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1. Old Italian bowlback mandolin (819)  @ 130 euros new

Old nameless bowl-back

This is an old, bowl-back mandolin from the early 20th century, possibly French. New, wide, semi-concert fingerboard. It is in good condition after restoration. There is no label...


This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with no repairs. It has a 17-piece rosewood bowl back with 1 almost invisible seam repair. It has a new rosewood fingerboard and frets. The tuners and tail are originals, the r/w bridge new. It has been refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil. A coat of Tru-oil protects the top. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a strong, ringing sound with fair sustain and volume and an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired damage to the edging; 2) reglued 1 open seam in the bowl; 3) reglued the sound hole inlay; 4) reveneered the head, front and back; 5) made and fitted a new semi-concert fingerboard; 7) refinished throughout with a coat of tru-oil on the top; 8) refitted the nut and a new shelf bridge; and 9) strung and set up.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

140mm at bridge.


Refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil. A coat of Tru-oil protects the top.

Belly wood

Book-matched, spruce top. Damaged edging repaired.

Scratch plate

Original in good condition.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 70 x 35mm. Purfling reglued.

Back and sides

17-piece, rosewood bowl-back, clasp and tulipwood sides. One almost invisible seam repair.

Neck and Head

2-piece, veneered neck and head, in good condition. New veneer on headstock front and back.


New rosewood semi-concert f/b with 22 frets. New bone nut fitted. Position markers at 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 15 17 19.

Machine heads

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


Original, typically French, in brass with 4 large brass string posts.


New rosewood and brass shelf bridge.

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


Larger photos are available on request.