Mandolins For Sale
|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 withan 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.