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Altman F5
Altman F snakehead
Brentrup mandola
Brentrup 23V
Chris Stapleton's Collings MT2  
Collings MF5 Deluxe varnish (2)
Cushman F5
Daley Vintage F natural
Daley "Hoss" replica

Duff F5 new
Duff F5, 2012
Duff mandocellos
Ellis F5

GIBSONS have their own page

Gilchrist Model 5
Henderson F, 2002
Kimble F, 2012
Kirk F5

Martin AK-45
Mix F5
Monteleone F5
Monteleone Grand Artist
Pava (4)
Poe F4
Smart from Element Quartet
Smart custom mandolin and prices  
Smart 10 string

Triggs F (2)
Unicorn 76
Voight A
Weber Absaroka
Weber Bitterroot
Weber Gallatin
Wendler electric solidbody
Weymann mandolute
Wood (Randy) 2 pt.
Wilson (2)

CASES - please visit our CVG CASES PAGE for new Caltons and Hofffees, plus vintage cases.

Altman F5, 2008. An excellent F-5 by Bob Altman of Colbert, GA. With speed neck. Lightweight case. $12,950
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Altman F Snakehead, 2010. Bob Altman originally made his mandolin for Mike Marshall with a long scale. After playing it for a while, Marshall changed his mind about long-scale mandolins. Altman relocated the nut to the position of what was originally the first fret, and now the scale is 14 1/4", just 1/4" longer than standard. In a hardshell case. $8,950
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Breedlove Black Gold, 2010. Flat black finish, armrest added, gold-plated hardware. In its original hardshell case. $1,250
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Brentrup Model 32-S mandola, 2002. A powerful mandola with the three-point body shape of early Gibsons, made by Johannes Brentrup of Minneapolis. West Virginia red spruce top, curly maple back and sides, vase-and-wire headstock inlay, Handel tuners, violin spirit varnish over oil varnish finish. $20,700
Video of Tyler Andal playing the Brentrup.
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  Brentrup 23V, c2001. Italian spruce top, varnish finish. In a rectangular hard case. $7,500
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Collings MF5 Deluxe Varnish, 2004. Collings' fanciest model, with engraved tailpiece, elaborate headstock inlay and varnish finish; set up to play, with a speed neck. In a hardshell case, $9,500

