Mandolins For Sale
|3. Rare Esparza bowlback mandolin (701) @ 175 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 a label which says …
This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound withno splits, but was rather scuffed and battered. It has a 23-piece rosewood bowl back with 2 seam repairs. It has the original fingerboard in rosewood. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge new. It retains the original finish throughout, touched up around repairs, with a coat of Tru-oil for protection on 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. It has bright rounded sound, and an easy playing action.
Other than cleaning,I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired two open seams in the bowl; 2) reglued loose veneer on the neck and loose inlay pieces; 3) levelled the fingerboard and frets; 4) repaired several scratches in the top and applied a coat of Tru-oil varnish for protection; 5) repaired a split in the head; 6) made and fitted a new bone nut and rosewood bridge; and, 7) strung and set up.