Mandolins For Sale
|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 withno 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.
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