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Altman F5 2007
Altman F5 2008
Altman F snakehead
Antoria F
Arches F
Brentrup mandola
Collings MF5 Deluxe varnish
Collings MF
Daley F / Dave Harvey
Daley Vintage F natural
Daley "Hoss" replica
Dudenbostel  ... new price
Duff F5, new
Duff F5, 1984
Duff F5, 2012
Duff mandocello ... new price
   NEW ARRIVALS and

Eastman F-style mandola
Elkhorn
Ellis F5, new
Ellis F5, No. 300
Giacomel J5

GIBSONS have their own page

Gilchrist Model 1 (Junior)
Gilchrist Model 3
Gilchrist Model 4 Junior
Gilchrist Model 5
Gilchrist Model 5c
Gilchrist Model 5 mandola
Henderson F, 2002
Kay Professional electric
NEW PRICES in

Kimble A5
Kimble 2-pt mandola
Kirk F5
Martin A
Martin AK-45
Monteleone F5
Monteleone Grand Artist
Nugget A
Old Wave "The One"
Pavas
Price   
Red Line A-5 VSB
Red Line A-5 VSB Relic
Smart custom mandolin and mandola...new prices  
Smart 10 string
BOLDFACE

Triggs F (3)
Tucker... new price
Unicorn 76... new price
Voight A
Weber Absaroka
Weber Big Sky
Weber Bitterroot
Weber Gallatin
Webber
Wendler electric solidbody
Weymann mandolute
Wiens... new price
 
Wilson (2)
Zeidler

CASES - please visit our CVG CASES PAGE for new Caltons and Hoffees, plus vintage cases.


Antoria F model, 1970s. Similar to an Ibanez from the same period.
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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 M F5, 2007. A spot of touchup by the treble f-hole, speed neck. In a lightweight case. $10,000
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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 Bob Altman originally made his mandolin for Mike Marshall with a long scale.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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Arches F. Signed by Chris Baird; nice birdseye maple back, speed neck, warm brown-stain finish. In a hardshell case. $3,750
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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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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 MF. Satin finish, tortoise binding. In a hardshell case. $3,300

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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 F5, 2002. Sim Daley almost finished this mandolin before trading it to Dave Harvey (who was then working for the Violin Shop and now heads Gibson's mandolin production). Harvey graduated the top and gave it a natural varnish finish. Key phrase being "graduated the top" for a great sound. In a hardshell case.  $7,500
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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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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.
new price... $20,000

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Duff F5, 2012. Wonderful look, wonderful tone. In a Calton case. $8,000
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Duff F5, new. Flowerpot headstock inlay. In a Presto fiberglass case. $9,000
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Duff F5, 1984. This Sitka-topped A model is Paul Duff's sixth mandolin, and one he took with him when he first visited the U.S. in 1984. A later owner sent it back to Duff in Perth, Australia, for a makeover, and Duff recarved the top and back, replaced the fingerboard, and refinished it with French polish. It came out sounding better than ever. It is in the original wooden case that Duff made for the voyage. $5,500
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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.  new price.... $7,500
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Eastman 615 mandola, used (but not much). Good sound and good value in an F-style mandola. In its original hard case. $1,350
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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. new price.... $2,950
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Ellis F5 Special, 2013. Mandolin No. 300 from Tom Ellis of Austin, TX. In as-new condition, right down to the original strings. (inv MN381)
$10,000

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Ellis F5 Special, new. Adirondack top, sugar maple back. Upgrades include gold-plated Waverly tuners, and triple-bound body and headstock. In a Travelite case with built-in hygrometer. (inv MN327) $11,500
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Giacomel J5. Unique Italian design by Corrado Giacomel of Genoa, championed by David Grisman. Rich tone and unique look. In a hardshell case. $12,500
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Gilchrist Model 1, 2009. This is Gilchrist's Junior model, stripped down to basics but still a beautifully designed instrument with a nice one-piece back. In a TKL hard case. $7,450
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Gilchrist Model 3, 2011. A beautiful f-hole A-style mandolin. In a Calton case.  $14,500
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Gilchrist Model 4 Junior, 2010. An oval-hole F model with the no-frills treatment of a Junior.  In its original mint green Calton case.
$13,400
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Gilchrist Model 5, 2006. The standard Gilchrist F-style model, with exquisite tone and impeccable craftsmanship. In a mint green Calton case. $21,900
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Gilchrist Model 5C, 1996. Gilchrist's "classical" model, one of five instruments made for the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble, owned and used on NME recordings by Fred Carpenter, later owned by Walter Carter. With a spectacular one-piece back. In a rectangular TKL case. $24,000
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Gilchrist Model 5 Mandola. Beautiful one-piece back, rich tone, red-tinged finish. In a rectangular Calton case.
$25,000

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Henderson F, 2002. Barely played, great sound. In a hard case. $15,000
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Kay K390 Professional, c1960. "Powerful hi-fi magnetic pickup. In a soft case.  $500


