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7. Old Tannhauser mandola (654)  175 euros new
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Old German domeback mandola

This is a domeback mandola made in Germany. It is now sound and playing well, and set up a mandola in CGDA...... it has an almost indecipherable topstamp which undoubtedly says.....

Tannhauser

GDR Regstrd

It has the original finger-board with 17 original re-levelled brass frets. The spruce top is now sound with 1 centre join repair. The back is now sound with several seam repairs, but now re-enforced inside. The tuners are originals, the bridge and tail are new. The instrument has been completely refinished with shellac and Tru-oil. It has been strung as a mandola in CGDA, and is now playing well with a full, ringing, sonorous sound and a light action, sustain and volume, esp. on the lower strings is fairly good.

Other than cleaning, I have carried out the following work on this instrument: 1) repaired several seams in the back; 2) repaired the open centre join in the top; 3) levelled and dressed the original frets; 4) refinished with Tru-oil; 5) made and fitted a new bridge; 6) fitted a new tailpiece; and 7) strung and set up.

Mandola Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of mandola

715mm

Width at widest point

300mm

Approx. Depth of mandola

130mm at bridge.

Finish

Refinished in shellac and Tru-oil.

Belly wood

Book-matched, spruce. Centre join repair.

Sound hole

Oval, approx. 70 x 45mm

Scratchplate

In good condition, some MOP

Back

Seven piece, domed, stained maple back. Heavily repaired but now sound and re-enforced inside.

Neck and Head

Single-piece, neck and head, in stained maple.

Sides

Maple, good condition.

Fingerboard

Original. 17 original relevelled brass frets. Position markers at 5, 7 and 12. New bone nut.

Machine heads

Original steel and brass open tuners, all working.

Tailpiece

New in steel with 8 string hooks, and strap hook.

Bridge

New rosewood and brass shelf bridge...

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 420mm

G string height at bridge

10mm

E string height at bridge

10mm

12th fret to bottom string (Action)

2.25mm

12th fret to top string (Action)1.5

2mm

Width of fretboard at nut

35mm

Width of fretboard at widest point

51mm

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