A. C. Fairbanks.
A very nice bowl back mandolin made by "Fred C. Martin, Boston", the maker was apparently
a renowned banjo player and teacher, and had his own line of instruments made by
F. C. Fairbanks. In "America's Instrument: The Banjo in the 19th Century",
by Philip Gura, it says: "Around 1900 Fred Martin, another noted teacher who endorsed Fairbank's instruments,
sold Fairbanks banjos from his music studio at 264 Tremond Street with his own name plate on them,
even though these instruments carried Fairbanks model designations and continued the firms serial
numbers sequentially." In "
Portraits of Celebrated Artists Using the Whyte-Laydie Banjo
by the A. C. Fairbranks Company, Fred Martin is listed as co-author. Martin
talk at the inauguration of "The American Guild of Banjoists, Mandolinists and Guitarists"
I also have a couple of recordings where this instrument takes the lead: