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Old named Italian mandolin (514)  @ 300 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 restoration. There is a label which says …

Michele Marano

Allievo di Vinaccia

Sistema di de Meglio di Strumenti Armonici

Vico Consiglio, 22 Napoli

This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with one repair. It has a 23-piece rosewood bowl back with no seam repairs. It has the a new, 22 fret, semi-concert fingerboard in rosewood. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge new. It retains the original finish throughout except on the top, which is protected with tru-oil varnish. 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) fitted a new rosewood semi-concert fingerboard; 2) repaired a small shrinkage crack in the top; 3) replaced missing inlay and edging on the top; 4) refinished the top with tru-oil; 5) made and fitted a new nut and bridge; 6) repaired lifting veneer on the neck; and 7) strung and set up.



Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

155mm at bridge.


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

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched, spruce top with NO repairs. Replacements of missing inlay and edging.

Scratch plate

Original some repairs to MOP inlay.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 70 x 40mm. Lots of MOP

Back and sides

23-piece, rosewood bowl-back & clasp, and tulipwood sides and trim. No seam repairs .

Neck and Head

2-piece, veneered neck and head, repairs to lifted veneer.


New rosewood semi-concert fingerboard with 22 frets. New bone nut.

Machine heads

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


Original in steel with 4 string hooks.


New rosewood and brass shelf bridge.

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.