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4. Old German domeback mandolin  (581)  @ 95 euros  new
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Old German dome-back mandolin

This is an old, German-built, dome-back mandolin, perhaps from mid C20th. It is in fair condition after restoration. There is a label which says....


Model 505432

The top has a small repair lower right to an impact damage. The multi-piece back is sound. Tuners and tail are originals, as is the fingerboard and frets... showing no wear. The ebony bridge and tensioner are new. I have restrung with GHS ultra lights, and the mandolin is now playing well with a bright, ringing sound, and good sustain. It was a very easy action.

Other than cleaned I have repaired as follows: 1) repaired small damage to edging from an impact;; 2) repaired a short open seam between back and side; 3) touched up varnish around repairs with shellac and Tru-oil varnish; 4) levelled and dressed the original frets; 5) made and fitted a new bridge and tensioner in ebony; and 6) restrung and set up.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

100mm at bridge.


Retains its original finish, touched up around small repairs. 'Crazing' visible on the lower front is only in the varnish, not the wood.

Belly wood

Book-matched spruce top, close grained at the centre. Edging repaired lower right. 1 or 2 small dents. Old bridge shadow in the wrong place!!

Scratch plate

Good condition.

Sound hole

Ovaloid 60 x 35mm.

Back and sides

Stained maple back and sides. Small repairs to open back-side seams.

Neck and Head

Single piece neck and head in good condition.


Original 18 re-levelled brass frets and a new bone nut. Position markers at 5, 7 and 12

Machine heads

Original steel and brass tuners with original buttons. All working.


Original steel tail, 8 string and 1 strap hook.


New ebony and bone bridge and new tensioner fitted.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 332mm

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



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