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2.  Old rare Grimaldi di Orazio bowlback  (738) @ 160 euros new

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Old named Italian bowl-back

This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the early 20th century, with a new semi-concert fingerboard. It is in good condition after restoration. There is a label which says …

Luciano Grimaldi di Orazio

Esportazione Mondiale


This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with No repairs. It has a 23-piece rosewood bowl back with a couple of seam repairs. It has a new semi-concert, rosewood fingerboard and 21 frets. The tuners, tail and bridge are originals. It retains the original finish throughout except on the top and around small repairs. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a bright, ringing sound with good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) made and fitted a new fingerboard; 2) repaired open seams in the back ; 3) replaced missing edging pieces; 4) refinished the top with tru-oul for protection; 5) re-fitted the original bridge and a new 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

140mm at bridge.


Original finish throughout, touched up around repairs, top protected with tru-oil varnish.

Belly wood

Book-matched, spruce top, with no repairs.

Scratch plate

Original T/S in good condition. Lots of MOP

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 70x 40mm.with MOP inlay.

Back and sides

21-piece, rosewood bowl-back, clasp, and sides. Almost invisible eam repairs

Neck and Head

2-piece, veneered neck and head.


New rosewood semi-concert fingerboard with 21 frets. New bone nut.

Machine heads

Original steel and brass tuners with original buttons. All working.  (Please note, one tuner jams, but works perfectly turned in the other direction)


Original in steel with 4 brass string posts and sleeve guard. A little tarnished.


Original 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