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18.  Tonelli bowlback mandolin (723)  @ £150  euros

ld named Italian bowl-back

This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the early 20th century, with a fairly wide fingerboard. It is in good condition after minimal restoration. There is a label which says …

Pietro Tonelli

Fabriccanti di Mandolini

Napoli

This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with small centre join repairs. It has a 23-piece rosewood bowl back with 1 seam repair. It has the original fingerboard and frets. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge new. It retains the original finish throughout except on the top which has been lightly finished with tru-oil for protection. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a bright, ringing sound with good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) levelled the original frets; 2) replaced some missing edging; 3) finished the top for protection with Tru-oil; 4) made and fitted a new bridge; and 5) strung and set up.

 

 

Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin

605mm

Width of mandolin at widest point

200mm

Approx. Depth of mandolin

140mm at bridge.

Finish

Original finish throughout, top protected with Tru-oil varnish.

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched, spruce top, small centre join repair.

Scratch plate

Original t/s in excellent condition.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65x 40mm.

Back and sides

23-piece, rosewood bowl-back, clasp & sides. 1 seam repair.

Neck and Head

2-piece, veneered neck and head in good condition. Small repair to head veneer.

Fingerboard

Original rosewood fingerboard & relevelled frets. Original bone nut.

Machine heads

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

Tailpiece

Original in steel with 4 brass string hooks. A little tarnished.

Bridge/tensioner

New rosewood and brass bridge.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 334mm

G string height at bridge

3.5mm

E string height at bridge

3.5mm

12th fret to bottom of G string (Action)

2mm

12th fret to bottom of E string (Action)

2mm

Width of fretboard at nut

29mm

Width of fretboard at widest point

39mm

Sleeve guard

Sleeve guards are available if required

Larger photos are available on request.