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|14. Calace bowlback mandolin (660) @ 500 euros new|
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Calace Italian bowl-back
This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin with a concert fingerboard, from the early 20th century. It is in good condition after restoration. There is a label which says …
Cav. Raffaele Calace
Via Chiaia 207
Signed by Calace...Anno 1912
This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with2 split repairs. It has a 17-piece maple bowl back with 2 practically invisible seam repairs. It has the original rosewood fingerboard set on a shim and MOP markers. The tuners and tail are original, the bridge new. It has been refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a strident ringing sound with good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.
Other than cleaning,I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired 2 shrinkage cracks in the top; 2) repaired 2 open seams in the bowl; 3) reset the fingerboard on a shim to aid playability; 4) cleaned up an old repair to the neck/head join, it seems completely stable; 5) made and fitted a new arm guard; 6) refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil varnish; 7) made and fitted a new nut and bridge; and 8) strung and set up.
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