Mandolins For Sale
|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
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 with1 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.
|Larger photos are available on request.|