Here is another stolen instrument alert, from Bob Gray who lives near Albuquerque, NM. His home was burglarized last week (10/14) and two very valuable mandolins were taken.
Bob offers detailed descriptions of the two instruments:
Monteleone Grand Artist No. 63, heavy wear on top on scroll and lower bout (naturally distressed by 28 years of playing). The finish is partially worn down to bare wood in these areas. No pickguard. Most of finish worn off the back of the neck. Housed in a green Pegasus case with green velvet lining. Label inside signed “John Monteleone” with serial number 63 written in blue ink.
2005 John Sullivan custom F. John did not put his name on the peghead, but it is stamped on the truss rod cover. No finish on neck. It is signed on the inside back “John Sullivan 2005.” Abbreviated pickguard. Has a double torch inlay on the headstock. Housed in a cream colored Pegasus case with green velvet lining.
Here are some photos he provided.
He has offered a reward of $1,000 to anyone who can help him retrieve these prized mandolins, and can be reached by phone (505-379-1732) or email.