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5. Ferdinando Lapini bowlback  mandolin (726)    @ 160 euros
Larger photos are available on request.

Old named Italian bowl-back

This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the early 20th century. It is in good condition after minimal restoration. There is a label which says …

Ferdinando Lapini

Strumenti Armonici


This instrument is now fully playable after minimal restoration. The top is sound with no repairs. It has a 23-piece rosewood bowl back with 1 seam repair. It has a replacement, semi-concert, rosewood fingerboard with 22 frets. The tuners, tail are originals, the bridge new. It retains much of the original finish though touched up around repairs, and on the top a coat of tru-oil for protection. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a full bright, ringing sound with good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired an open seams in the bowl and re-enforced inside; 2) made and fitted a new semi-concert fingerboard; 3) touched up varnish around repairs; 4) made and fitted new rosewood bridge; 5) replaced some missing edging; 6) finished the top with tru-oil varnish; 7) restrung and set up.

Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

140mm at bridge.


Most of the original finish, touched up around new f/b and bowl repairs, top protected with tru-oil.

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched, spruce top, with no repairs.

Scratch plate

Original T/S in good condition.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65x 40mm. Lots of MOP

Back and sides

23-piece, rosewood bowl-back, clasp, and tulipwood sides. 1 seam repair.

Neck and Head

2-piece, veneered neck and head in good condition.


New rosewood semi-concert fingerboard. Bone nut refitted.

Machine heads

Original ornate steel and brass tuners with original buttons. All working but one or two stiff.


Original in steel with 8 brass string posts.


New roesewood and brass shelf bridge.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 328mm

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


Sleeve guard

Sleeve guards are available if required