NCBS Stolen & Missing Instrument Information Page

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Mike Tatars stolen mandolin!

A week ago, my car was broken into and my mandolin was stolen. It is a custom made one of a kind instrument, so it is pretty easy to spot. Here is a description:

F style mandolin, reddish finish, figured back. "Cherry" inlayed on headstock. Reverse(b/w/b/w not w/b/w/b) binding on the body. Inside tag says something like "custom made instrument by John Cherry for Mike Tatar." There is no real serial number, but its unique so is easily identifiable.

If anyone has any info please contact me directly at 1-510-366-7116 or

Re: Mike Tatars stolen mandolin!


I have posted your notice on CoMando. A couple of thousand mando players post and read from this listserv so I think it might help your cause. You also might try posting it at

Bummer to hear of your loss.

(A Brewglass Boy)

Re: Re: Mike Tatars stolen mandolin!

good news! the fine officers of the oakland police came through in a big way! The mando was on ebay, and the detectives in charge of the case found the seller and confiscated my mando. I got it back this morning.
Pass this on all the co mando folks so they know that are happy endings.
Also if you're on ebay, DONT buy anything from and auction host named soundmaker. My mando has a custom tag in it that says PROPERTY OF MIKE TATAR JR BUILT BY JOHN CHERRY and the seller still played dumb!


Mike Tatar Jr.

Great News Mike!

Glad it worked out. Hmmm, folks buyinga used instrument on E-Bay or elsewhere should check this website before buying. That is what it is for.

Re: Great News Mike!

Glad to hear it worked out for the best Mike.