New/Old Mandolin Day!

Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by nmiller, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. nmiller

    nmiller Drowning in lap steels Silver Supporting Member

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    Nothing much to say, just a bragging opportunity. It's a mid '20s Washburn Style E, built in Chicago by Lyon and Healy. Spruce and Brazilian, with a mahogany neck and ebony board & bridge. It's about as close to mint as I've ever seen on an instrument in it's 8th decade - the little ding below the pickguard comprises about 90% of the total wear. It has the straightest neck I've ever played on a mandolin this old, which is remarkable considering it's a 1-piece neck without a truss rod.

    The mando has lots of bassy projection and great balance across the strings. The high end is clear but has a certain softness and warmth that I've never encountered before; it gives the instrument a great sound for jazz. Out of all my mandolins, this one sounds the best unaccompanied; others have more cutting power in a band setting, but this one has the tonal balance of a nice parlor guitar.

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  2. bazooka47

    bazooka47 Member

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    Very pretty old mando. Congrats!
     
  3. musicofanatic5

    musicofanatic5 Supporting Member

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  4. Pa'ani

    Pa'ani Supporting Member

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    Congratulations on your sweet mid 1920's Washburn Style E mandolin! Enjoy...
     

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