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    Default Holey tenor!

    I must say, a very strange place to drill a hole through a headstock!

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    Looks as though there could have been a 5th tuner, some small (screws) holes around the big hole, on the back side. Change out the bridge the saddle the nut. Don't know why one would add a 5th string in that location but I guess there was a little space there.

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    I saw that listing, and it hurt my soul a bit.
    Mainly a concert player.

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    Maybe the hole was for hanging it up by(?).
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Really bad player. Tough crowd. Patched bullet hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Croaky Keith View Post
    Maybe the hole was for hanging it up by(?).
    My guess too....some kind of wall hanging apparatus. What a shame.

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    The patch would have been better as mahogany, not rosewood, which just seems to add insult to injury.
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    I also thought the hole was meant for accommodating a peg for wall-hanging. Regardless, couldn't the hole be beneficial? I remember seeing a thread (which I didn't bother to read) collating soprano weights. Wouldn't drilling away some wood impact the complicated equation concerning spaghetti arms and micrograms of instrument and balance, and a ton of other fussy stuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjh42 View Post
    Looks as though there could have been a 5th tuner, some small (screws) holes around the big hole, on the back side. Change out the bridge the saddle the nut. Don't know why one would add a 5th string in that location but I guess there was a little space there.
    Yep, that was my take on it. The small mounting holes look like a tuner was installed there at one time. The present tuners and nut do not look original.

    Horrible repair. And they want $500 for it? Yikes!
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    Still, it's not a bad price for a 1950s pin bridge Martin 1T tenor, in spite of the headstock and replaced tuners. A bit like Iz Kamakawiwo'ole's one, in fact.

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