Mandolins For Sale
|Old named Italian mandolin (583) @ £130 new|
Old named Italian bowl-back
This is an old, ornate, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the early 20th century. It is in good condition after restoration. There is a label …
G. Puglisi Reale & Figli
Catania Anno 1914
plus 'Depose Geschutz', which means it was made specifically for export to Germany presumably...
This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound witha small repair to the centre join and one side where shrinkage happened. It has a 23-piece rosewood bowl back with NO seam repairs. It has a new rosewood concert fingerboard set on a shim. The tuners are a period replacement, tail is original, the bridge new. The top has been refinished with shellac and Tru-oil. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a bright, round sound with fair sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.
Other than cleaning,I have repaired as follows… 1) made and fitted a new concert fingerboard in rosewood; 2) repaired small shrinkage cracks in the centre seam, and right side in the top; 3) refinished the top with shellac and tru-oil; 4) replaced broken tuners with period originals and re-veneered the head front; 5) made and fitted a new nut and bridge; and 6) set up.
Larger photos are available on request.