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6.  Old German bowlback mandolin (798)  @ 200 euros
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Old un-named German bowl-back

This is an old German bowl-back mandolin from the early to mid 20th century, with a fairly narrow, semi-concert fingerboard. It is in good condition after restoration. There is no label....


This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with an old shrinkage repair to the centre join. It has a magnificent 36-piece maple bowl back with repair to a couple of open seams and some small damage. It has a the original fingerboard with re-levelled brass frets. The tuners, tail and bridge are all originals. It has been refinished throughout with Tru-oil varnish. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a full, round sound with good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired small damage to the bowl; 2) repaired open seams in the bowl; 3) levelled and dressed the original frets; 4) finished throughout with Tru-oil; and 5) strung and set up.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

150mm at bridge.


Refinished throughout with Tru-oil varnish.

Belly wood

Good quality, book-matched, spruce top, close-grained. An old centre join repair. Slight warp near soundhole, does not affect playability.

Scratch plate

Composite, with MOP.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65x 40mm.

Back and sides

36-piece, maple bowl-back, perhaps walnut or fruitwood clasp, & sides. 2 seam and small damage repairs.

Neck and Head

2 piece, stained neck and head in good condition.


Original ebony semi concert fingerboard with 21 re-levelled brass frets. Original rosewood nut.

Machine heads

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


Original in steel with 4 brass string postss and strap insert. Tarnished


Original rosewood refitted bridge.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 330mm

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