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5. Achille Lanfranco bowlback  mandolin (743)    @ 160 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 new, semi-concert and fairly wide, fingerboard. It is in good condition after minimal restoration. There is a label which says …

Achille Lanfranco & Figlio

Fabriccanti di Mandolini Mandole & Liuti

Vico Secchia, No. 41


This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with NO major repairs, though was very scuffed and dirty. It has a 19-piece rosewood bowl back with NO repairs. It has a new semi-concert fingerboard with 22 frets. The tuners, tail and bridge are originals. It retains the original finish throughout except on the top which has been lightly finished with tru-oil for protection. 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) made and fitted a new semi-concert fingerboard in ebony with 22 frets; 2) replaced some missing head veneer; 3) cleaned and finished the top for protection with Tru-oil; 4) refitted the 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

140mm at bridge.


Original finish throughout, top protected with Tru-oil varnish.

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched, spruce top, small centre join repair.

Scratch plate

Original t/s in excellent condition.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65x 40mm.

Back and sides

19-piece, rosewood bowl-back, clasp & tulipwood sides. No seam repair.

Neck and Head

2-piece, veneered neck and head in good condition. Small repair to head veneer.


New, relatively wide, ebony semi-concert f/b with 22 frets. New bone nut.

Machine heads

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


Original in steel with 4 brass string hooks. A little tarnished.


Original ebony and bone bridge.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 330mm

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