SHERYL'S FATHER, GERALD Collins, is getting ready to sell his house. The family has lived there 40 years, and there's a lot of stuff to go through.
He came into the store yesterday with a small case, opened it up, and said, "Where did this come from?"
It's an incredible Weber Gallatin mandolin, handmade in Montana. It's worth almost $3,000. Sheryl and her dad couldn't figure out how it sat in a closet at the house for many years. Sheryl thought maybe her brother landed it, or perhaps Sheryl's late mother purchased it without her husband's knowledge.
"You paid for everything, you know," Sheryl said to her dad.
"I know," he said, with a sigh.
Anyway, Sheryl contacted the Weber Mandolin company, and lo and behold, the owner himself answered back and gave us an instrument history. Sheryl apparently won it from a magazine contest when she lived in Wyoming a decade ago, then forgot all about it after she moved back to Quincy. It had been a very stressful time in her life and those memories are still very sketchy. Her father was only slightly disappointed.
So we have a high-end Mandolin for sale that looks and sounds like it was made in heaven. If you are interested, let us know - we've already put feelers out and will probably search out potential buyers online.
Sometimes you just don't know what you have until it's gone - or it's found in a closet before it's gone!
Gallatin F Mandolin serial # 6256701
Signed by the maker Bruce Weber
Tone braced Sitka spruce top, mahogany back, rim and neck
Unbound ebony veneer with Weber logo
Bound ebony fingerboard with 1-1/8th inch bone nut
MOP diamond fret markers
Double action truss rod
Grover tuners, cast tailpiece, ebony adjustable bridge
Faded leather color, satin nitro lacquer finish
Custom plush mandolin case
Includes all original paperwork and tools
For sale at Second String Music, 100 N. Fifth St, Quincy IL. Serious inquiries only!