I was wondering if someone could help me. I am a complete ignoramus when it comes to the mandolin so bear with me. I have found something resembling a mandolin in our garage and I was hoping I could resurrect it (these things are meant to be played). I haven’t changed anything on it yet and I am having trouble tuning it. I do not whether this is a) me doing something wrong b) incorrect stringing (which I think is the case as there is a string missing and it does not look right) c) a warped body around the sound hole or d) something I have not thought of. Anyway, I thought I would double check before proceeding to buy new strings in case it may be impossible to get it going again. I have included pictures of the head and where the warp is. Ignore the mushroom it has always been there.
The maker’s label inside says:
G. Puglisi Reale & Figli
Anno 1913 – 14
Plus on a separate label: Depose Geschutzl