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31. Old Italian bowlback mandolin (695)  130 euros
Larger photos are available on request.

Old named Italian bowl-back

This is an old, probably Italian-built, bowl-back mandolin, from the early 20th century. It is in good condition after restoration. There is a top stamp, typical of mandolins for sale in France, which says …

Ridelli, Napoli

This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with No major repairs. It has a 23-piece rosewood bowl back with seam repairs. It has a new rosewood fingerboard with modern brass frets. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge new. It retains much of the original finish, though substantially touched up around repairs. 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) repaired several open seams in the bowl; 2) made and fitted a new rosewood fingerboard; 3) replaced missing edging; 4) renewed the crumbled neck veneer; 5) repaired some small damage/scratching to the top and finished with tru-oil; 6) replaced missing and broken tuner buttons; 7) made and fitted a new shelf bridge and bone nut; 8)strung and set up.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

150mm at bridge.


Original finish though heavily touched up around repairs and neck and head, top protected with tru-oil varnish.

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched, spruce top with no major repairs. Some scratches and a little insect damage repaired.

Scratch plate

Original t/s in good condition. Rosewood

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65x 35mm.

Back and sides

23-piece, rosewood bowl-back, clasp, and tulipwood sides. Several seam repairs, but re-enforced inside.

Neck and Head

2-piece, newly veneered neck and head.


New rosewood fingerboard with brass frets. New bone nut.

Machine heads

Original steel and brass tuners with new buttons. All working.


Original in steel with 4 brass string posts. A little tarnished.


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