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1898 Improved Jupiter (by Lyon & Healy) Mandolin Restoration


This 1898 mandolin was purchased from Goodwill. It looked pretty bad. I decided to undertake restoration just to challenge myself with something that had some degree of unpredictability about it. Since the instrument was so old, and purchased from Goodwill, there was no way to know anything about how or where it had been kept for so many years. It did have evidence of much prior use in its heyday. Largely, the instrument still was intact. The most challenging things were 1) the tuning machines were seized from rust, and a couple of their cogs were cracked, 2) the nut and bridge were missing, 3) the mandolin was an extremely rare brand and no pictures or catalog information could be found (I later found a catalog for sale at , and 4) the main soundboard brace under the bridge area was cracked (appeared to have had impact from the top).
The entire restoration process can be seen in the "Jupiter 1 Mandolin Restore" link seen at the left of this page. Shown here is before and after, but to see the restoration process see the links. There is a second mandolin link just below "Jupiter 1" that is for a second Jupiter mandolin--a 1906 model--that I also restored.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
BEFORE
ABOVE: ANTIQUE (1898) JUPITER-BRAND BOWL-BACK MANDOLIN (THIS IS 'BEFORE' SHOWN IN DISREPAIR)
AN "AFTER" PICTURE IS POSTED BELOW. RESTORING OF THIS MANDOLIN STARTED IN ABOUT APRIL 2008 (ACQUIRED NOVEMBER 2007) AND CONTINUED THROUGH AUGUST 2008. I DIDN'T RUSH IT...I WORKED ON IT IN MY SPARE TIME, AND TOOK MY TIME WITH EACH ASPECT OF THE RESTORATION--THOROUGHLY RESEARCHING INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET AND FROM SKILLED LOCAL LUTHIERS. WHERE THERE WAS A LACK OF INFORMATION AVAILABLE, I USED MY OWN INGENUITY AND SKILL TO DEVELOP MY OWN PROCESS FOR THE VARIOUS HURDLES I ENCOUNTERED. SEE BELOW FOR THE FINISHED PRODUCT.
NEW BONE NUT NEW ROSEWOOD BRIDGE


AFTER

ABOVE: THE END RESULT OF 1898 IMPROVED JUPITER RESTORATION PROJECT. I SOLD THIS MANDOLIN ON EBAY TO A WOMAN IN CALIFORNIA.