We had posted earlier about LoarFest West, a mandolin symposium held in conjunction with the SuperGrass festival in Bakersfield, CA the first weekend in February. The event is designed as a meeting of owners, collectors and aficionados of the highly prized Lloyd Loar Gibson mandolins made in the early 1920s.
Gibson has donated a unique and surely collectible mandolin to be sold in support of the LoarFest West event, a distressed F5 Master Model, dated 12/14/05 and valued at more than $25,000. It will be displayed during the event and bids are being accepted now. The LoarFest organizers will also cover the travel expenses and festival passes for the buyer of this instrument.