Choice of two "Restoration to be Completed" Vintage Harmony Monterey Mandolins - fully restored prices indicated below or available on request - meantime, showing reduced selection of photos of both models available, before start of restoration - ready to go "In the Workshop" for restoration & available to "pre-order"!
A Full Set of Details of each of the Mandolins listed can be provided on request, but I have felt for some time that I needed to rationalise the amount of information confronting folks....hope it works for enquirers!
Over the last several years now I have sold dozens of Harmony made guitars, amongst many other vintage USA made guitars, but the Harmony & the Harmony-made Stellas have been the specialisation. They have ranged right through from the pre-WW11, depression era, through 1939/40, when Harmony acquired the Stella name, right through to 1975, when Harmony ceased manufacture in Chicago.....Mainly 6 strings, but 12 strings whenever I could get decent ones, and likewise my other particular favourites the 4 string Tenors.
So now we have the Harmony & Stella Mandolins I have collected along the way! Don't see them very often over here, but I've now built up a little stock of 5, in as near mint condition as you will get, for instruments of this age & type! The three Stella models are described on a seperate page....the two Harmony archtop & f-hole style models here.
No Mandolin you can buy new now will come with the vintage character of an All Solid woods made vintage Harmony Monterey, which you can buy, in such exceptionally good condition, for a price the equivalent to the cost of a new standard Eastman or Goldtone. Similarly the all solid Birch Stellas, listed separately.
Stock Numbers: VTG1472 & VTG1524/1.
These are exceptionally pristine vintage Stella Mandolins, except for missing the original pickguards (see "Condition" section below). The internal ink model number stamp is clearly visible on the "Redburst" version (H8010), but the usual corresponding date stamps cannot be seen.
Knowing that Harmony produced these Mandolins until at least 1970, and that on their guitars they only started to fit tuner bushings in around 1969, I'm assuming that they date from around that year, although I have a feeling that the model number designation H8010 might have been in succession to H410 at the very beginning of the 1970s.
I'm referring to them both as "Monterey" models, as although only the "Teaburst" finish version (H417) carries the Monterey name on the headstock, the H8010 version is in the same "Redburst" livery made famous on the Monterey archtop 6-string and Tenor 4-string guitars, I have restored many of.
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