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2.  Old Italian bowlback mandolin  (604) @ 160 euros new

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Old 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 no label which …


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 repairs. It has the a new semi-concert fingerboard in rosewood with 22 frets. The tuners, tail and bridge are originals. It retains the original french polished finish throughout, except for the top which has a coat of 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 fair sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) fitted a new rosewood fingerboard; 2) repaired a small split at the top of the head; 3) refitted the bridge and a new bone nut; 4) finished the top with tru-oil; and 5) set up.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

145mm at bridge.


Original French polish finished throughout, except for the bare wood top which has a coat of tru-oil.

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched, spruce top. NO repairs but a coule of scuffs.

Scratch plate

Original t/s? in good condition.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65 x 45mm. Lots of MOP

Back and sides

23-piece, rosewood bowl-back & clasp, and tulipwood sides. No seam repairs.

Neck and Head

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


New rosewood semi-concert fingerboard with 22 new levelled alloy frets. New bone nut.

Machine heads

Original steel and brass tuners with original buttons. All working, though one or two stiff.


Original in steel with 4 brass string posts.


Original ebony shelf 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


Sleeve guard

Sleeve guards are available if required


I have some re-conditioned bowl-back cases available for purchase, as well as gigbags.