Mandolins For Sale
|13. Old Portuguese bandolim (560) @ £140|
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Old Portuguese bandolim
A typical Portuguese, fado-style, flat-back mandolin, with a long scale length, heavily domed fingerboard and Preston tuners. It is in good condition after restoration, but has been heavily abused in the past and some scars remain. The label says….
Rangel & Simoes
Rua do Carmo 103 e 105(which is still there)
This instrument is fully playable. The top is sound withNO repairs. It has a two-piece back with small repairs, where it had previously been screwed rogether!! It has its original domed rosewood fingerboard, with original, re-levelled frets. The tuners, tailpiece and bone bridge are originals. It has been re-finished throughout with Tru-oil, a light, modern, hard, oil-varnish. It has been restrung with light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a well-balanced, bright, ringing tone. It has an easy action.
Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired several seam separations held together by screws, restained and reglued (small scars remain; 2) relevelled the frets; 3) repaired a split to the head; 4) refinished throughout with Tru-oil varnish; and 5) fitted new strings and set up.