It looks like the late, lamented Mandolin Bros. is now under new ownership. So many of us miss the old store and its owner, Stan Jay. What's intriguing is that the new owner says he "will soon be opening a couple of new store fronts."
I wouldn't hold my breath. They first announced the "new" Mandolin Brothers quite a long time ago.
Note that the page you linked to was updated January 22, 2021, and they had only 3 items in stock.
The only later postings that I could find with a quick google search were an instagram post dated January 30, 2021, stating that they are ". . .under new management by . . . Michael Indelicato;" and they were listed as a Reverb dealer on May 16, 2021, but show no current activity or sold listings.
Apparently , there is now a band calling themselves Mandolin Brothers.
You're probably right, Bob. It's a pipe dream to expect anything even remotely close to what Stan Jay built.
I had Mandolin Bros. on my mind this morning. I was going through some old papers, and I stumbled across copies of the Vintage News, the newsletter Stan Jay put out every month. That newsletter was very informative and highly entertaining.
Edited by - Joe Connor on 10/17/2021 09:26:28
Stan Jay and his cohorts made Mandolin Brothers.
Without Stan and his staff, this is nothing more than a new store using an old name.
Kind of like “Mastertone”...
Just a little history and some approximate dates on the demise of Mandolin Brothers:
October, 2014-- Owner Stan Jay passes from cancer.
November 15, 2015-- An article in the NY Times reports the intentions of the three surviving members of the family to sell "the shop and its contents by the end of the year." The article implies that the family had been trying to operate the business by themselves, without any mention of current employees. At the time of the article, the store was open by appointment only.
February, 2017-- Several sources announce the closure of the shop, and the pending sale of the name to an undisclosed buyer. Any remaining stock will be sold on-line.
January 22, 2021-- After a gap of nearly four years, the website announces that "The Mandolin Brothers is under new ownership." The owner is identified as Michael Indelicato, and it is stated that " . . . we are now open for business online and we will soon be opening a couple of new store fronts." Three instruments are listed. One is a 1975 Guild electric archtop guitar, the second is a 9 ft. x 7 ft. 400 lb solid brass guitar built as a promotional piece for a short lived manufacturer, and the last is a $599 AXL electric guitar. The website has not been updated since then.
May 16, 2021-- A Reverb account is set up for Mandolin Brothers. As of today, that account shows no current or sold listings.
That's all, folks!
Edited by - rcc56 on 10/17/2021 13:28:44
I'll believe it when I see it.
If they're going to do it, they'd better do it soon. The public has a short memory, and for all practical purposes, the business has been defunct for at least four or five years.
Bill Rogers (Moderator)
The name on the new store/website—whatever—will have no more meaning than the current Asian banjos that carry old banjo brands like Orpheum and Paramount.
'1923 Martin AK Mandolin' 25 min
'1926 Gibson TB-1 Tenor' 2 hrs
'ML-1 with case B-Stock' 3 hrs