|34. Rubino (student of Vinaccia) bowlback mandolin (657) @ 340 euros|
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Old named Italian bowl-back
This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the late 19th century, built by a student of the Vinaccia brothers. It is in good condition after restoration. There is a label which says…
Allievo dei Fratelli Vinaccia
Fabbricante di Strumenti Armonici
Strada S. Chiara 32-33
This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with1 repairs. It has a 17-piece rosewood bowl back with small seam repairs to the lower bowl. It has a new extended fingerboard. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge new. It has original finish throughout but with Tru-oil on the top. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a bright, rounded mellow sound with good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.
Other than cleaning,I have repaired as follows… 1) made and fitted a new extended ebony fingerboard; 2) repaired small seam separations in the bowl; 3) repaired a short split in the top; 4) refinished the top with tru-oil; 5) made and fitted a new bridge; and 6) set up.