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Collings MF5 Deluxe Varnish, 2009. This was Jesse Cobb's main axe, used onstage and on recordings with the Infamous Stringdusters. Some minor dings pick scratches, as would be expected; great sound. Check out Jesse's farewell video. $8,000
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Collings MT2. NAMM show sample from Collings' first batch of mandolins. Lacquer finish; bought new by Chris Stapleton (formerly of the Steeldrivers); autographed on top by Ricky Skaggs; finish chipped on neck near nut. In a hardshell case.  Collings' very first MT2 with varnish finish, made for the 2005 NAMM show (not yet labeled with a "V" for varnish), beautifully figured 2-piece back. $2750
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Cushman F5. Made by Matt Cushman of Great Falls, MT. A great value in a handmade F-style mandolin. In a violin-style rectangular case. $2,450
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Daley "Hoss" replica, 2007. Sim Daley made this relic'd replica of Sam Bush's famous "Hoss" F-5, but Sam never picked it up, so Adam Steffey played it and won an IBMA award. In a fiberglass case. $21,500
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Daley Vintage F, 2011. Sim Daley of Nashville snagged a piece of spruce from a 300-year-old building in New York City for the top of this F-style mandolin. In a hardshell case. $8,500
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Dudenbostel F-5, 2003. This beautiful custom mandolin was featured in the DIY Network's "Handmade Music" show, played by Andy Leftwich  at the Ryman Auditorium and at Ricky Skaggs' studio. Swiss Alpine spruce top, birdseye maple back and sides, Virzi, tortoise baindng, Waverly tuners, tortoise pattern binding, radiused fingerboard, banjo-size frets, oil varnish finish. In a Travelite case with built-in hygrometer. $24,750
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Duff F5, 2012. Wonderful look, wonderful tone. In a Calton case. NEW PRICE... $8.000
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Duff A5, new. Just arrived from Perth, Australia. In a Presto fiberglass case. SOLD
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Duff F5, new. Flowerpot headstock inlay. In a Presto fiberglass case. $9,000
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Duff K5 mandocello, 2004. Made by Paul Duff of Perth, Australia. The 16" guitar body has minor dings and scratches. Used on the CD Inspired by Mark Daly. $5950
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Duff K-5 mandocello, 2010. This stunning, natural-finish Duff mandocello, like Gibson's original K-5 of 1924, has the body of the L-5 guitar, with 16" width.  $9500
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Elkhorn F, 2005. An early example - serial number 4 - from Robb Brophy of Durango, CO; radiused fingerboard, one-piece back and satin finish. In a hardshell case. $3,000
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Ellis F5, 2007. This is No. 112 from Austin mandolin maker Tom Ellis. Beautiful one-piece back and beautiful tone to match. In a mint-green Calton case. $10,500
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Gilchrist Model 5, 2008. Tone bars, radiused fingerboard. In its original mint green Calton case. No need to wait on a new one. Video by David Benedict. $22,000
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Henderson F, 2002. Barely played, great sound. In a hard case. $15,000
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Kimble F, 2012. A great, well-balanced F from Will Kimble of Cincinnati, with a dark line of binding on the side as well as the top, plus a killer back. In a white/teal Calton case. $9,250
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Kirk F5, 1991. The late Marion Kirk of Huntsville, AL, (d. 2010) made some powerful mandolins in the style of Gibson's F-5 (right down to the logo). In a lightweight hard case. $8,000
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Martin AK-45, 1983. Martin never offered their koa A-style with the pearl trim of a Style 45 guitar, so this beauty was custom-ordered by a Martin aficionado to celebrate the company's 150th anniversary. It's the fanciest mandolin ever made by Martin, and the hand-cut pearl headstock logo was a first for Martin. The label is signed by C.F. Martin III and IV. In its original hardshell case. $7,500
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Monteleone F5, 1978. This is instrument No. 20 from John Monteleone, one of the premier makers of archtop guitars. Monteleone's earliest instruments were inspired by Gibson's F-5, and this one delivers all the tone and chop that mandolinists would expect from a classic F-5. In a rectangular Price case. ON HOLD
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Monteleone Grand Artist. Serial number 44 shows Montelone's transition from Gibosn's influence to his own artistic elements, including the relaxed scroll, wider headstock, smaller pickguard and signature tailpiece. This Grand Artist retains the powerful sound of his earlier F5s. The tuners have been replaced and the original footprints have been drop-filled to make them almost indetectible. In a hardshell case. $23,500
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Pava mandolins are made in the shop of Tom Ellis by Pava Knevezic. We were so impressed with the quality and value of these mandolins that we bought all the mandolins that Pava brought to the summer NAMM show in Nashville.
Pava Satin Brown, new. Nickel Gotoh tuners, Allen tailpiece, brown satin finish. In a hardshell case. $2249
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Pava Satin Amber, new. Nickel Gotoh tuners, Allen tailpiece, amber satin finish. In a hardshell case. SOLD
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Pava Player, new. Nickel Gotoh tuners, Allen tailpiece, gloss sunburst finish. In a hardshell case. $2849
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Pava Pro, new.>Double-bound top and back, bound fingerboard and headstock, gold-plated Gotohs, James tailpiece. Hard case. $3249
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Pava Pro #100. Pava Knevezic celebrated her 100th Pava mandolin by choosing special woods, expanding the headstock inlay and adding a double-bound pickguard. In a hardshell case. $3699
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Poe F-4. 2007. A beautiful copy of Gibson's classic F-4 oval hole design by Andrew Poe of Columbia, MO. In a hardshell case. $3750
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Price Deluxe, 1997. Made by Gary Price of Jones, OK. Powerful cutting sound, beautifully figured maple back. A little misstep with the top finish. We're thinking of putting a black finish on the top--at no extra charge. In a rectangular hardshell case. $5250
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Rigel G-110, 1998. Nice acoustic sound and wonderful plugged-in tone. In a hardshell case. $2750
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Rigel A-Plus Deluxe
. Sunburst finish, gold hardware. $1,500

