Mandolins For Sale
French built bowlback mandolin (525) @
This mandolin has now been set up as a left-handed instrument
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Old French bowl-back
This is an old, French-built bowl-back mandolin from the early 20th century. It is in good condition after restoration. There is a label which says …
which usually signifies a mandolin made at Mirecourt in the Vosges, in the Neapolitan style.
This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound withtwo shrinkage repairs. It has a 15-piece rosewood bowl back with a couple of almost invisible seam repairs. It has the original fingerboard in rosewood. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge new. It has been refinished with shellac and tru-oil varnish throughout, touched up around small 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 good volume and bright rounded sound, and an easy playing action.
Other than cleaning,I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired 2 open seams in the bowl; 2) repaired 2 shrinkage splits to the top; 3) repaired damaged edging; 4) levelled the original frets; 5) refinished throughout with shellac and a coat or two of tru-oil for protection; 6) made and fitted a new bridge; and 7) strung and set up.