20461-R M22 3-Point Prototype
Beautiful blackface 3-Point prototype mandolin, red spruce top. This is the prototype, signed February 2004, 61st instrument Hans built.
Edited description from Acoustic Music Company’s online advert: “This is a varnish early florentine 3-point style Model 22 made with Bosnian maple and topped with Adirondack spruce. The instrument is a blackface, Schaller tuners with ivoroid knobs, 1 and 1/8″ bone nut, fine sculpted ebony pick guard, scooped extension, flat fretboard, masterful fit and finish. Custom Calton case to accommodate the elongated 3 point body. This mandolin was the prototype (and is designated as such on the label) for this model.
From Mr. Brentrup: “The 3 point mandolin was Orville’s original (circa 1908) florentine instrument and is a very difficult build. It has a very different sound which is well suited to old time string band music.””
Charlie Rappaport taking it for a spin:
Custom Calton Case (Mandola Case)
2004 M23 V (Need Serial Number)
German Spruce top?
Exceptional M23V, serial number 80471-I, signed August 2004, 71st instrument that Hans built, Italian Spruce top, flamed maple 2-piece back, large frets, radiused fingerboard, back of head has an ebony veneer. Body, headstock, fingerboard and pickguard are bound in white with a black stripe, doubled fleur-de-lis headstock inlay, Varnish finish, Waverly tuners with ebony buttons, James tailpiece, the scooped fingerboard extension is fully fretted, custom “snowflake” fret markers.
Older pictures including build
Hans said “Here’s a picture of scraping after the first coat of varnish. Color differences are lighting. The real red scroll is camera flash. It’s just one coat a day from here on with a rough sand after about half of the finish is on.”
20456-G M23V, signed February, 2004, 56th instrument made by Hans. German Spruce Top with bearclaw pattern, naturally distressed, original tailpiece replaced with Bill James tailpiece, K & K Twin pickup with end-pin jack installed, sometimes equipped with fossilized ivory bridge top, original owner currently using the original.
2004 Brentrup 21V serial # 80475-I. Italian Spruce top, highly figured Maple back, sides, and neck. Black top, varnish finish. Ebony radiused fretboard, small dot pearl inlays. It has a slim neck, measuring 1 1/8″ at the bone nut. Ebony peghead overlay, fancy abalone inlay, pearl truss rod cover. Multiple tortoise/white bindings on top, back, neck, peghead, and Ebony bi-level pickguard. Ebony bridge, endpin, and strap button. Schaller tuners. Engraved silver tailpiece. The finish has developed fine varnish checking giving it a vintage look.
Signed September, 2004, 73rd instrument that Hans signed.
Italian spruce top, Bosnian maple back & sides, James tailpiece + Elite tuners added
40458-R L21, signed April, 2004, 58th instrument that Hans signed.
Red Spruce top. This was the prototype for the A5C that Hans built later on. The L-21 has a deeper body than the A5C , and has Euro maple back. A James tailpiece has since been added and the original Schaller tuners have been replaced with Elites.
This is a varnish “large” A model (10″ wide – 1/2″ larger than a standard A) and made with flame maple and West Virginia Red spruce, carved and contoured ebony pickguard.