Mandolins For Sale
|11. Old French bowlback mandolin (695) @ 140 euros|
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Old named Italian bowl-back
This is an old, probably Italian-built, bowl-back mandolin, from the early 20th century. It is in good condition after restoration. There is a top stamp, typical of mandolins for sale in France, which says …
This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound withNo major repairs. It has a 23-piece rosewood bowl back with seam repairs. It has a new rosewood fingerboard with modern brass frets. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge new. It retains much of the original finish, though substantially touched up around repairs. 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) repaired several open seams in the bowl; 2) made and fitted a new rosewood fingerboard; 3) replaced missing edging; 4) renewed the crumbled neck veneer; 5) repaired some small damage/scratching to the top and finished with tru-oil; 6) replaced missing and broken tuner buttons; 7) made and fitted a new shelf bridge and bone nut; 8)strung and set up.