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2.  Old rare D'Isanto & Angara bowlback  (747)   @ 500 euros new

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Old named Italian bowl-back

This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the late19th century, with a lovely wide fingerboard, made by D'Isanto and Agara, students of Vinaccia. It is in good condition after restoration. There is a label which says…

Pasquale D'Isanto & Pasquale Angara

Allievi di Vinaccia

Fabbricanti di Strumenti Armonici

Corso Garibaldi No 169 (inked in after)

Napoli 1885

This instrument is now fully restored and playable. The top is sound but has 2 small repairs. It has a 17-piece rosewood bowl back with 1 small seam repair. It has a new concert fingerboard in ebony, with 23 modern frets. The tuners and tail guard, are originals, the bridge and tail pins new. The top has been lightly refinished with Tru-oil for protection, elsewhere it retains the original French polished finish a little scuffed in places. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a rounded, mellow sound with good sustain and fair volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) reglued the loose scratchplate; 2) repaired small shrinkage splits left side of top, and a small back seam separation; 3) replaced missing head decorations; 4) made and fitted a new concert fingerboard in ebony; 5) finished the top for protection with a coat of Tru-oil; 6) made and fitted a new bridge, modelled on the broken original; 7) fitted new tail pegs; and 8) strung and set up.

Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin

600mm

Width of mandolin at widest point

195mm

Approx. Depth of mandolin

155mm at bridge.

Finish

Original finish on bowl, a little scuffed. A coat of Tru-oil protects the top and some refinishing on neck and head around repairs.

Belly wood

Good quality, book-matched, spruce top with small repairto edging purfling (left) and short shrinkage split (top right) . Top sealed with a coat of Tru-oil.

Scratch plate

Original, t/s reglued.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65 x 40mm. MOP inlay.

Back and sides

17-piece, rosewood, bowl-back, clasp, and tulipwood sides. 1 small seam repair.

Neck and Head

2-piece, stained/veneered head and veneered neck. Head decoration replaced, only 1 piece remained... I assume original.

Fingerboard

New ebony with 23 frets. (Slight wear) Original eliptical MOP position markers re-used.

Machine heads

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

Tailpiece

Original tailguard in brass with 4 new resin string posts.

Bridge/tensioner

New ebony and bone bridge, (cope of original)

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 330mm

G string height at bridge

9mm

E string height at bridge

8mm

12th fret to bottom of G string (Action)

2mm

12th fret to bottom of E string (Action)

1.5mm

Width of fretboard at nut

32mm

Width of fretboard at widest point

42mm

Sleeve guard

Sleeve guards are available if required