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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


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

160mm at bridge.


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.


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.


Original in brass with 4 string posts.


Original rosewood bridge refitted, with new bone saddle.

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