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Levin Model 54 Taranto
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1951 catalog

Specifications:

8-string Mandolin.
Flat back.
Body width: 220 mm.
Spruce top with undetermined bracing.
Birch back & sides.
Single-bound top.
Unbound back.
Unbound headstock.
Unbound walnut fingerboard with pearloid dot inlay.
Nickel plated tuners.
Sunburst finish.
One year warranty.

Introduced: ca 1951 as a replacement for Model 47 ?.

Earliest known example: 262262 (1951)
262465 (1951)
2863xx (1952)
2959xx (1953)
3057xx (1954)
306121 (1954)
3136xx (1954)

ca 1955:

Renamed Model 54.
Changed tuners (old style tuners used until ca 1958).
Also available in satin finish (Model 55).

324691 (1955)
338019 (1956)
xxxxxx (1957)
3715xx (1958)
378756 (1958) - (no "Levin" on tailpiece)
Latest known example: 425219 (1962)