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Levin Model 43 Serenad
Photo
1948 catalog

Photo
1948 catalog

Photo
195? catalog

Specifications:

8-string Mandolin.
Flat back.
Body width: 260 mm.
Spruce top with undetermined bracing.
Mahogany back & sides.
4-ply bound top.
Single-bound back.
Single-bound pickguard.
Unbound headstock.
Mahogany neck.
Single-bound rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlay.
Nickel plated tuners.
Sunburst finish.
Ten year warranty.

Introduced: ca 1947 as a replacement for Model 335.

Earliest known example: 186393 (1947)
198383 (1948)
2016xx (1948)
203035 (1948)
216140 (1949)

ca 1949:

Walnut back & sides.
Large bridge thumbwheels.
Changed tuner design with white plastic buttons.

2407xx (1950) - (changed bridge, repro pickguard)
2xxxxx (1950)
248791 (1951)
2575xx (1951)
2806xx (1952)
2931xx (1953)
2988xx (1953)

ca 1955:

Renamed Model 43.

ca 1957:

Tuners with white oval plastic buttons.

Latest known example: 426812 (1962)