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SSS Champion No. 2. On eBay. Might be a Deal—or not.

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Aug 15, 2020 - 1:24:21 AM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

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23880 posts since 6/25/2005

From an estate with the instruments being handled by Gryphon.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/353169619552

Aug 15, 2020 - 4:03:07 AM

10831 posts since 4/23/2004

Gotta give props to Gryphon, they always have great pix. I visited their shop 20yrs ago and I still occasionally buy from them. Nice folks.

Would be a fine entry-level instrument for classic style or clawhammer. The date is as close as yer gonna get.

Replace that bridge with a nice, correct lightweight one, replace the tailpiece with a tie-on. I like fiberskyn but probably install a good skin too.

Edited by - trapdoor2 on 08/15/2020 04:08:56

Aug 15, 2020 - 6:50:02 AM

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While not “period correct”, the tailpiece that is on it was made for gut strings and will work fine. Mark Ralston makes a very good Common Sense tailpiece (a pattern introduced in the early summer of 1891).

Champions were “pro level” of their time. 11.5” rims are nice.

The weird filled inlays is a turnoff to me.

Aug 15, 2020 - 7:53:23 AM

10831 posts since 4/23/2004

quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks

While not “period correct”, the tailpiece that is on it was made for gut strings and will work fine. Mark Ralston makes a very good Common Sense tailpiece (a pattern introduced in the early summer of 1891).

Champions were “pro level” of their time. 11.5” rims are nice.

The weird filled inlays is a turnoff to me.


"weird inlays" = get it cheaper. Those can be fixed (or at least reasonably hidden). I think this one ought to be a good buy below $500. It looks "unsullied" apart from the odd inlay/scratching. Gryphon will ship it in a properly packed box.

Aug 15, 2020 - 8:00:48 PM

1122 posts since 3/1/2012

Up to $485, with 7 days to go.

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