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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 …

Carlo Lorenzo

Stabilimento Musicali

Strada de Onorio


This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with a 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.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

150mm at bridge.


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

Belly wood

Good quality, book-matched, spruce top, close-grained with one long shrinkage repair.

Scratch plate

Original t/s in excellent condition.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 75x 45mm.

Back and sides

21-piece, rosewood bowl-back, claspa and sides. Some small seam repairs.

Neck and Head

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


Original rosewood fingerboard with brass frets. Original bone nut.

Machine heads

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


Original in steel with 4 brass string posts and sleeve guard.


Original ebony and brass refitted bridge.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 336mm

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



Larger photos are available on request.