Mandolins For Sale
|36. Ornate old Italian bowlback mandolin (750) @ 250 euros new|
Old named Italian bowl-back
This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the late 19th or early 20th century, with a fairly high level of decoration. It is in good condition after minimal restoration. There is a label which says …
Fabricca di Mandolini
Via Chiara 16
This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with1 shrinkage repair, lower left. It has a superb 27-piece rosewood bowl back with a long seam repairs. It has a original decorative fingerboard in rosewood and new brass bar frets. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge new. It has been refinished throughout except on the top which has been lightly finished with tru-oil for protection. 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) restained the neck and head; 2) repaired a split in the top, and an open seam in the bowl; 3) replaced missing edging; 4) fitted new brass bar frets; 5) refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil, with thin coat on the top for protection; 6) made and fitted a new bridge; and 5) strung and set up.
Larger photos are available on request.