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Old Italian mandolin (699)  @ 160 euros  new

Old named Italian bowl-back

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

Pietro Ruffini

Brecia Italia

imported by Ball Beavon & Co. London (across label in red)

This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is now sound with repairs around the heel. It has a 19-piece rosewood bowl back with seam repairs. It has a new rosewood semi-concert fingerboard with 20 frets.. The tuners and tail are originals, the rosewood bridge new. It has been refinished throughout with shellac and 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 and good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired an open seam in the bowl; 2) made and fitted a new semi-concert fingerboard in ebony; 3) safeguarded the top with a coat of tru-oil varnish; 4) made and fitted a new nut and bridge; 5) strung and set up.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

140mm at bridge.


Refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil, the top protected with tru-oil.

Belly wood

Book-matched, spruce top, close-grained at the centre, repairs around the heel. MOP and faux t/s edging, much replaced.

Scratch plate

Original t/s in fair condition

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65 x 40mm. Lots of MOP

Back and sides

19-piece, rosewood, bowl-back & clasp. Several seam repairs.

Neck and Head

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


New rosewood semi-concert fingerboard. 20 frets, 39 mm wide at the nut.

Machine heads

Original steel and brass tuners with original bone/ivory buttons. All working.


Original in brass with 4 brass string posts.


New rosewood and brass shelf bridge.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 335mm

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.