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3. Old Named mandolin  (804) @ 175 euros
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Old named Italian bowl-back

This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the early 20th century, with a fairly wide fingerboard and large bowl. It is in good condition after restoration. There is a topstamp which says …



This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with repairs. It has a 21-piece rosewood bowl back with 1 small repairs. It has the original fingerboard with brass bar frets set on a shim. The tuners, tail and bridge are originals. It has been refinished throughout. 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) small repair to a damaged rib and neck veneer; 2) repaired 3 shrinkage splits in the top; 3) set the f/b on a shim & levelled and dressed the frets; 4) replaced missing edging; 5) refinished throughout with shellac & finished the top for protection with Tru-oil; 6) refitted original bridge; and 5) strung and set up.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

150mm at bridge.


Refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil, top protected with Tru-oil varnish.

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched, spruce top, 3 shrinkage repairs repairs. A little warping around the sound hole.

Scratch plate

Original t/s in good condition.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 80x 45mm. Repair to purfling/edging.

Back and sides

21-piece, rosewood bowl-back, clasp, & sides. 1 small repair.

Neck and Head

2-piece, veneered neck and slotted head in good condition. A little damage to neck veneer repaired.


Original rosewood fingerboard & brass bar frets. Reset on a shim. Zero fret. Original bone nut.

Machine heads

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


Original in steel with 4 brass string posts.


Original refitted

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 335mm

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