Mandolins For Sale
5. Named double-table bowlback mandolin (676) @ 350 euros
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Old Italian bowl-back
This is an old, Italian, long-scale, double table, bowl-back mandolin, from the early 20th century. It is in good condition after restoration. There is a label which says …
Fabbrica Di Mandolini E Mandole
Premiata a l'exposizione di Milano 1881
(it is signed Umberto Ceccherini in pen)
Sole Agents: A Voigt & Co, 15 Edmund Pl. London E. C.
This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with2 repaired shrinkage splits. It has a 17-piece rosewood bowl back with 2 small seam repairs. It has the original ebony fingerboard and MOP markers. The tuners and tail are original, the bridge new. It retains the original finish throughout, except for the top, which is protected with Tru-oil. 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, particularly strong on lower strings. It has an easy playing action.
Other than cleaning,I have repaired as follows… 1) Repaired 2 shrinkage splits in the top; 2) replaced cracked and missing tulip-wood edging; 3) repaired minor damage to 2 seams in the bowl; 4) finished the top with tru-oil varnish; 5) levelled the original frets; 6) made and fitted a new bridge and bridge markers; and 7) strung and set up.