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12. Old bowlback by Soredino  (538)  110 euros new

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Old named 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 top-stamp which says…

Marco Soredino


This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with one small shrinkage repair. It has a 21-piece rosewood bowl back with no seam repairs. It has a new rosewood fingerboard set on a shim. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge new. It has 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 bright, ringing sound with good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) fitted a new rosewood fingerboard on a shim; 2) repaired damage to the neck veneer; 3) repaired damage to the edging; 4) refitted the loose scratchplae; 5) finished the top with tru-oil; 6) made and fitted a new nut and bridge; 7) set up.



Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

140mm at bridge.


Original finish throughout, touched up around repairs, top protected with tru-oil.

Belly wood

Fair quality, close-grained at the centre, book-matched, spruce top with 1 shrinkage repair.

Scratch plate

Original refittted, slightly shrunken...

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65x 40mm. Lots of MOP

Back and sides

21-piece, rosewood bowl-back & clasp, and sides.

Neck and Head

2-piece, veneered neck and head. Repairs to veneer around heel.


New rosewood, set on a shim, new modern alloy levelled frets.

Machine heads

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


Original in steel with 4 brass string posts.


New rosewood and brass shelf bridge.

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


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