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1.   Maglioni bowlback mandolin (696)  @  150 euros
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Old named Italian bowl-back

This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the late19th or early 20th century, made in the style of de Meglio. It is in good condition after restoration. There is a label which says…

Gennaro Maglioni

Premiata Fabbrica di Strumenti Musicali

5 Calata San Gervasio 5

Napoli

This instrument is now fully restored. The top is sound with a couple of small crack repairs. It has a 17-piece rosewood bowl back NO repairs. It has a new fingerboard in ebony, set on a shim to aid playability. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge new. The top, neck and head have been lightly refinished with shellac and Tru-oil for protection, elsewhere it retains the original French polished finish. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a rounded sound with good sustain and fair volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) replaced missing and damaged edging; 2) made small repairs to the top; 3) re-veneered the neck; 4) made and fitted a new fingerboard in ebony, with a new bone nut; 5) refinished the neck head and top with shellac and tru-oil; 6)made and fitted a new bridge; 7) strung and set up.

Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin

610mm

Width of mandolin at widest point

195mm

Approx. Depth of mandolin

205mm at bridge.

Finish

Refinished with shellac and tru-oil except for the bowl.

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched, spruce top with several small repairs. Top sealed with a coat of Tru-oil. Edging replaced.

Scratch plate

Original in good condition.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 60 x 45mm. Also side vents.

Back and sides

17-piece, rosewood, bowl-back, clasp, and sides.

Neck and Head

2-piece, stained head and veneered neck. Newly veneered neck.

Fingerboard

New ebony fingerboard set on a shim. MOP position markers at 3, 5, 7, 10 and 12.

Machine heads

Original steel and brass enclosed tuners with original buttons. All working.

Tailpiece

Original with 4 brass string posts.

Bridge/tensioner

New ebony shelf bridge fitted

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 335mm

G string height at bridge

4mm

E string height at bridge

3.5mm

12th fret to bottom of G string (Action)

2mm

12th fret to bottom of E string (Action)

1.5mm

Width of fretboard at nut

28mm

Width of fretboard at widest point

40mm

Sleeve guard

Sleeve guards are available if required