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Pietro Tonelli bowlback mandolin  (748)  @  150 euros new

Old named Italian bowl-back

This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the early 20th century, with a fairly wide fingerboard. It is in good condition after minimal restoration. There is a label which says …

Pietro Tonelli

Fabriccanti di Mandolini

Napoli

This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with No repairs. It has a 19-piece rosewood bowl back with No repairs. It has a new wide semi-concert fingerboard in rosewood and frets. The tuners and tail are originals, the original bridge refitted. It retains the original finish 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) made and fitted a new fingerboard; 2) replaced some missing edging; 3) finished the top for protection with Tru-oil; 4) refitted the bridge and a new bone nut; and 5) strung and set up.

Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin

610mm

Width of mandolin at widest point

190mm

Approx. Depth of mandolin

150mm at bridge.

Finish

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

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched, spruce top, with no repairs.

Scratch plate

Original t/s in excellent condition.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65x 40mm. Lots of MOP. Slight dip either side, but seems stable.

Back and sides

19-piece, rosewood bowl-back, clasp & tulipwood sides. No repairs

Neck and Head

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

Fingerboard

New wide rosewood semi-concert fingerboard & 24 frets. New bone nut.

Machine heads

Original steel and brass tuners with original buttons. All working, some a little stiff.

Tailpiece

Original in steel with 4 brass string hooks.

Bridge/tensioner

Original ebony and brass bridge refitted.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 330mm

G string height at bridge

4.5mm

E string height at bridge

4mm

12th fret to bottom of G string (Action)

2mm

12th fret to bottom of E string (Action)

2mm

Width of fretboard at nut

30mm

Width of fretboard at widest point

43mm

Sleeve guard

Sleeve guards are available if required

 

Larger photos are available on request.