his mandolin for Mike Marshall with a long scale. After playing it for a while, Marshall changed his mind about long-scale mandolins. Altman relocated the nut to the position of what was originally the first fret, and now the scale is 14 1/4", just 1/4" longer than standard. In a hardshell case. $8,950
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Breedlove Black Gold, 2010. Flat black finish, armrest added, gold-plated hardware. In its original hardshell case. $1,250
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Brentrup Model 32-S mandola, 2002. A powerful mandola with the three-point body shape of early Gibsons, made by Johannes Brentrup of Minneapolis. West Virginia red spruce top, curly maple back and sides, vase-and-wire headstock inlay, Handel tuners, violin spirit varnish over oil varnish finish. $20,700
Video of Tyler Andal playing the Brentrup.
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Brentrup 23V, c2001. Italian spruce top, varnish finish. In a rectangular hard case. $7,500
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Collings MF5 Deluxe Varnish, 2004. Collings' fanciest model, with engraved tailpiece, elaborate headstock inlay and varnish finish; set up to play, with a speed neck. In a hardshell case, $9,500
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Collings MT2. NAMM show sample from Collings' first batch of mandolins. Lacquer finish; bought new by Chris Stapleton (formerly of the Steeldrivers); autographed on top by Ricky Skaggs; finish chipped on neck near nut. In a hardshell case.  Collings' very first MT2 with varnish finish, made for the 2005 NAMM show (not yet labeled with a "V" for varnish), beautifully figured 2-piece back. $2750
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Cushman F5. Made by Matt Cushman of Great Falls, MT. A great value in a handmade F-style mandolin. In a violin-style rectangular case. $2,450
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Daley "Hoss" replica, 2007. Sim Daley made this relic'd replica of Sam Bush's famous "Hoss" F-5, but Sam never picked it up, so Adam Steffey played it and won an IBMA award. In a fiberglass case. $21,500
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Daley Vintage F, 2011. Sim Daley of Nashville snagged a piece of spruce from a 300-year-old building in New York City for the top of this F-style mandolin. In a hardshell case. $8,500
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Daley Classic F, 2007. Nice 1-piece back, radiused fingerboard, 1.1" nut width, light lacquer finish. In a yellow/blue Calton case. $6,250
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Dudenbostel F-5, 2003. This beautiful custom mandolin was featured in the DIY Network's "Handmade Music" show, played by Andy Leftwich  at the Ryman Auditorium and at Ricky Skaggs' studio. Swiss Alpine spruce top, birdseye maple back and sides, Virzi, tortoise baindng, Waverly tuners, tortoise pattern binding, radiused fingerboard, banjo-size frets, oil varnish finish. In a Travelite case with built-in hygrometer. $24,750
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Duff A5, new. Just arrived from Perth, Australia. In a Presto fiberglass case. $5,000
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Duff F5, new. Flowerpot headstock inlay. In a Presto fiberglass case. $9,000
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Duff F-5, new. Fern headstock inlay. SOLD

Duff K5 mandocello, 2004. Made by Paul Duff of Perth, Australia. The 16" guitar body has minor dings and scratches. Used on the CD Inspired by Mark Daly. $5950
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Duff K-5 mandocello, 2010. This stunning, natural-finish Duff mandocello, like Gibson's original K-5 of 1924, has the body of the L-5 guitar, with 16" width.  $9500
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Elkhorn F, 2005. An early example - serial number 4 - from Robb Brophy of Durango, CO; radiused fingerboard, one-piece back and satin finish. In a hardshell case. $3,000
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Gibson A-2, 1920. Bridge has been replaced with a height-adjustable unit; replaced tailpiece; missing pickguard; small repaired crack on treble side of fingerboard; lacquer sprayed over back and neck heel. In a softshell case. $1,250
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Gibson A-4, 1924. The snakehead headstock identifies this mandolin as being from Gibson's best A-model production period. The serial number is illegible but the factory order number dates to it Lloyd Loar's last year at Gibson. It was refinished and the back was replaced by Elderly Instruments. In its original hardshell case. $5,500
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Gibson Alright Style D, 1917. This was the forerunner of the Army/Navy model, which later inspired the Flatiron line. The finish has been removed from the top. The back, rims and neck have been refinished. A headstock veneer from a Gibson A-4 has been added. In a hardshell case. Christmas special... $1,000
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Gibson F-4, 1918, arguably the most beautiful of all Gibson mandolin models, with shaded red mahogany finish, double-flowerpot peghead inlay and intricately inlaid buttons on the Handel tuners. This instrument has the ancient woody tone that once inspired thousands of men and women to join mandolin orchestras. The bridge has been replaced with a height-adjustable unit. With its original hardshell case. $6,500  
Video of Sterling Abernathy playing the F-4 alone and another video with Sterling on our 1922 truss-rod F-4 and Tyler Andal on this F-4.
