Mandolins For Sale
|7. Old Russian Balalaika (786) @ 150 euros new|
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Old Russian 6 string balalaika
This is an old, Russian balalaika probably from the early to mid 20th century. It is in good condition after restoration. There is a label but due to water damage it is indecipherable…
This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The laminated top is sound withNO repairs. It has an 8-piece maple and fruitwood back. It has the original fingerboard and frets. The tuners, tail pins and bridge are new. It has been refinished throughout. It has been restrung as a traditional balalaika, EE EE AA, and is now playing well with a bright ringing sound, and an easy playing action.
Other than cleaning,I have repaired as follows… 1) replaced the original struts with new to correct a dip in the top which was detached; 2) refitted the top and replaced damaged edging; 3) levelled 16 original brass frets; 4) refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil; 5) made and fitted a new bone nut and bridge; 4) fitted new tail pins, and 5) strung and set up.