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Old named Italian mandolin (680)  @ £140  new

Old named Italian bowl-back

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

Mario Casella


This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with No repairs. It has a 21-piece rosewood bowl back with seam repairs. It has the original fingerboard in rosewood, with new brass frets. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge new. It retains the original finish throughout except on the top. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a bright, well-rounded sound with fair sustain and volume. It has a very light playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) levelled the fingerboard and fitted new frets; 2) repaired 2 open seams in the bowl; 3) repaired damage to head veneer; 4) refinished the top with tru-oil; 5) made and fitted a new bridge and refitted nut; 6) restrung and set up.



Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

150mm at bridge.


Original finish throughout, top protected with tru-oil.

Belly wood

Book-matched, spruce top with NO repairs.

Scratch plate

Original in good condition, nice MOP inlay, but perhaps reglued by a previous owner?!

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65x 40mm. Lots of MOP

Back and sides

21-piece, rosewood bowl-back, sides & clasp. 2 seam repairs, and evidence of an older central repair, which seems sound .

Neck and Head

2-piece, veneered neck and head, repair to head veneer.


Original in rosewood with 27 new brass frets. Refitted bone nut.

Machine heads

Original steel and brass open tuners with mostly original buttons. 1 is certainly an old replacement. All working, some stiff.


Original in steel with 4 string hooks.


New rosewood and brass shelf bridge.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 329mm

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


Larger photos are available on request.