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Levin Model 85 Oktav
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Specifications:

8-string Octave Mandola.
Tuned one octave lower than a mandolin.
Flat back.
Body width: 300 mm.
Spruce top with undetermined bracing.
Birch back & sides.
Single-bound top.
Unbound back.
Black pickguard.
Unbound headstock.
Mahogany neck with non-adjustable T-shaped duraluminum truss rod.
Unbound rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl dot inlay.
Nickel plated tuners.
Sunburst finish.
One year warranty.

Introduced: ca 1951 as a replacement for Model 80 Oktavo.

ca 1955:

Renamed Model 85.

Earliest known example: 325483 (1955)

ca 1957:

Changed tuner design with white straight-sided plastic buttons.

Latest known example: 350892 (1957)

ca 1960:

Tuners with white oval plastic buttons.