Mandolins For Sale
|13. Old Italian bowlback (650) @ £200 new|
Old named Italian bowl-back
This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the late19th century, made by de Meglio as an entry level instrument. It has a fiarly wide fingerboard, and is in good condition after restoration. There is a label which says…
Cav. Giovanni de Meglio E Figlio
Vico Lungo Gelso 53 Napoli
Anno 1899 Mod. 1 N. 8556
This instrument is now fully restored. The top is sound witha couple of small crack repairs. It has a 17-piece rosewood bowl back NO repairs. It has the original re-levelled fingerboard in ebony, with original brass bar frets. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge and tensioner new. The top has been lightly refinished with Tru-oil for protection, elsewhere it retains the original French polished finish. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a rounded, mellow sound with good sustain and fair volume. It has an easy playing action.
Other than cleaning,I have repaired as follows… 1) replaced small pieces of missing edging; 2) made a small repair to headstock front; 3) levelled the fingerboard and frets; 4) repaired small shrinkage splits in the top; 5) finished the top for protection with a coat of Tru-oil; and 6) made and fitted a new bridge and tensioner in ebony.
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