Mandolins For Sale
|13. Old named Italian bowlback mandolin (724) @ 220 euros 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 fairly wide fingerboard, and is in good condition after restoration. There is a label which says…
Cav. Giovanni de Meglio E Figlio
Anno 1902 Mod. 1A N. 11685
This instrument is now fully restored. The top is sound witha couple of small 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, tail, bridge and tensioner are all originals. 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 missing and broken edging; 2) made repairs to the damaged scratchplate; 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; 6) repaired and refitted original bridge and tensioner; and 7) strung and set up.
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