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Oct 3, 2023 - 1:49:34 PM
3 posts since 9/3/2020

Thank you to all of you who responded to my message last week about the Dayton banjo mandolins I have inherited. I had some of the information from the research I did a year or so ago. This past weekend I contacted a stringed instrument repair guy near me who gave me an opinion on the value of these pieces. He was not familiar with Chas B. Rausch or the Dayton Music Company.

So with that being said, I have decided to sell both of these instruments together and all that came with them. I would rather see them go to someone who IS familiar with them and understands the history and value of them. I will tell you how they ended up with me.
My grandpa, who was from the Dayton, Ohio area had a sister named Anne, I believe. She married Charles B. Rausch. I remember seeing her many years ago when I was very young. As far as I know - they had no children. Chas Rausch gave them to my grandpa - who was his brother-in-law. When my grandpa passed, my dad inherited them and when he passed in 2018, I inherited them.
I would like them to go to someone who truly appreciates them .  I am asking $600 or best offer PLUS shipping.  This is for both instruments, both original cases plus all I received with them.                          

Once I know who will get them - I will take them to UPS and see what the charge is to ship them. Once the payment clears, I will ship them. I will also provide my address and phone number as well. Please send offers to jkullery@ Contact me for questions or if you want more photos 

Offers will be accepted until Oct 25, 2023.

Thank you,

Ken Ullery


Edited by - kcullery on 10/03/2023 14:57:13

Oct 3, 2023 - 2:05:52 PM
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"Best offer" is too open ended & vague. As a seller, you should come up w/ the first ballpark figure. (Check out the internet going prices for similar items. I'm not sure the background story is going to add much value to the final amount.) Appraising an instrument is a bit of a chore that I think a seller should put some effort into.

Oct 3, 2023 - 2:23:59 PM

3 posts since 9/3/2020

You made a good point! Can you tell me how I can edit my post so I can make some changes?? I don't see where to edit.

Thank you!

Oct 3, 2023 - 2:38:29 PM

2188 posts since 4/18/2007

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Oct 3, 2023 - 2:43:50 PM
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Look at the lower right corner of your original post. There is a small icon with a pencil. Click there and an editable page will pop up. The original poster of a forum can edit until the forum is turned to the archives. Responders only have about 15 minutes to edit their post. I use that feature regularly when I realize I should have proofread before hitting "post reply".

Bob Smakula

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