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Gibson F-4, 1922, made during the tenure legendary instrument designer Lloyd Loar. Features two important early-1920s improvements: the height-adjustable bridge and the adjustable truss rod in the neck. The rod gives the Loar-period F-4s more sustain and a more modern tone that is distinctly different from the pre-rod models. With its original hardshell case. $8500   Video of Sterling Abernathy duetting on this F-4 with Tyler Andal and an earlier non-truss rod F-4.
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Gibson F-4, 1926. Original case. $6,750 (pics coming)

Gibson F-5, signed by Lloyd Loar on June 12, 1923. This Loar (sn 73641) went through a tough spell, leaving it with a big crack in the back, a crack in the rim, and some missing pieces in the back. Patches were spliced in (and are pretty obvious from the non-matching wood grain). And then it was sent to Gibson for a complete refinish. What didn't kill it made it stronger. $89,000
Adam Steffey takes on Frank Solivan (playing our Apr. 12, 1923 Loar) in a battle of the Loars.
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Gibson F-5 mandolin case, Loar period, green lining. new price... $9,800
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Gibson F-5, signed by Lloyd Loar on Feb. 18, 1924. This is sn 75702. A little wear on the back, as one would expect from a mandolin that sounds so good. In its original case. NEW PRICE... $159,900
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Gibson F-5, 1986. Formerly owned by Charlie Collins, longtime guitarist with Roy Acuff. One of the earliest mandolins made by Jim Triggs at Gibson; given to Collins when he played for a Gibson company event. $15,000
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Gibson F-5 fern, 1927. Mr. Loar left Gibson in 1924 but he didn't take the sound of his mandolins with him. This fern has all the power and punch of a Loar F-5 at half the price.  Finish checking on back, refretted by Hugh Hansen, small crack in headstock veneer touched up (crack does not go through), original rectangular HC. $82,500
Videos... Tyler Andal solo and Tyler Andal playing the fern alone, and Tyler Andal joined by Sterling Abernathy on the "Mildred" F-5.
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Gibson F-5 "Mildred," 1927. Mildred Byram, shown below in the 1930 Gibson catalog, was the original owner of this beautiful 1927 fern F-5. No issues, just great sound. The family says it came in a form-fit case (rather than rectangular) and that original case is still with it. $87,500
Videos... featuring Adam Steffey, and  Battle of the ferns with Sterling Abernathy on "Mildred" and Tyler Andal on our other 1927 F-5.
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Gibson F-5, 1929-34. The factory order number, 9411, indicates 1929, but the serial number is from 1934. To really confuse matters, the headstock inlay is the shortened fern that has been seen only on Peewee Lambert's F-5 - except that Peewee's says "The Gibson" and this one only says "Gibson." Regardless of the year, it sounds like a full-fledged fern. In a hardshell case. $65,000
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Gibson F-5, 1934. Made in the '30s but still with the fern - and the sound of a fern. In a hardshell case. $65,000
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Gibson F-5 Bill Monroe, signed by Monroe Jan. 17, 1994. Exceptionally fine condition. In its original rectangular case. $9,500
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Gibson F-5V Ricky Skaggs Distressed Master Model, 2008. Signed by Ricky. In its original case with embroidered case cover. $17,500
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Gibson F-7, mid 1930s. This is the model Bill Monroe played with the Monroe Brothers. The label may have come out of another mandolin (the serial number on the label would put it in 1923). The F-7 is essentially an f-hole version of the oval-hole F-4, with a shorter neck clearance than the F-5 and the classic woody sound of the F-4. There's a hairline crack next to the fingerboard and evidence of a once-installed strap button in the neck heel. In a hardshell case. $9,500
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Gibson Florentine (EM-200), 1963. Solid mahogany body with a carved top and a P-90-style single-coil pickup - think Les Paul in a mandolin package. In its original hardshell case. $2,500
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Gibson H-1 mandola, 1917. Beautiful sound from this "pumpkin top" mandola. The bridge has been upgraded to an adjustable unit, and there is light overspray on the body. In its original hardshell case. $3,500
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Gibson H-2 mandola, 1919. A-style with beautiful shaded red mahogany finish. In its original hardshell case. SOLD
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Gibson H-5 mandola, 1924. This Loar mandola, 76493, makes an F-5 sound a little small. Signed by Lloyd Loar on Mar. 31, 1924. With a Virzi Tone Producer. In its original hardshell case. $105,000
Video of Sterling Abernathy playing this one.
