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12. Old fluted bowlback by Perrari  (684)  350 euros new

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Old fluted Italian bowl-back

This is an old, fluted bowl, Italian mandolin from the late 19th or early 20th century. It is in good condition after restoration. There is a label which says…


Fabricante di Mandolini


This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with 1 small repair. It has a superb 27-piece fluted rosewood bowl back with a couple of small repairs. It has a new rosewood fingerboard and frets. The tuners are originals, the bridge and tail new. It has been refinished throughout but with shellac and Tru-oil. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a deep mellow sound with fair sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action, and strung with GHS ultra light strings.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired a little damage to the bowl; 2) repaired a crack just right of the fingerboard; 3) made and fitted a new f/b in rosewood; 4) replaced damage to purfling; 5) completely replaced missing edging; 6) made and fitted a new rosewood bridge; 7) refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil varnish; and 8) strung and set up.



Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

160mm at bridge.


Re-finished throughout with shellac and tru-oil.

Belly wood

Good quality, close-grained, book-matched, spruce top with 1 small repair. Replacement purfling and edging pieces.

Scratch plate

Original, in good condition, lots of MOP

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 70 x 40mm.

Back and sides

Superb 27-piece, fluted, rosewood bowl-back & clasp, and tulipwood sides and edging. Repair to a small dent in the bowl.

Neck and Head

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


New rosewood fingerboard. New bone nut.

Machine heads

Original enclosed steel and brass tuners with original ivory??buttons. All working.


New in steel with 4 string posts.


New rosewood and brass shelf bridge fitted.

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