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10. Calace maple mandolin  (554)  @ £500 new

Larger photos are available on request.

Calace Italian bowl-back

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

Cav. Raffaele Calace

Via Chiaia 207


also a label from the original Swiss retailer Hug & Co. Zurich

This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with no shrinkage splits. It has a 17-piece maple bowl back with seam repairs. It has the original rosewood fingerboard and MOP markers. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge new. It has been refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil on the top. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a full, ringing sound with good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired damage to a small section of the bowl; 2) tidied up an old neck repair; 3) refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil on the top for protection; 4) dressed and levelled the original frets; and 5) made and fitted a new bridge and set up.



Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

150mm at bridge.


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

Belly wood

Close-grained, book-matched, spruce top with no splits.

Scratch plate

Original in good condition

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 80 x 45mm.

Back and sides

17-piece, maple, bowl-back & clasp, and rosewood sides. Repairs to 3 ribs in a small section near the heel.

Neck and Head

2-piece, veneered neck and head in v good condition. I have cleaned up an old stable repair.


Original fingerboard, German silver frets relevelled and dressed. Slight wear.

Machine heads

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


Original in steel with 8 string posts.


New rosewood and bone shelf bridge fitted.

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


I have some re-conditioned bowl-back cases available for purchase, as well as gigbags.