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6.  Italian harp mandolin (462)  @ 350 euros
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Old Italian harp mandolin

This is an old, extremely rare, Italian harp-mandolin, perhaps from the early to mid C20th. It is in good condition after minimal restoration. There is a makers label which says....

Vincenzo Miroglio & Figli

Catania

This instrument is now fully restored. The top is sound with no repairs. It has a slightly domed rosewood back and sides. The original fingerboard and brass frets are level. The tail, tuners and bridge are all originals. The top only, has been re-finished with Tru-oil varnish. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with an easy action, and a light, bright sound, and good sustain.

Other than cleaning, I have completed the repairs as follows… 1) levelled the fingerboard and original frets; 2) repaired slight damage to edging; 3) refinished the top with Tru-oil; and 4) re-fitted the bridge.

 

Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin

630mm

Width of mandolin at widest point

220mm

Approx. Depth of mandolin

90mm at bridge.

Finish

Retains original finish throughout, except the top which has been refinished with Tru-oil, a hard thin modern varnish.

Belly wood

Excellent quality, close-grained, book-matched spruce top, with no repairs. Edging and purfling in good repair.

Scratch plate

Floral design, in good condition.

Sound hole

Oval 70 x 40mm.

Back and sides

Rosewood back, and sides in perfect order.

Neck and Head

Single-piece neck and head in good condition.

Fingerboard

Original f/b with 23 original re-levelled frets. Original nut. Position markers at 3, 5, 7, 10 and 12.

Machine heads

Original tuners with original buttons. All working.

Tailpiece

Original steel tail, 8 string hooks.

Bridge/tensioner

Original compensated rosewood and bone bridge re-fitted.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 335mm

G string height at bridge

6.5mm

E string height at bridge

5.5mm

12th fret to bottom of G string (Action)

1.75mm

12th fret to bottom of E string (Action)

1.75mm

Width of fretboard at nut

25mm

Width of fretboard at widest point

36mm

Sleeve guard

N/A

Case

I have no suitable case or bag for this one.