Case for Pre-War Rick Steel Lap Top

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Case for Pre-War Rick Steel Lap Top

Postby (karen-von) » Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:46 am

Again - many thanks to all who've been so generous with their excellent advice relating to my pre-war Rick steel lap top.
I would like to get an opinion on whether or not the case (pictured below) is original to this instrument.
The case came with the guitar when my father purchased it in the 1940s.
It def looks old - but I'm uncertain whether there is a way to determine if it was made for this guitar.
I can't find any maker markings on the case that would help me in this regard.
Any opinions on this subject are very much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
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Re: Case for Pre-War Rick Steel Lap Top

Postby (karen-von) » Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:49 am

Here are a couple more photos detailing interior...
Thanks!
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Re: Case for Pre-War Rick Steel Lap Top

Postby (rshatz) » Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:09 pm

The only other instrument of that era that was shaped like a Frypan was the Supro Electric Hawaiian.

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It had a 6 7/8" diameter body according to Gruhn. The Supro I have has a similar case. Off hand I don't know the diameter of the Frypan, as I am at my office and can't measure it, but I think it's a little larger.
I own three Frypans. All of them have rectangular hard cases.
Your case appears to fit well around the body, but is long enough to accommodate an A-25.
So, my guess is that it is original to the instrument, and the case was made to fit either model.
If I were planning to sell the instrument, I would advertise it as original.
How much will you be asking?
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Re: Case for Pre-War Rick Steel Lap Top

Postby (karen-von) » Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:09 pm

Richard -
Thanks so much for sharing your opinion regarding the case - much appreciated.
Regarding the asking price - I'm assuming you mean for the case + guitar and not just the case.
When I do sell, I'm hoping to realize something in the ballpark of $2500 for everything (guitar, case, picks, slide, amp cord).
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Re: Case for Pre-War Rick Steel Lap Top

Postby (rshatz) » Tue Nov 16, 2010 1:46 pm

I didn't realize you had an amp.
What's the make and model.
Please post photos.
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Re: Case for Pre-War Rick Steel Lap Top

Postby (karen-von) » Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:52 pm

I sold the amp on CraigsList - it was a Kalamazoo Model 1.
I kept the amp cord with the guitar, however.
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Re: Case for Pre-War Rick Steel Lap Top

Postby (steelinhome) » Sat Nov 27, 2010 9:03 pm

Hi Karen-
I just joined this forum today and hopefully sent you a message.
I am no expert on the fry pan either but wondering if the extra
knob wasn't added later by someone - tone control possibly.
Have you actually plugged the instrument into an amp to see
if it works?

I am in "Ricky withdrawal" today - just missed a 1 owner, mint condition A-22
7 string with hard-shell case on Ebay by $50 just because I wasn't quick bid savvy.
Good news is, it led me to this forum!

best regards
patti maxine
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Re: Case for Pre-War Rick Steel Lap Top

Postby (karen-von) » Sun Nov 28, 2010 8:27 am

Patti
Welcome to the forum - just joined a couple months ago myself.
I am totally clueless regarding the other knob.
The guitar was working when my dad passed away in 2001.
We (the family) have not done anything with it (played it) since.
So it should still be in good working order since it has just sat in the case since then (only taken out for photos for this forum).
I'm going to meet up with a local expert to check this out however, just to be sure.
I'll post results afterwards.
Best regards - karen
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Re: Case for Pre-War Rick Steel Lap Top

Postby (karen-von) » Fri Dec 03, 2010 11:30 am

Patti -
As a follow-up to your note - I posted info I received from the local expert.
You can view it under "RickenbacHer Electro lap steel - an A22??"
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