Dave Wendler of Wendler Instruments, advises that a friend of the family brought in an ‘old mandolin’ for him to repair. The instrument apparently belonged to her grandfather and had been in the family for at least sixty years. Dave advises that her mother wanted to get the mandolin into playing shape so perhaps one of the grand kids could learn to play.
There is some work to be done, and most of the mandolin experts I’ve spoken with in the last few days say that Steve Gilchrist is the guy to do the restoration, and he’s Australian. Perhaps one of you folks need a fine old Gibson? We are not going to restore before the sale, we felt it was best to leave this up to the purchaser.