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30. Simple ebony-maple bowlback (741)  120 euros new

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Old bowl-back

This is an old, bowl-back, origin unknown, probably from the early 20th century, may be German. It is in good condition after restoration and has a relatively wide fingerboard. There is no label...

 

This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with 1 shrinkage repair. It has a 9-piece bowl back in maple and ebony with a couple of repairs. It has the original ebony fingerboard and brass frets. The tuners, tail and bridge are originals. It has been refinished throughout and 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 strong, ringing sound with fair sustain and volume and an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired a shrinkage crack in the top; 2) repaired a split rib in the bowl; 3) refinished with tru-oil throughout and a coat on the top; 4) levelled the frets and refitted the bridge; and 5) strung and set up.

 

  

Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin

605mm

Width of mandolin at widest point

195mm

Approx. Depth of mandolin

160mm at bridge.

Finish

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

Belly wood

Book-matched, spruce top, close-grained at the centre. One long, almost invisible, shrinkage repair.

Scratch plate

New acetate.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65 x 40mm.

Back and sides

9-piece, maple and ebony bowl-back. Some seam repairs.

Neck and Head

Single-piece, maple neck and head. Small indentations from a capo.

Fingerboard

Original rosewood f/b with 17 relevelled brass frets. Original ebony nut. Position markers at 5, 7, 10 and 12

Machine heads

Original steel and brass. All working.

Tailpiece

Original in brass with 4 string posts.

Bridge/tensioner

Original rosewood bridge refitted, with new bone saddle.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 330mm

G string height at bridge

6.5mm

E string height at bridge

4.75mm

12th fret to bottom of G string (Action)

2mm

12th fret to bottom of E string (Action)

1.25mm

Width of fretboard at nut

29mm

Width of fretboard at widest point

42mm

Sleeve guard

Sleeve guards are available if required