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  • AndyWAndyW Glasgow Scotland UK✭✭✭ Clarinets & Saxes- Selmer, Conn, Buescher, Leblanc et.al. // Guitars: Gerome, Caponnetto, Napoli, Musicalia, Bucolo, Sanchez et. al.
    Posts: 603

    looks like it was made from the leftover parts when someone added a new 6-string guitar’s neck to an old Selmer Eddie Freeman tenor body. Me? - I’d avoid

  • Jangle_JamieJangle_Jamie Scottish HighlandsNew De Rijk, some Gitanes and quite a few others
    Posts: 205

    It's convenient that the only part of the label missing is the number! What's the body then? Harmsworth and Willis?

    Rip
  • Jangle_JamieJangle_Jamie Scottish HighlandsNew De Rijk, some Gitanes and quite a few others
    Posts: 205
  • crookedpinkycrookedpinky Glasgow✭✭✭✭ Alex Bishop D Hole, Altamira M & JWC D hole
    Posts: 922

    Strange that the label says it's an Orchestra model. The bodies of Selmer 6 string and tenor guitars were identical and a lot of the tenor models were subsequently converted to 6 strings, but this one is an oddity. The neck looks like it has a correctly shaped heel and the tuners look original but the Selmer engraving is really suspect. I'd avoid it as well.

    always learning
  • BillDaCostaWilliamsBillDaCostaWilliams Barreiro, Portugal✭✭✭ Mateos, Altamira M01F, Huttl
    Posts: 640

    Went for £1,232.12.

    Incidentally there's a 1960s Selmer parlour guitar going for £169.

  • paulmcevoy75paulmcevoy75 Portland, MaineNew
    Posts: 118

    Could someone clue me in on which of these auctions will ship to the US? I'd love to get my hands on some of these for restoration projects.

  • BillDaCostaWilliamsBillDaCostaWilliams Barreiro, Portugal✭✭✭ Mateos, Altamira M01F, Huttl
    edited January 30 Posts: 640

    1930s René Gerome French mandolin 

    I acquired this via French site Leboncoin - some interesting instruments can appear there but you usually need a French phone number and mailing address.

    It needed some attention: raising the fingerboard and replacing the bridge in ebony to make it more playable in the higher register.

    This video shows some of the process and gives an idea of the sound


    WilliebillyshakesBuco
  • billyshakesbillyshakes NoVA✭✭✭ Park Avance - Dupont Nomade - Dupont DM-50E
    Posts: 1,334

    Cool, Bill. Is that a tortoise-shell "pickguard" below the sound hole?

  • BillDaCostaWilliamsBillDaCostaWilliams Barreiro, Portugal✭✭✭ Mateos, Altamira M01F, Huttl
    Posts: 640

    @billyshakes I'm not sure, but I don't think it's  tortoise-shell.

    Seems like it could be some type of plastic imitation.

    The Gerome mandolins often featured this as did other European and US made mandolins of the time.

    I'll ask on Mandolin Café - there are folks there who have studied these details exhaustively.

    billyshakes
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    @BillDaCostaWilliams It has such a nice tone. Warmer than any mandolin I heard (not that I heard that many), you almost get a sense that it's tuned octave lower. I think that's my favorite sounding mandolin.

    BillDaCostaWilliams
    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
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