Mandolins For Sale
|36. Old Italian bowlback mandolin (732) @ 130 euros new|
Old named Italian bowl-back
This is an entry level, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the early 20th century, with a fairly wide fingerboard, a long scal and a large bowl. It is in good condition after restoration. There is a label which says …
Strada de Onorio
This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound witha split repair. It has a 21-piece rosewood bowl back with a couple of almost invisible repairs. It has the original fingerboard and frets. The tuners, tail and bridge are all originals. It largely retains the original finish except 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) repaired some short seam separations at the base of the bowl; 2) repaired a long spilt in the top, re-enforced under; 3) repaired some damage to edging and purfling; 4) finished the top for protection with Tru-oil; 5) refitted the original bridge, and 6) strung and set up.
Larger photos are available on request.