Jungashick

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  1. I will private message you as soon as I figure out how :-)
  2. I was born in 1964, so I never got to meet my grandfather, but my dad was a gunsmith who made beautiful muzzleloading rifles and a machinist by trade and he never failed to impress with his ingenuity. So, yes, I think my grandfather was a very talented and resourceful fellow. The mandolin string attachment certainly could be from an old bicycle bell; that is a good a guess as any! I will ask my older brothers if they remember ever hearing it played.
  3. All, I am the granddaughter of Bernard Hildebrand and the current keeper of the turtle shell mandolin. I don’t know what year Bernard made it, but one thing I do remember from conversations with my dad, Farrell Hildebrand, Bernard’s son, is that Bernard found the turtle already dead with its shell damaged and was probably the cause of its demise. I do not know how to play it, but it is fully strung with one broken string that occurred during transport from Springfield, Ohio to Southern California where I live. One other thing I recently learned from my brother is that Bernard moved from southern Ohio to Springfield after he was invited by someone to care for the stringed instruments belonging to Wittenberg University in Springfield. Here are some hastily taken pictures of the turtle shell mandolin.
  4. All, I am the granddaughter of Bernard Hildebrand and the current keeper of the turtle shell mandolin. I don’t know what year Bernard made it, but one thing I do remember from conversations with my dad, Farrell Hildebrand, Bernard’s son, is that Bernard found the turtle already dead with its shell damaged and was probably the cause of its demise. I do not know how to play it, but it is fully strung with one broken string that occurred during transport from Springfield, Ohio to Southern California where I live. One other thing I recently learned from my brother is that Bernard moved from southern Ohio to Springfield after he was invited by someone to care for the stringed instruments belonging to Wittenberg University in Springfield. Here are some hastily taken pictures of the turtle shell mandolin.