Stolen mandolin alert

Ted Silverman has informed us that his A. Lawrence Smart F Mandolin was stolen this past weekend from the Bluegrassin’ In The Foothills Festival in Plymouth, CA.

It was in a white Calton case with a green lining, and has serial number 124.

Ted provided these other details:

“This mandolin has a brown (non-sunburst) varnish finish and pearl scroll work in the headstock faceplate; white buttons on Waverly tuners; an Allen chrome tailpiece and Lawrence Smart’s signature ASL in pearl inlaid at the 12th fret.

The case had a Calton Metal Signature Plate on it engraved with the name Johnny Green. The case itself has a number of stickers on it including a prominent and large Hinano Beer Sticker, a KKUP Radio sticker, a KPIG radio sticker, and a Grateful Dead Steal Your Face Insignia (among others).

On the bottom of the case, written large – in black sharpie (but now fading) – is Sam Bush’s autograph.

This mandolin was stolen from my car on September 18th at around 3 PM on a Bridge over the Cosumnes River on Highway 49 at the Amador/ El Dorado County line.

This was no more than 20 minutes after completing a set with my band (Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys) at the Plymouth Bluegrass Festival.”

Ted is offering a $100 reward to anyone who contacts him with information that leads to the recovery of his mandolin.

He can be reached by email.

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  • StewartE

    Actually Ted reported his mandolin was stolen not at the festival, but from his car after he’d left the festival and stopped for a swim at a nearby river. I wouldn’t want anyone to be scared away from the excellent festival in Plymouth thinking their instruments are in danger!

    I wish Ted all the best and hope he’s reunited with his mando soon.

  • Ted is a wonderful working Bay Area Musician and a family man. I sure hope that his mandolin is returned. As the post above says, it was not stolen from the Plymouth Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills festival, but from a locked car while he stopped to take a swim in a river. I pray that Ted gets his mandolin returned.