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Details about  Lazzaro neapolitan bowlback traditional mandolin. Nice original condition.

Lazzaro neapolitan bowlback traditional mandolin. Nice original condition. See original listing
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No structural damage. Some age showing here and there. Overall sound condition. Dark spots either

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18 May, 2014 20:11:10 BST
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Item location:
Pontypridd, United Kingdom


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Item specifics

Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
An item that has been previously used. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. This item may be a floor model or an item that has been returned to the seller after a period of use. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
Seller notes: No structural damage. Some age showing here and there. Overall sound condition. Dark spots either side of bridge are natural wood figuring in the bookmatched top. Strings are old. Couple of tuner butons have small chips in edges. Mandolin would benefit from new strings and a setup & fret level for optimum playability as some fretwear is evident in places.




Lazzaro Italian bowl-back traditional mandolin

This is an Italian bowl-back mandolin, from the early 20th century. It is in good used original condition.

 It has a label which says…..

LAZZARO, Fabricante de Mandolini, Vico & Gennaro, Napoli

Traditional Italian mandolin made by Lazzaro in Naples Italy around 1900. The instrument is solid and is in complete & original condition. It has not been 'over cleaned' and therefore retains much of it's original 'patina' (and some dust!) It even has it's old steel stings. It has been handing in my living room for the last few years and I am selling to clear space. (I will be disposing of a couple of other similar instruments over the next few weeks on Ebay). Although the instrument is good overall, it would benefit from a setup & fret level with new strings.

The spruce wood top has a no distortion, cracks or repairs and is in good original clean condition. Top and soundhole are bound in white/black stringing. The back is clean and tidy and well made having 23 rosewood staves interspersed with boxwood stringing all in very good order.

A metal tailpiece in the Italian style is fitted which incorporates a post for each pair of strings. The brass strip string tuners are average quality and a little stiff but they hold the tuning perfectly. They will probably become easier to turn with regular use.

Overall mandolin length is 24” 

A nice vintage 1900's period mandolin in the traditional Italian style.

The mandolin will be properly and carefully packaged within a secure carton for shipping anywhere in the world. String tension will be relaxed a couple of semitones for shipping. 

Mandolin Specifications

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of  mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

150mm at bridge.


Polished finish to back

Belly wood

Good-quality, spruce.

Scratch plate

Acetate black simulated shell.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 70 x 40mm.

Back and sides

23-piece, rosewood bowl-back and clasp.  Box stringing.  

Neck and Head

Solid hardwood neck and head, veneered surface.


Dark rosewood fingerboard with 17  brass frets showing some stringwear in places. Bone nut.  Pearl markers at frets 3, 5, 7, 10 and 12

Machine heads

Open tuners with original buttons, some small chips evident.


Plated metal, with 4 string posts.


Dark rosewood bridge with bone saddle 

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 335mm

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


The mandolin will be carefully packaged with extra protection within a secure carton for safe delivery.
Shipping via Parcelforce48 trackable insured delivery.
Alternatively the buyer may collect at a mutually convenient time.

International bidders please ask for a quote for postage PRIOR to bidding

Questions and answers about this item

Q: Would like to know the postage to Australia - postcode is 4854
A: Hi I'm afraid the quotes I am getting are expensive. Cheapest is £100 (british pounds) Hope you can find something closer to home Regards
17 May, 2014

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