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26. Old named neapolitan mandolin  (706)  @ 160 euros
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Old 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 …

C. L. Andre

Musical Instrument Depot

Triangle House, Triangle, Hackney, London

This is an unusual instrument, as its styling and method of construction is definitely not Italian, German or English, so its origin is uncertain, and the label probably indicates the retail outlet.

The instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with NO repairs. It has a 17-piece rosewood bowl back with some seam repairs. It has the original fingerboard and frets in ebony. The tuners, bridge and tail are originals. It has been refinished throughout, with shellac and 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 fine, ringing sound with fair sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired some open seams in the bowl; 2) replaced missing or broken tuner buttons; 3) levelled the original frets; 4) reglued some loose veneer; 5) refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil varnish; and 6) strung and set up.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

145mm at bridge.


Refinished throughout, with shellac and tru-oil varnish, and tru-oil to protect the top.

Belly wood

Book-matched, spruce top. No repairs, edging in good order.

Scratch plate

Original in good condition. Probably celluloid.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 70 x 40mm.

Back and sides

17-piece, rosewood bowl-back & clasp. Several seam repairs.

Neck and Head

Single-piece, painted, neck and head, in good condition.


Original ebony fingerboard with 17 levelled German silver bar frets. Original bone/ivory nut. Position markers at 5, 9 and 12

Machine heads

Original steel and brass tuners with new buttons. All working.


Original in steel with 4 string posts.


Original ebony and bone shelf bridge refitted.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 330mm

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