Mandolins For Sale
|18. Neapolitan bowlback (529) @ £120|
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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…
Strada de Onorio
This instrument is now fully restored. The top is sound withno 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.
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