Washburn Bowl Back - Style 250 - VERY Rare - Brazilian Rosewood - Great Player - Case - Ships FREE!!

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For sale is an extraordinarily rare piece of American musical history that was made to last a lifetime and has exceeded those expectations.  Crafted by the most skilled luthiers of the time, the Washburn style 250 was one of the highest end models of mandolin made at the turn of the 20th century.
Hand crafted from Brazilian rosewood, Engelmann spruce, Honduran mahogany, African Ebony and mother of pearl, this mandolin is  an amalgamation of the finest tone woods and most beautiful appointments mother nature offers.   Made for one year only, this is the only 1905 Washburn Style 250 for sale currently and the only one I have ever observed.    This is your chance to own a true unicorn that is undervalued and overlooked in todays instrument world. 

All hardware is original and functions as it should. The center seam and a small adjacent soundboard crack have been professionally repaired with a cross grain spruce graft from the interior and will not reopen.  The mandolin has just been setup, lightly cleaned and restrung with extra light strings.   The neck is very straight, action low and all notes ring clear.   The mandolin intonates well and is a pleasure to play.   The voice is loud, clear and free of harsh overtones.  The volume, projection and sustain are incredible for such a small instrument and the tone is simply superb Brazilian rosewood and straight grained old growth spruce excellence.  

 This mandolin comes with the case, however the original leather straps that hinges the top to the case have broken.    A competent leather worker could easily repair the case.  

I am happy to answer questions. 

This will ship professionally packaged and fully insured as soon as payment is received.  

Thank you! 

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