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Levin Model 55
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Specifications:

Satin finish version of Model 54.
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.
Satin sunburst finish.
One year warranty.

Introduced: ca 1955

Earliest known example: 328289 (1955)

ca 1955:

Changed tuners (old style tuners used until ca 1958).

333559 (1955)
3431xx (1956)
3599xx (1957)
3763xx (1958)
376850 (1958)
xxxxxx (1959) - (changed
bridge)
397219 (1959)

ca 1963?:

Changed tailpiece design.
Changed tuners.

4318xx (1963) - (one changed tuner strip, broken tailpiece)
431931 (1963)
Latest known example: 434134 (1963)