Mandolins For Sale
|4. Michele Maratea bowlback mandolin (752) @ 300 euros new|
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Old named Italian bowl-back
This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the late19th century, made by Michele Maratea, a student of Vinaccia. It is in good condition after restoration. There is a label which says…
Allievo di Vinaccia
Fabbricante de Mandole, Luiti e Mandolini
Vicoletto Rosario a Portamedina No 18
This instrument is now fully restored and playable. The top is sound but hassmall repairs to the lef side. It has a 17-piece rosewood bowl back with NO repairs. It has the original re-levelled fingerboard in ebony, with original brass bar frets. The tuners and tail, are originals, the bridge and tensioner new. The top has been repaired and lightly refinished with Tru-oil for protection, elsewhere it retains the original French polished finish a little scuffed in places. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a rounded, mellow sound with good sustain and fair volume. It has an easy playing action.
Other than cleaning,I have repaired as follows… 1) replaced missing and broken edging; 2) repaired small shrinkage splits left side of top; 3) replaced damaged neck veneer, refinishing neck and head; 4) levelled the fingerboard and dressed the frets; 5) finished the top for protection with a coat of Tru-oil; 6) made and fitted a new bridge and tensioner; and 7) strung and set up.