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9. Old German domeback mandolin (652)  @ 120 euros
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Old German dome-back mandolin

This is an old, German-built, dome-back mandolin, perhaps from early to mid C20th. It is in excellent condition after restoration. There is a makers label stamped on the top, but it is indecipherable... ...

This instrument is now fully cleaned and playable. The top is sound with crack repairs. It has a superb 21-piece domeback in a variety of woods, with NO repairs. It has the original fingerboard and relevelled brass frets. The tuners, bridge and tail are all originals. It has been refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a good, full sound with good sustain and fair volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows; 1) several shrinkage splits in the top, 2) relevelled the frets, 3) refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil, and 4) refitted the original bridge, strung and set up.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

110mm at bridge.


Completely refinished with Tru-oil varnish, replacing old distressed varnish.

Belly wood

Book-matched spruce top. Edging and purfling in good repair. Major shrinkage splits repaired, but now sound.

Scratch plate

Ebony I think, in good condition.

Sound hole

Ovoid. 65 x 35mm. Approx.

Back and sides

Stained maple and fruitwood back, and sides. No repairs,

Neck and Head

Single piece neck and head in good condition.


All original, 17 original re-levelled frets. Bone nut. Position markers at 5, 7, 10 and 12

Machine heads

Original tuners with original buttons. All working.


Original steel tail, 8 string hooks and a strap hook.


Original bridge re-fitted.

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



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