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7. Old Loveri-style mandolin (688)  120 euros new
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Old named Italian bowl-back

This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the late19th or early 20th century. It is in good condition after restoration... There is no label, but it is identical to a Loveri, it is unclear why there is no label, unless it is a copy by another luthier…

   This instrument is now fully restored. The top is sound with no repairs. It has a 19-piece rosewood bowl back with 1 seam repair. It has a new fingerboard in rosewood. The tuners are original, the bridge is new, and the tail is obviously a replacement but of some age. Damage to head and neck veneer has been repaired. Neck and head have been refinished with shellac and tru-oil.... the top has been lightly treateed with Tru-oil for protection. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a clear, strong, well balanced sound, and good volume and sustain. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired an ope back seam; 2) reglued loose top trim; 3) repaired damaged and missing head/neck veneer and refinished; 4) made and fitted a new rosewood fingerboard; 5) made and fitted a new bridge and refitted nut; 6) reglued the loose scratchplate; 7) lightly protected the top with tru-oil varnish; 8) strung and set up.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

150mm at bridge.


Refinished neck/head with shellac and tru-oil.

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched, spruce top, with NO repairs. Top sealed with a coat of Tru-oil.

Scratch plate

Original acetate refitted.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65 x 40mm.

Back and sides

19-piece, rosewood, bowl-back, clasp, and edging. 1 seam repair, edging re-glued.

Neck and Head

2-piece, veneered head and neck. Damage to veneer repaired.


New in rosewood with MOP markers and new brass bar frets.

Machine heads

Open steel and brass tuners with original ivory buttons. All working well.


Period, but not original, with 4 string posts.


New rosewood and brass Loveri-style bridge fitted.

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


I have some re-conditioned bowl-back cases available for purchase, as well as gigbags.