Kimble A5, 2006. Great sound and great looks from Will Kimble of Cincinnati. In a hardshell case. $4,500
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Kimble Mandola, new. Will Kimble's two-point design provides a big body for full, rich mandola tone; 16" scale. In a Cedar Creek case. $4,900
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Kirk F5, 1991. The late Marion Kirk of Huntsville, AL, (d. 2010) made some powerful mandolins in the style of Gibson's F-5 (right down to the logo). In a lightweight hard case. $8,000
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Martin A, 1970. Exceptionally fine condition, warmer tone with more sustain than a carved-top model. In a hardshell case. $800
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Martin AK-45, 1983. Martin never offered their koa A-style with the pearl trim of a Style 45 guitar, so this beauty was custom-ordered by a Martin aficionado to celebrate the company's 150th anniversary. It's the fanciest mandolin ever made by Martin, and the hand-cut pearl headstock logo was a first for Martin. The label is signed by C.F. Martin III and IV. In its original hardshell case. $7,500
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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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Nugget A, late 1970s. This un-numbered A model was the first of Mike Kemnitzer's mandolin to have the Nugget name on the headstock (the headstock veneer has since been replaced). In a rectanglar hardshell case. $7,250
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Old Wave "The One." Made by Bill Bussman (as a companion to "The Other One"). In a tweed-covered hardshell case. $3,000
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Pava mandolins are made in the shop of Tom Ellis by Pava Knevezic.
Pava Satin Brown, new. Nickel Gotoh tuners, Allen tailpiece, brown satin finish. In a hardshell case. SOLD another on the way
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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. SOLD
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Pava Pro, new. Double-bound top and back, bound fingerboard and headstock, gold-plated Gotohs, James tailpiece. Hard case. SOLD, another on the way
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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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Red Line A-5VSB, new. Made by Steve Smith in Hendersonville, TN. A great price on a US-made mandolin. $2,250
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Red Line A-5 VSB Relic, new. Years of playing wear built in to this mandolin. $2,750
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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.   NEW PRICES.... $8,000 individually or $15,000 for the set
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Smart 10-string mandolin/mandola, 2009. Fan frets provide a scale length ranging from 14 1/4" to 15 3/4" for the full range or mandolin/mandola tonality. In its original case. $6,500
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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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Triggs F, 1997. An early post-Gibson mandolin from the man who revived Gibson mandolin produciton in the late 1980s. $4,500
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Triggs F, 2010. Satin finish, broken in by Wayne Benson. In a Travelite case. $3,950
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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. new price.... $9,500
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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... $3,250
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Voight A5, 2012. Made by Dan Voight of Nashville, serial number 11. $3,500
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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 Absoroka, 2008. A nice-sounding and nice-looking A model from the Bozeman, MT, production period. In its original case. $1,200

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Weber Gallatin F. No binding, no frills, just good tone. Natural finish. In its original hardshell case. $2,250
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Weber Big Sky, 2005. Rich brown stain finish. In its original case. $3,250
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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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Wendler electric. Eight strings, unique sculpted body for comfortable playing and light weight; Kent Armstrong magnetic pickup and piezo pickup. In a lightweight hard case. $1,200
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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. NEW PRICE...  $8,950
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Craig Wilson of Bakersfield, CA, (host of the Supergrass/Loarfest West in 2006-07) made a splash at 2013 IBMA with his new mandolins. Carter Vintage is happy to offer a pair of Wilson F-5s, both featuring oil varnish finish (12-15 micro-coats of True Oil gunstock oil) and Gotoh tuners.
Wilson F5, sn 008. $4,500
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Wilson F5, sn 009. $4,500
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Wood Florentine 2-point, sn 1102. Nice workmanship and great sound from Randy Wood of Bloomingdale, GA. In a rectangular hardshell case. $4,250
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Zeidler Carrara, 1984. John Zeidler of Philadelphia was one of 21 luthiers asked to contribute to Scott Chinery's Blue Guitar collection in 1998. Sadly, he died four years later of leukemia at age 44. His mandolins were as unique as his guitars, and he made this one in 1984 for his friend John McGann, who took it to Winfield in 1995 and won the National Mandolin Championship. McGann later sold it to Tommy Comeaux, a founding member of the Cajun band Beausoleil. After Comeaux was killed by an epileptic motorist while riding his bicycle, his family sent it to Dave Hussong at Fretware Guitars in Franklin, OH. Larry Nager, a bluegrass mandolinist and music editor for the Cincinnati Enquirer was interviewing Hussong for a feature story, and during a break in the interview he picked up this mandolin. Later, while transcribing the interview, he discovered he had left his tape recorder on, and the sound of the Zeidler brought him back to Fretware to buy it. Nager later received a full-color Zeigler catalog and a pricelist, and they are included with this instrument.  In its original hardshell case. $25,000
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