Harp Mandola, built by the Larson brothers
only 5 known to exist!
If youíre checking
this out, I assume youíve already read my book on the Dyer
Symphony Harp Plectral Ensemble.
Youíll see all my
research on the mandolas there. This is the plain model 135, serial #
403 (so likely the third of five built). Itís in all original
condition with a new compensated bridge, in great shape and has never
been worked on that I can tell. The pickguard has the slightest edge
curling, there is a discoloration spot behind the neck joint, and
there are slight back cracks. Playing and cosmetic wear is typical and
not distracting. If you're picky, I can take more photos in natural
Its only flaw is the
action, which comes from deformation of the top above the soundhole.
This is a given on all Dyer harp mandolins and mandolas, and can be
rectified a couple of ways. Iíll leave that up to you. It has light,
temporary strings on it, but even so I can tell that this sounds at
least 3 times better than the Dyer harp mandolins.
The photo at right is only included to show the size and scale difference of the two instruments (Dyer harp mandolin and harp mandola).
I'm selling this as I was lucky enough to get another. This one is actually in much better shape.
line: If you own a
Dyer harp guitar or harp mandolin, this is the perfect companion
piece. If youíre a mandola player with an interest in vintage
instruments, this is a must have Ė and possibly the only remaining
opportunity to acquire this rare American treasure.
- Gregg "Sir Gregory" Miner
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