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1.   Farini bowlback mandolin (737)  @  160 euros new
Larger photos are available on request.

Old named Italian bowl-back

This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the early 20th century, with a new, relatively narrow, semi-concert fingerboard. It is in good condition after minimal restoration. There is a label which says …

Farini & Figlios

Fabricca di Mandolini


This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with NO repairs. It has a 23-piece rosewood bowl back with no seam repairs. It has a new fingerboard and frets. The tuners and tail are originals, the original bridge has been refitted. It retains most of the original finish throughout except on the top which has been lightly finished with tru-oil for protection. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a bright, ringing sound with good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) fitted a new fingerboard, nut and frets; 2) repaired damage to the scratchplate and loose trim on the bowl; 3) finished the top for protection with Tru-oil; 4) refinished the neck and touched up around small repairs; 5)refitted the original bridge; and 5) strung and set up.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

150mm at bridge.


Mostly original finish throughout, touched up around small repairs to trim, top protected with Tru-oil varnish.

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched, spruce top, with no repair.

Scratch plate

Original, some gouging repaired. Nice MOP decoration.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 70 x 40mm. Lots of nice MOP inlay.

Back and sides

23-piece, rosewood bowl-back, clasp & tulipwood sides and trim around clasp.

Neck and Head

2-piece, veneered/stained neck and head in good condition.


New rosewood semi concert fingerboard & 21 frets. New bone nut.

Machine heads

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


Original in steel with 4 brass string posts. A little tarnished.


Original ebony and brass bridge re-fitted.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 330mm

G string height at bridge


E string height at bridge


12th fret to bottom of G string (Action)


12th fret to bottom of E string (Action)


Width of fretboard at nut


Width of fretboard at widest point


Sleeve guard

Sleeve guards are available if required