Antique Musical Instruments/Mandolin


Stephen wrote at 2009-12-27 23:32:58
Hi there, i came across this post whilst looking for information on my mandolin. I picked it up at my local antique shop. The name on the headstock says Beare Sole Distributers. The sticker inside is  quite deteriorated but i can make out the name Reghin which would possibly suggest that this was made in romania?

I found a website for a company called Hora based in Reghin who seem to make similar styled instruments.

Any way i have uploaded a few pics of the mandolin.

Any more information would be great.

Thanks in advance



G.Bertin wrote at 2014-08-20 20:58:11
I also have a B&S parlor style guitar C/W the original canvas and cardboard case that opens from the bottom. this is the first time I heard anyone talk of this make. My guitar plays beautifully and sounds so nice with a glass slide. I have no idea what it's worth. I have a feeling that B&S may have been commissioned to build some of these instruments to be ordered in catalogues back in the day especially here in the Great white north. If Jim knows anything more about my guitar I would love to hear some more.

Thx. George Bertin

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PLEASE NOTE: I will not be able to answer any questions about antique keyboards, accordions, concertinas, woodwinds, brass and percussion.

I can answer most questions on fretted instruments, my main area of expertise is in vintage mandolins, guitars and ukuleles. I also know some things about old banjos as well.

I have decided to no longer evaluate instruments -- it is very difficult without the instrument in hand. For guitars and some other American fretted instruments, I recommend the Vintage Guitar Price guide. Also, be aware that most insurance companies want written appraisals so my valuation would not work anyway.

ALSO PLEASE NOTE: it is near-impossible to accurately appraise a violin or bow remotely. If you truly want to find out what you have, you will likely need to take it to a reputable local dealer. Many of these folks will at least give you a verbal assessment of what you have after an inspection in hand and, if it is indeed worth something, can write you up a formal appraisal, usually for a fee.

If you have any questions about zithers please check the following sites: or
Between the two of them, they have it all covered for any zither-like instrument.


I have been buying, selling, collecting and playing old and antique instruments for over 30 years. My recent specialty has been in European mandolins and classical and Italian mandolin music.

Classical Mandolin Society of America, active participant on the Mandolin Cafe

Guild of American Luthiers, Sing Out Magazine,

BA, Brandeis University

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