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1. Old Italian bowlback mandolin (812)  @ 130 euros new

Old named Italian bowl-back

This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the early 20th century. It is in good condition after restoration. There is a top-stamp which said …


though only a small section is still visible after cleaning. There is also the original sellers plaque behind the head, which says...

F. W. Lambertz, Instrumentenmacher, Gregrundet 1892


This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with no repairs, but some replaced edging. It has a 19-piece rosewood bowl back with a couple of seam repairs. It has a replacement semi-concert ebony fingerboard. The tuners, tail and bridge are originals. It has been refinished throughout. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a good, round sound with good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) replaced a thin crumbly fingerboard with a new semi-concert, and refitted the bone nut; 2) replaced some missing male and rosewood edging; 3) repaired open seams in the bowl; 4) refinished throughout and the top with tru-oil varnish; 5) made and fitted a new rosewood bridge and bone nut; and 6) restrung and set up.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

150mm at bridge.


Refinished throughout, with shellac and tru-oil, top protected with a coat of tru-oil.

Belly wood

Book-matched, spruce top, close-grained at the centre. A few small scuffs scratches still visible..

Scratch plate

Original in good condition, with MOP.

Sound hole

Round, approx diam. 55mm

Back and sides

19-piece, rosewood bowl-back & clasp, tulipwood sides. 2 or 3 seam repairs hardly visible

Neck and Head

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


Replacement ebony 21 fret fingerboard. Refitted bone nut.

Machine heads

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


Original in brass with 4 brass string posts.


Original ebony and bone bridge refitted.

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


Larger photos are available on request.