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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)
263713 (1951)
276497 (1952)
281740 (1952)
2xxxxx (1952)
2863xx (1952)
2959xx (1953)
297959 (1953)
304719 (1954)
3057xx (1954)
306121 (1954)
309306 (1954)
3136xx (1954)
351431 (1957)

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: 432733 (1963)