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11. Old Neapolitan-style bowlback (607)  @ 120 euros new
Larger photos are available on request.

Old named Italian bowl-back

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

J. Theiner


Olomucia anno 1924

(Notes: City: Olumouc, Country: Czech Republic | Dates: from1921 Theiner commercially produced mandolins, violins and bows with the trade-name ‘Bösamie’.)

This instrument is now fully playable after minimal restoration. The top is sound with 1 repair to centre join. It has a 23-piece rosewood bowl back with one small seam repair. It has the original concert fingerboard in rosewood, with 27 re-levelled brass bar frets. The tuners and tail are all originals, the bridge new. The top has been lightly refinished with Tru-oil for protection, elsewhere it retains the original French polished finish. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a strong, mellow sound with good sustain and fair volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired a shrinkage split in the centre join of the top; 2) levelled the original frets; 3) repaired a small section of open seam in the bowl; 4) lightly finished the top with Tru-oil; and 5) made and fitted a new rosewood and brass bridge and set up.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

150mm at bridge.


Original finish in good condition. A coat of Tru-oil protects the top.

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched, spruce top with small repair to centre join. Top sealed with a coat of Tru-oil.

Scratch plate

Good condition, with MOP.

Sound hole

approx. 60 x 35mm.

Back and sides

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

Neck and Head

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


Original rosewood concert f/b with 27 frets. MOP position markers at 3, 5, 7, 10 and 12. Brass bar frets in good condition. Original bone nut.

Machine heads

Original steel and brass tuners. All working.


Original in steel, with 4 string hooks.


New rosewood and brass bridge fitted.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 334mm

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.


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