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4. Old named Italian mandolin (825) @  160 euros
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Old Italian flatback mandolin

This is an old flatback mandolin, unusually by an Italian luthier Silvestri. It has a long scale and a wide fingerboard. It is in fair condition after restoration. It has a topstamp and a label which says......

Ermalinda Silvestri

Fabbrica Strumenti Musicali Artistici


It has a slightly domed laminated back and maple side. The spruce top is now sound with 1 or 2 small repairs. It has the original furniture and fingerboard, but a new bridge. It has been refinished throughout with shellac and tru-ol varnish, a hard, light, modern varnish. It has been set up to be easy to play, with a light action. It plays with a good strong sound and plenty of sustain!

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows; 1) repaired 2 short shrinkage splits in the top; 2) repaired damage to the scratch plate and sound hole surround; 3) reglued loose seams and the back; 4) repaired a split in the headstock; 5) replaced missing edging pieces; 6) stained and refinished throughout; 7) levelled the original frets; 8) made and fitted a new shelf bridge in rosewood; and 9) strung and set up.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

90mm at bridge.


Refinished throughout with Tru-oil, a hard, light modern oil varnish.

Belly wood

Fair-quality, book-matched, spruce, close-grained at the centre.

Scratch plate

Reasonable, with some repairs

Sound hole

Approx 70 x 40mm

Back and sides

Single-piece, stained, laminated, flat-back.

Neck and Head

Stained maple in good condition. Repaired split in the head.


Original rosewood with 18 original re-levelled frets. MOP position markers at 5, 7, 10 and 12

Machine heads

Original All working with original buttons.


Original in steel, with 4 brass string posts


New rosewood shelf bridge fitted.

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