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16. Old German mandolin (682) @  150 euros
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Old un-named German an bowl-back mandolin

This is an old, long scale, large bowl, German-built mandolin, in good condition after restoration. There is no makers label or stamp, but this is common in mandolins produced in the old communist E. Germany.....

This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with 2 shrinkage repairs. It has a superb 24-piece flamed maple bowl back with no repair. It has the original domed rosewood fingerboard and re-levelled brass frets. The tuners and tail are originals, the rosewood bridge new. It has been refinished throughout but with shellac and Tru-oil. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a bright ringing sound with good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired a split in the top; 2) made and fitted a new arm guard; 3) refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil varnish; 4) replace the missing head decoration; 5) levelled the original frets; 6) repaired a split in the head; and 7) strung and set up.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

150mm at bridge.


The mandolin was refinished throughout.

Belly wood

Close-grained, book-matched spruce top, with 1 shrinkage repair, and a repair to the centre join.

Scratch plate

Original in good condition

Sound hole

Ovaloid 75 x 35mm.

Back and sides

Stained flamed maple back, and sides.

Neck and Head

Single-piece triangular neck and head in good condition. A split in the head was repaired. Snake-head decoration is new.


Original domed semi-concert f/b with 22 original re-levelled frets. Original nut. Position markers at 5, 7, 10, 12, 15 and 17.

Machine heads

Original tuners and buttons. All working.


Steel tail, with 8 brass string posts.


New rosewood and brass bridge.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 365mm

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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