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Gibson F5 Mandolin #75940 Signed by Lloyd Loar March 31, 1924


Signed by Lloyd Loar March 31, 1924 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1924 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F5
Serial 75940
Factory order number unknown
Virzi Serial Number 10020


The "H.F. Torro" mandolin, Virzi removed, several rhinestones inlayed in peghead.

From the owner:
Most people know of this mandolin as the " H.S. Torro" loar, but in fact, the man who originally ordered this mando from Gibson was Herman F. Torro, documentation was screwed up somewhere. I have the label that H.F. put over the Loar label with his signature


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  • Virzi


From C.J. Lewandowski.
C.J. Lewandowski was born and raised in the state of Missouri. He was bitten by the Loar bug at 13 years old when he played a Feb 18, 1924 signed mandolin once belonging to his musical hero, Don Brown. He then played between the choice of a 1923 and 1924 F-5 as a member of the Ozark Bluegrass Boys. Since that moment on, he has made it a mission to study and play every F-5 he can, along with preserving the history and legacy of the Lloyd Loar period. C.J. Makes his home now in East Tennessee with 73989, the July 9, 1923 F-5 he went to Greece to acquire. He is a member and founder of the Grammy Nominated group, The Po' Ramblin' Boys and is an artist of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

You can find him on Instagram at @ozark_mandolin and on the web at

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