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Gilchrist Model 5, 2008. Tone bars, radiused fingerboard. In its original mint green Calton case. No need to wait on a new one. Video by David Benedict. $22,000
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Gilchrist Model 5, 1994. pics coming $18,000

Heiden F, 2002. This is number 54 from Michael Heiden of Creston, BC, and the sound is exceptional. In a Calton case. $13,900
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Henderson F, 2002. Barely played, great sound. In a hard case. $15,000
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Kimble F, 2012. A great, well-balanced F from Will Kimble of Cincinnati, with a dark line of binding on the side as well as the top, plus a killer back. In a white/teal Calton case. $9,250
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Monteleone F5, 1978. This is instrument No. 20 from John Monteleone, one of the premier makers of archtop guitars. Monteleone's earliest instruments were inspired by Gibson's F-5, and this one delivers all the tone and chop that mandolinists would expect from a classic F-5. In a rectangular Price case. $17,000
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Monteleone Grand Artist. Serial number 44 shows Montelone's transition from Gibosn's influence to his own artistic elements, including the relaxed scroll, wider headstock, smaller pickguard and signature tailpiece. This Grand Artist retains the powerful sound of his earlier F5s. The tuners have been replaced and the original footprints have been drop-filled to make them almost indetectible. In a hardshell case. $23,500
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Pava mandolins are made in the shop of Tom Ellis by Pava Knevezic. We were so impressed with the quality and value of these mandolins that we bought all the mandolins that Pava brought to the summer NAMM show in Nashville.
Pava Satin Brown, new. Nickel Gotoh tuners, Allen tailpiece, brown satin finish. In a hardshell case. $2249
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Pava Satin Amber, new. Nickel Gotoh tuners, Allen tailpiece, amber satin finish. In a hardshell case. SOLD
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Pava Player, new. Nickel Gotoh tuners, Allen tailpiece, gloss sunburst finish. In a hardshell case. $2849
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Pava Pro, new. Double-bound top and back, bound fingerboard and headstock, gold-plated Gotohs, James tailpiece. Hard case. $3249
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Pava Pro #100. Pava Knevezic celebrated her 100th Pava mandolin by choosing special woods, expanding the headstock inlay and adding a double-bound pickguard. In a hardshell case. $3699
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Poe F-4. 2007. A beautiful copy of Gibson's classic F-4 oval hole design by Andrew Poe of Columbia, MO. In a hardshell case. $3750
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Price Deluxe, 1997. Made by Gary Price of Jones, OK. Powerful cutting sound, beautifully figured maple back. A little misstep with the top finish. We're thinking of putting a black finish on the top--at no extra charge. In a rectangular hardshell case. $5250
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Rigel G-110, 1998. Nice acoustic sound and wonderful plugged-in tone. In a hardshell case. $2750
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Rigel A-Plus Deluxe
. Sunburst finish, gold hardware. $1,500

Smart A model, 2013. A.L. Smart created the Element Quartet in 2013, featuring this warm sunburst finish. Features include Engelmann top, one-piece back, three-piece neck and James tailpiece. In an English-made Calton case. $4,500
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Smart custom mandolin and mandola, 2012. Designed and originally owned by noted stained-glass maker Arthur Stern of Oakland, CA. Tonally and aesthetically unique. In Calton cases. Offered as a set.  $16,000
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Triggs F, 2006. A nice example from renowned archtop guitar and mandolin maker Jim Triggs of Lawrence, KS. In a hardshell case. $6,500
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Tucker F-5, 1994. Made by Melvin Tucker of Washington, GA. Played by Wayne Benson. One-piece back, replaced tuners. In a rectangular hardshell case. $10,000
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Unicorn 76, 1976. One of 11 made by Rolfe Gerhardt of Austin, TX (15 were planned but Rolfe only got to 11 before the year was over). Great sound and a rare collectible piece. In a hardshell case. New price... $3,750
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Voight A, 2012. No. 11 from Dan Voight of Nashville. $3500
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Weber Bitterroot F, 1999. One of the earliest Webers, made in Bozeman, MT. Full sound, "speed" neck (finish removed), Daniel Smith ebony bridge, cast Weber tailpiece. In a rectangular hardshell case. $2,500
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Weber Elite Blackface, 2012. A beautiful mandolin with Engelmann spruce top, one-piece back of highly figured Bastogne walnut (finished with unfilled pores). In its original hardshell case. SOLD
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Webber F5 Corinne. Made by Ray Webber in the Dearstone mandolin shop. Beautiful curly maple and beautiful tone as well, as indicated by the playing wear on the back of the neck. In a rectangular hardshell case. $4,500
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Weymann Mandolute, 1920s. A beautiful instrument with a demure sound; nice curly maple back and sides. In its original hardshell case. $1,250
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Wiens F5, 2003. Made by Jamie Wiens in Cranbrook, BC, for journalist Steve Stone. Check out Stone's article in Jan. 2004 issue of Vintage Guitar magazine. Also listen to Jeff Rose playing "Red Wing" on this mandolin. Nice one-piece back, speed neck. In a fiberglass Eastman case. $9,650
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