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Offline ME_ Poppa

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Sigma mandolins by Martin
« on: Aug 04, 2007, 02:58:42 PM »
Hello,

Does anybody have an idea of what the relative worth of a Sigma mandolin would be?  I am looking to buy one for my daughter who has been playing now for a couple of years she is currently using my old, old Harmony that I bought in the mid-70's.

The Sigma that I am looking at costs $200.00 and is advertised as being in excellent condition.

Thanks for your help!

Craig

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Re: Sigma mandolins by Martin
« Reply #1 on: Aug 06, 2007, 04:38:34 PM »
It's been a number of years, and I remember little about my Sigma except that I thought it very playable, with a pleasant tone.

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Re: Sigma mandolins by Martin
« Reply #2 on: Aug 07, 2007, 05:01:21 AM »
Make sure it's not a laminate top - and it is setup well.
At least decent action - not too high off the fingerboard. A good used Mid-Missouri would be nice. 

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Re: Sigma mandolins by Martin
« Reply #3 on: Aug 24, 2007, 04:32:57 AM »
Yes, buyer beware, I bought a mandolin on e-bay for $60.00.  It had a laminate (plywood)top and just has no tone at all.  I'm not sure what to do with it, maybe donate it to the Goodwill.

Chili

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Re: Sigma mandolins by Martin
« Reply #4 on: Aug 24, 2007, 08:00:07 AM »
http://www.guitarsite.com/database/Guitars/rec/3409/wwwboard/messages/20.shtml

Have a quick look here.

You don't know you're born over there. Here in the UK a $200 (100) is little more than a box on a stick, useful for practice but not much else.

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Re: Sigma mandolins by Martin
« Reply #5 on: Sep 03, 2007, 06:00:38 AM »
I know nothing about the Sigma mandolins, but I know Sigma made some decent guitars...  I didn't want to bring my guitar with me to college, didn't want to worry about it on the plane, or get it broken or stole, so I picked up a mid 80's Sigma Dm-4 for 150 down here in Tucson.

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Re: Sigma mandolins by Martin
« Reply #6 on: Nov 02, 2009, 01:43:48 AM »
This reply is coming very late but I figure it might be useful to anyone in the future looking for similar information.


I own a consignment shop and build guitars in Northern Mississippi and recently had a Sigma Mandolin SM-6 come through the store and did some research in trying to sell it.
 
Depending on the model number I would say $200 for an excellent condition Sigma Mandolin is a very good deal.

Sigma Mandolins vary in price.  I have seen them recently from $200-1,000. From what I can tell it comes down to the wood they were made of.  Solid spruce carved instruments, as you may know, retain a higher quality sound over their lifetime then does a wood like, say, maple.

I've seen SM-6 mandolins sold- both online (ebay and dealers) and at vintage retailers- going for around 650-1000, while the Sm-3's go for around $2-400.  I believe the Sm-6's are usually made of spruce and that's one of the main reasons for their price.

I am interested to know more about these instruments as I have been hearing talk of them from players and and seeing more questions about them on these types of forums.

 




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