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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


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


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

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.


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.


Original in steel with 4 brass string hooks.


Original ebony and brass bridge refitted.

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


Larger photos are available on request.