Mandolins For Sale
|13. Old named bowlback mandolin from Catania (685) @ 240 euros|
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Old named Italian bowl-back
This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the early 20th century, made in Catania. It is in good condition after restoration, with an exceptionally wide fingerboard.
There is a top stamp which says…
Giuseppe Scanlon * Catania
This instrument is now fully restored. The top is sound withNO splits. It has a superb 29-piece rosewood and German silver bowl back with some seam repairs. It has the original rosewood fingerboard mounted on a shim with German silver bar frets. The tuners and tail and bridge are originals. It has been refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil for protection. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a superb full round sound and good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.
Other than cleaning,I have repaired as follows… 1) replaced the missing bone and ebony edging; 2) repaired some damaged purfling; 3) reset fingerboard and levelled original frets; 4) repaired a head split and reveneered front and back; 5) repaired open seams in the bowl; 6) refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil; and 7) refitted ebony bridge, strung and set up.