Mandolins For Sale
|25. Milanese bowlback Mandolino (628) @ 700 euros|
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Old Lombardy bowl-back mandolino
This is an old, upper level, Lombardy bowl-back mandolino from the late 1800s or early 1900s. It is in good condition after restoration. There is a label which says…
Carlo Albertini & Figlio
Mandole E Chitarre
Vicolo S Vito No. 3
MilanoThis instrument is now fully restored. The top is sound with minor shrinkage repairs. It has a 15-piece rosewood bowl back with 1 invisible seam repair. It has the original ebony fingerboard, with original German silver bar frets. Some missing mop decorative inlay has been replaced. Pegs are replacements for an incomplete motley collection. It retains the original finish, except for the top, which is refinished with Tru-oil for protection. It has been restrung with nylon/nylgut strings (as opposed to gut), and is now playing well with a light bright sound. It has an fair playing action.
Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repair 1 open seams in the bowl; 2) repaired small shrinkage cracks in the top; 3) replaced missing MOP inlay pieces; 4) renewed all pegs and peg holes; 5) replaced a missing arm of the bridge; and 6) refinished throughout; and strung up with nylon strings.
Being a Lombardy mandolino, not a neapolitan, its tuning is different.... it is tuned GBeadg (bass to treble) using nylon or nylgut strings, or wire wound silk on the lower 3 strings. The Lombardian, or Milanese mandolin was a C19 version of the older mandolino, developed principally by the Monzino family in Milan between 1750 and 1930.