Mandolins For Sale
|22. Old French bowlback mandolin (520) @ 130 euros|
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Old named Italian/French bowl-back
This is an old, bowl-back mandolin, from the early 20th century. It is in good condition after restoration. There is a label which says…
...though this may be a French built instrument, given an Italian-sounding label to make it more saleable, as the styling is more French than Italian.
This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with1 shrinkage repairs. It has a 15-piece rosewood bowl back with seam repairs. It has the original rosewood fingerboard and fret set on a shim. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge new. It has been refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil and a coat of Tru-oil protects the top. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a full, ringing sound with good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.
Other than cleaning,I have repaired as follows… 1) replaced missing edging and mop inlay; 2) repaired open seams in the bowl; 3) repaired a shrinkage split in the top; 4) reset the f/b on a shim and levelled and dressed frets; 5) refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil varnish; 6) made and fitted a new bridge and nut; 7) replaced the damaged and missing tuner buttons; and 8) strung with GHS ultra-light strings and set up.