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12. Old Italian bowlback mandolin (813)   @   150 euros
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Old named Italian bowl-back

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




This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with NO major epairs. It has a 19-piece rosewood bowl back with 2 long seam repairs. It has the original fingerboard with brass bar frets set on a shim. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge new. It has been refinished throughout. 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 2 long open seams in the bowl; 2) repaired light scuffing to top and reglued sound hole inlay. Small repair to purfling; 3) repaired and reinforced a split head; 4) reset the original f/b on a shim and levelled frets; 5) refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil; 6) made and fitted a new roswood and braas shelf bridge; and 7) strung and set up.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

140mm at bridge.


Refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil, top protected with Tru-oil varnish.

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched, spruce top, light repairs. A little warping around the sound hole. Inlay reglued.

Scratch plate

Original ebony in good condition.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 80x 45mm. Repair to purfling/edging.

Back and sides

19-piece, rosewood bowl-back, clasp, & sides. 2 long seam repairs.

Neck and Head

2-piece, veneered neck and head in good condition. Head split repaired and reinforced.


Original rosewood fingerboard & brass bar frets. Reset on a shim. Zero fret. Original bone nut.

Machine heads

Original steel and brass tuners with original buttons. All working.


Original in steel with 4 brass string posts.


New rosewood and brass shelf bridge fitted

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 332mm

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