Dyer Harp Mandola at Harp Guitar Music

Dyer Harp Mandola, built by the Larson brothers

1 of only 5 known to exist!



If youíre checking this out, I assume youíve already read my book on the Dyer Symphony Harp Plectral Ensemble.

Youíll see all my research on the mandolas there. This is the plain model 135, serial # 403 (so likely the third of five built). Itís in all original condition with a new compensated bridge, in great shape and has never been worked on that I can tell. The pickguard has the slightest edge curling, there is a discoloration spot behind the neck joint, and there are slight back cracks. Playing and cosmetic wear is typical and not distracting. If you're picky, I can take more photos in natural light.

Its only flaw is the action, which comes from deformation of the top above the soundhole. This is a given on all Dyer harp mandolins and mandolas, and can be rectified a couple of ways. Iíll leave that up to you. It has light, temporary strings on it, but even so I can tell that this sounds at least 3 times better than the Dyer harp mandolins.

The photo at right is only included to show the size and scale difference of the two instruments (Dyer harp mandolin and harp mandola).

I'm selling this as I was lucky enough to get another. This one is actually in much better shape.

Bottom line:  If you own a Dyer harp guitar or harp mandolin, this is the perfect companion piece. If youíre a mandola player with an interest in vintage instruments, this is a must have Ė and possibly the only remaining opportunity to acquire this rare American treasure.

- Gregg "Sir Gregory" Miner



  • Style 135
  • Serial # 403
  • Spruce top
  • Mahogany back, sides and neck
  • Inlaid celluloid pickguard
  • Pearl headstock inlay and  fret markers
  • Purfling and ivoroid binding and rosette.
  • 16-1/4" scale
  • Dimensions: 11-1/8" lower bout, 3" depth at tail block, ~27" total length
  • No case

    Price: $3500 SOLD

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