This is a c.1950 harp mandolin stamped “Mogar” (= Monzino & Garlandini) from Milan, Italy. It was a gift to me from Antonello Saccu on my last trip to Genoa. As he didn’t want to spend the time restoring it, he gave it to me as a present (as I'm always happy to add another unique harp-something to the museum!).
I decided I can live without (as I've a similar, older one in excellent condition), so will pass on the funds to Antonello.
It's as inexpensive as I dare offer it, while not so much that you can't have it fixed up (or do it yourself). How good you want it to look (and/or play) is up to you.
Damage can be seen on the right column: The lower part of the top has a couple cracks emenatiing from the crushed edge, and the arm joint is a bit cracked and separated. There are a few other scratches, nicks and dings, but as you can see from the photos at left, it's got a lot of potential to look very nice, interesting, and perhaps even sound great. It even has its original bridge!
The soundhole design and inlaid rosewood pickguard are very nice touches as well.
The perfect thing to put under the Christmas tree of your favorite luthier!
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