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20. Old Loveri mandolin (683 @  200 euros
Larger photos are available on request.

Old named Italian bowl-back

This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the late19th or early 20th century. It is in good condition after restoration, and at 338mm has an unusually long scale length... There is a label which says…

Carlo Loveri & Figlio

Brevetatta Fabrica di Strumenti  Musicali Corda

Via Monte Olivero No 50


This instrument is now fully restored. The top is sound with no repairs to the top. It has a 21-piece rosewood bowl back with 1 seam repair. It has the original fingerboard in rosewood and original frets. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge is new. It has been refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil.... the top has been lightly treateed with Tru-oil for protection. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a clear, strong, well balanced sound, and good volume and sustain. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) re-glued loose trim 2) repaired an open seam in the bowl; 3) made and fitted a new rosewood and brass bridge; 4) refinished throughout with d Tru-oil to the top; 5) fitted a new bone nut; and 6) levelled and dressed the frets and set up.

Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

150mm at bridge.


Refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil.

Belly wood

Good quality, closed grained, book-matched, spruce top, with NO repairs. Top sealed with a coat of Tru-oil.

Scratch plate

Original with MOP. Some repairs.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65 x 40mm.

Back and sides

21-piece, rosewood, bowl-back, clasp, and edging. 1 seam repair, edging re-glued.

Neck and Head

2-piece, veneered head and neck in good condition.


Original in rosewood with MOP markers. Original German silver frets levelled and dressed, some wear.

Machine heads

Open steel and brass tuners with original ivory buttons. All working well.


Period tailpiece with 4 string posts, but may not be original.


New rosewood and brass Loveri-style bridge fitted.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 338mm

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

Sleeve guards are available if required


I have some re-conditioned bowl-back cases available for purchase, as well as gigbags.