Mandolins For Sale
|11. Old Neapolitan-style bowlback (607) @ 120 euros new|
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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…
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 with1 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.
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