Smart A model, 2013. A.L. Smart created the Element Quartet in 2013, featuring this warm sunburst finish. Features include Engelmann top, one-piece back, three-piece neck and James tailpiece. In an English-made Calton case. NEW PRICE... $4,200
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Smart custom mandolin and mandola, 2012. Designed and originally owned by noted stained-glass maker Arthur Stern of Oakland, CA. Tonally and aesthetically unique. In Calton cases.   NEW PRICES.... $8,000 individually or $15,000 for the set
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Smart 10-string mandolin/mandola, 2009. Fan frets provide a scale length ranging from 14 1/4" to 15 3/4" for the full range or mandolin/mandola tonality. In its original case. $6,500
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Triggs F, 2006. A nice example from renowned archtop guitar and mandolin maker Jim Triggs of Lawrence, KS. In a hardshell case. $6,500
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Triggs F, 1997. An early post-Gibson mandolin from the man who revived Gibson mandolin produciton in the late 1980s. $4,500
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Tucker F-5, 1994. Made by Melvin Tucker of Washington, GA. Played by Wayne Benson. One-piece back, replaced tuners. In a rectangular hardshell case. $10,000
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Unicorn 76, 1976. One of 11 made by Rolfe Gerhardt of Austin, TX (15 were planned but Rolfe only got to 11 before the year was over). Great sound and a rare collectible piece. In a hardshell case. New price... $3,750
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Voight A5, 2012. Made by Dan Voight of Nashville, serial number 11. Minor playing wear - evidence of great sound. James tailpiece, Waverly tuners. In a hardshell case. $3,500
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Weber Bitterroot F, 1999. One of the earliest Webers, made in Bozeman, MT. Full sound, "speed" neck (finish removed), Daniel Smith ebony bridge, cast Weber tailpiece. In a rectangular hardshell case. $2,500
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Weber Absoroka, 2008. A nice-sounding and nice-looking A model from the Bozeman, MT, production period. In its original case. $1,200

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Weber Gallatin F. No binding, no frills, just good tone. Natural finish. In its original hardshell case. $2,250

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Webber F5 Corinne. Made by Ray Webber in the Dearstone mandolin shop. Beautiful curly maple and beautiful tone as well, as indicated by the playing wear on the back of the neck. In a rectangular hardshell case. $4,500
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Wendler electric. Eight strings, unique sculpted body for comfortable playing and light weight; Kent Armstrong magnetic pickup and piezo pickup. In a lightweight hard case. $1,200
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Weymann Mandolute, 1920s. A beautiful instrument with a demure sound; nice curly maple back and sides. In its original hardshell case. $1,250
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Wiens F5, 2003. Made by Jamie Wiens in Cranbrook, BC, for journalist Steve Stone. Check out Stone's article in Jan. 2004 issue of Vintage Guitar magazine. Also listen to Jeff Rose playing "Red Wing" on this mandolin. Nice one-piece back, speed neck. In a fiberglass Eastman case. $9,650
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Craig Wilson of Bakersfield, CA, (host of the Supergrass/Loarfest West in 2006-07) made a splash at 2013 IBMA with his new mandolins. Carter Vintage is happy to offer a pair of Wilson F-5s, both featuring oil varnish finish (12-15 micro-coats of True Oil gunstock oil) and Gotoh tuners.
Wilson F5, sn 008. $4,500
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Wilson F5, sn 009. $4,500
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Wood Florentine 2-point. Nice workmanship and great sound from Randy Wood of Bloomingdale, GA. In a rectangular hardshell case. $4,250
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Zeidler Carrara, 1984. John Zeidler of Philadelphia was one of 21 luthiers asked to contribute to Scott Chinery's Blue Guitar collection in 1998. Sadly, he died four years later of leukemia at age 44. His mandolins were as unique as his guitars, and he made this one in 1984 for his friend John McGann, who took it to Winfield in 1995 and won the National Mandolin Championship. McGann later sold it to Tommy Comeaux, a founding member of the Cajun band Beausoleil. After Comeaux was killed by an epileptic motorist while riding his bicycle, his family sent it to Dave Hussong at Fretware Guitars in Franklin, OH. Larry Nager, a bluegrass mandolinist and music editor for the Cincinnati Enquirer was interviewing Hussong for a feature story, and during a break in the interview he picked up this mandolin. Later, while transcribing the interview, he discovered he had left his tape recorder on, and the sound of the Zeidler brought him back to Fretware to buy it. Nager later received a full-color Zeigler catalog and a pricelist, and they are included with this instrument.  In its original hardshell case. $25,000
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