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13.  Il Globo bowlback mandolin (816)  @  150  euros new

Old Italian bowl-back

This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the late 19th or early 20th century. It is in good condition after restoration. There is a label which says

Il Globo


Fabbricante di Italia

(there is another label under the Il Globo label, but impossible to see what it says)

This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with 1 repair to the cant line. It has a 23-piece rosewood bowl back with 3 almost invisible seam repairs. It has the original rosewood fingerboard and frets. The tuners and tail and bridge are originals. It has been refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil. A coat of Tru-oil protects the top. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a strong, ringing sound with fair sustain and volume and an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired damage to the cant and reinforced beneath; 2) reglued several open seams in the bowl; 3) replaced damaged/missing edging and sound hole inlay; 4) replaced missing scratch-plate with a rosewood one; 5) levelled the original frets; 6) repair some damage to the head veneer; 7) refinished throughout with a coat of tru-oil on the top; 8) refitted the nut and bridge; and 9) 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. A coat of Tru-oil protects the top.

Belly wood

Book-matched, spruce top, close-grained at the centre. Missing edging replaced.

Scratch plate

New in rosewood

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65 x 40mm. MOP inlay, some replaced

Back and sides

23-piece, rosewood bowl-back, clasp and tulipwood sides. Some almost invisible seam repairs.

Neck and Head

2-piece, veneered neck and head, in good condition.


Original rosewood f/b with 17 relevelled brass bar frets. Original bone nut refitted. Position markers at 3, 5, 7, 10 and 12

Machine heads

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


Original in brass with 4 brass string posts.


Original rosewood and bone bridge refitted.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 330mm

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


Sleeve guard

Sleeve guards are available if required


Larger photos are available on request.