Store Owner David E. Eisner:
"This is a C. F. Martin Bowlback mandolin, Style #5, Made in 1907. The serial number is 2356. We acquired this instrument as part of an estate settlement of the late John Ringle. We first saw this beauty back in 2006 when HMT appraised his instrument collection.
When we took possession of the mandolin, it would grade out at excellent plus. We had one of our senior luthiers, Marc Glickman, go through the entire instrument. Marc has over 30 years experience restoring fretted instruments and violins.
Marc did the following: Repaired neck bindings, keeping the original bone intact. Added one previously missing position dot. Re-glued a very small separation at the neck joint. Finally, a set-up was done including a light fret dressing, lowering the action and reshaping the bridge. Two small top wear areas have been re-touched and sealed. The strings used are D'addario EJ-73, light gauge.
In 1907, the Style 5 was the top of the line. Martin only made a total of 5 that year. This one hits the "trifecta" so to speak in that some of the materials are Brazilian Rosewood, Ivory, and Pearl! As of June 25, 2017, we cannot find one comparable to this piece in respect to age, condition, sound, and playability. Given the fact that this instrument is over 110 years old, we would grade it as near mint.
An outstanding example of American craftsmanship, and truly a piece of history."
Hardshell case included (not original).
This item cannot be shipped outside of the United States due to the inclusion of rosewood.
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