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18.  Neapolitan bowlback (529)  @ £120 
Larger photos are available on request.

Old named Italian bowl-back

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

Carlo Lorenzo

Stabilimento Musicali

Strada de Onorio

Napoli

This instrument is now fully restored. The top is sound with no repairs. It has a 23-piece rosewood bowl back with 1 seam repair. It has the original fingerboard in rosewood, with re-levelled original brass bar fret. The tuners, bridge and tail are all originals. The top has been lightly refinished with Tru-oil for protection, elsewhere it retains the original French polished finish. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a strong sound with good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) small repairs to edging; 2) lightly finished the top with Tru-oil; 3) levelled and dressed the original frets; 4) repaired a split rib in the bowl; and 5) made refitted the bridge.

 

 

 

Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin

630mm

Width of mandolin at widest point

200mm

Approx. Depth of mandolin

140mm at bridge.

Finish

Original finish in good condition. Touched up around repair. A coat of Tru-oil protects the top.

Belly wood

Book-matched, spruce top with NO repairs. Top sealed with a coat of Tru-oil.

Scratch plate

Original T/S in good condition

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65 x 40mmapprox

Back and sides

23-piece, rosewood, bowl-back, clasp, and sides. Repair to one split rib.

Neck and Head

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

Fingerboard

Original in rosewood with 17 re-levelled brass bar frets. MOP position markers at 3, 5, 7 and 12.

Machine heads

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

Tailpiece

Original in steel with 4 brass string posts.

Bridge/tensioner

Original ebony shelf bridge.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 335mm

G string height at bridge

8mm

E string height at bridge

7.5mm

12th fret to bottom of G string (Action)

2.25mm

12th fret to bottom of E string (Action)

1.25mm

Width of fretboard at nut

28mm

Width of fretboard at widest point

43mm

Sleeve guard

Sleeve guards are available if required

Case

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

 

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