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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 with NO 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.



Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

80mm at bridge.


Re-stained and refinished throughout with Tru-oil varnish.

Belly wood

Book-matched, spruce top with NO repairs. Purfling and edging in good order.

Scratch plate


Sound hole

Round approx diam. 57mm

Back and sides

Stained maple I think. Seam repairs to the back and sides whhere screws removed.

Neck and Head

Single-piece, scrolled, head and neck. Repairs to a crack in the head.


Original domed rosewood with original re-levelled brass bar frets. Original bone nut.

Machine heads

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


Original tailpiece with 8 string posts, and strap button.


bone bridge refitted.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 358mm

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

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