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|An old Calace bowlback mandolin (642) @ 550 euros|
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Calace Italian bowl-back
This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the early 20th century. It is in good condition after restoration. There is a label which says …
Prof. Comm. Raffaele Calace & Figlio
Via Egiziaca Pizzofalcone 75
Signed by Calace...Anno 1925
This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound withno splits. It has a 17-piece rosewood bowl back with NO seam repairs. It has the original rosewood fingerboard and MOP markers. The tuners and tail are period but I dont think original, the bridge new. It retains the original finish throughout but with Tru-oil on 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) reglued loose side bands; 2) repaired missing edging; 3) refinished the top with tru-oil for protection; 4) dressed and levelled the original frets; and 5) made and fitted new nut and bridge and set up.