Mandolins For Sale
|20. Old German flatback mandolin (802) @ 110 euros new|
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This is an old, German-built, flatback mandolin, perhaps from the early to mid C20th. It is in good condition after restoration. It has a long scale at 335mm but a fairly narrow fingerboard. It would make a good travelling or 'back-packers' mandolin. There was no makers logo, not unusual for E. German-made instruments.
This instrument is now fully cleaned and playable. The top is sound with2 repairs. It has a 2-piece flat back in stained maple with repairs. It has the original fingerboard and frets. The tuners and bridge are originals, the tailpiece new. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a strong sound with good sustain and fair volume. It has an easy playing action.
Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows; 1) repaired and reglued the split loose back, which was screwed on!! 2) repaired 2 short shrinkage cracks to the top, the upper of which was badly glued; 3) refinished the body with shellac and tru-oil; 4) made and fitted a new bone nut and zero fret; 5) refitted the original bridge; 6) fitted new tuner buttons to the treble side (slightly larger); and 7) strung and set up.