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Levin Model 40 Aristokrat
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1948 catalog

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195? catalog

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1965 catalog

Specifications:

8-string Mandolin.
Arched top & back.
Body width: 260 mm.
Hand carved top & back.
Spruce top with undetermined bracing.
Mahogany, walnut or flame maple back & sides.
4-ply bound top with double-bound f-holes.
Single-bound back.
Triple-bound pickguard.
Single-bound headstock.
Mahogany neck with non-adjustable T-shaped duraluminum truss rod.
Single-bound ebony fingerboard with pearloid block inlay.
Adjustable ebony bridge.
Tuners with no wheel screw and round metal buttons.
Nickel plated hardware.
Sunburst (40) or natural (40N) finish.
Ten year warranty.

Introduced: ca 1947 as a replacement for Model 320.

Earliest known example: 203374 (1948)
203847 (1948)

ca 1949:

Walnut back & sides.
Tuners with wheel screw & oval metal buttons.

215173 (1949)
221980 (1949)

ca 1949:

Large bridge thumbwheels.
Changed tuner design with white plastic buttons.

2xxxxx (1950) - (missing pickguard)
26xxxx (1951)
269188 (1951)
291901 (1953)
3xxxxx (1954)

ca 1955:

Renamed Model 40.

333109 (1955)

ca 1957:

Changed tuner design with white straight-sided plastic buttons.

365780 (1957)
xxxxxx (1959)

ca 1960:

Tuners with white oval plastic buttons.

ca 1961:

Flame maple back & sides.

418872 (1961)

ca 1965:

Changed pickguard bracket design (old style still mainly used).

ca 1966:

Also available as Goya MA-9F.

488354 (1968)
Latest known example: 491623 (1968)

ca 1969:

Body width: 255 mm.
Body depth: 45 mm.