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An old Calace bowlback mandolin  (642) @ 525 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 with no 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.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

140mm at bridge.


Original french polished finished throughout with top protected with tru-oil.

Belly wood

Good quality, close-grained, book-matched, spruce top with no splits. One or two small scratches.

Scratch plate

Original in rosewood in good condition

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 85 x 45mm.

Back and sides

17-piece, rosewood, bowl-back & clasp, and tulipwood sides. Repairs to edging near the heel.

Neck and Head

2-piece, veneered neck and head in v good condition.


Original fingerboard, German silver frets relevelled and dressed. One or two missing replaced.

Machine heads

Non-original steel and brass tuners. All working.


May be original in steel with 8 string posts, but there were extra screw holes??


New rosewood and bone shelf bridge fitted.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 334mm

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


I have some re-conditioned bowl-back cases available for purchase, as well as gigbags.