I made an offer on an ebay auction asking the seller to end early. never done taht before, but its all worked out great.
I paid £100 for these 2 old hofners
Its a 1956 Hofner Congress Archtop and 1965 Hofner Vienna Classical. both have a couple of issues but nothing major
the Archtops neck has obviosuly come off at some point, but I really see this as a plus point as i would be looking to reset anyway and the hard bit is already done. It also has a bit of a gouge in the top i will look to minimise (or hide) and one of the tuner posts is missing - but once you look past all that its it great condition
The classical is really nice. Solid top with laminated back and sides. There is a small section of the back to reglue and other than that it just needs restringing. the one old string that is on there is giving off a promising tone
pretty happy with both of these