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26. Old Italian bowlback mandolin  (729)  @ 150 euros
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Old Italian bowl-back

This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the late 19th or early 20th century. It is in good condition after restoration, including a fairly wide, new semi-concert fingerboard. There is a label which says …

Domenico Zanoni

Napoli

Fabbrica di strumenti harmonici

This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with NO major repairs, small repairs to edging. It has a 23-piece rosewood bowl back with a couple of seam repairs. It has a new rosewood fingerboard and 23 frets. It had a loose neck, which has now been securely refitted. The tuners, tail are originals, the bridge original and refitted. It retains most of the original finish, touched up around repairs, with a coat of Tru-oil for protection on the top. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a bright rounded sound, and an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired open seams in the bowl and re-enforced inside; 2) reset the neck securely; 3) fitted a new semi-concert fingerboard and bone nut with 23 frets; 4) applied a coat of Tru-oil varnish to the top for protection; 5) refitted the original bridge; 6) strung and set up.

 

Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin

620mm

Width of mandolin at widest point

200mm

Approx. Depth of mandolin

140mm at bridge.

Finish

Mostly original finish throughout, touched up around repairs and tru-oil to protect the top.

Belly wood

Fair quality, close-grained, spruce top. Small damage to purfling and top left edge repaired.

Scratch plate

Original t/s in good condition.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 60 x 35mm. Lots of MOP

Back and sides

23-piece, rosewood bowl-back, clasp and sides. A couple of seam repairs.

Neck and Head

2-piece, veneered neck and head, in good condition. Neck-body join securely re-glued.

Fingerboard

New in rosewood, semi-concert, with 23 frets. New bone nut. MOP position markers.

Machine heads

Original steel and brass enclosed tuners with original buttons. All working, but v. stiff, would recommend string winder.

Tailpiece

Original in steel with 4 string hooks.

Bridge/tensioner

Original shelf bridge re-fitted.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 332mm

G string height at bridge

6.6mm

E string height at bridge

6mm

12th fret to bottom of G string (Action)

2mm

12th fret to bottom of E string (Action)

2mm

Width of fretboard at nut

29mm

Width of fretboard at widest point

44mm

Sleeve guard

Sleeve guards are available if required