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18.  German domeback mandriola (571)  @ £130 
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Old German domeback mandriola

This is an old, German mandriola, probably from the early to mid 20th century. It is in good condition after restoration. There is no label but a top-stamp which says…


The top is now sound with 2 repairs. It has a 7-piece dome back in good condition after 1 seam repair. It has the original fingerboard in rosewood, with re-levelled bras frets. The tuners are original and in good condition. The refitted bridge and tailpiece are original and the tensioner new. It has been refinished throughout with Tru-oil. It is now playing well with a strong, bright, rounded sound with good volume and sustain. It has an easy playing action, though playing a triple course instrument requires a little practice.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired 2 shrinkage cracks in the top; 2) reglued an open back seam, 3) levelled and dressed the frets; 4) refinsihed throughout with Tru-oil; 5) refitted the bridge and a new tensioner; and 6) restrung with phosphor bronze strings.

Mandriola Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandriola


Width of mandriola at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandriola

120mm at bridge.


Refinished throughout with Tru-oil varnish.

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched, spruce top with 2 long shrinkage repairs.

Scratch plate

Good condition

Sound hole

approx. 65 x 40mm.

Back and sides

7 piece, stained maple back and sides. Seam repair in the back.

Neck and Head

Slotted head and neck in good condition.


Rosewood with 17 relevelled brass frets.

Machine heads

Steel and brass tuners with original buttons. All working.


Original 8 string hooks, sleeve guard, and strap button.


Refitted rosewood and bone bridge. Tensioner fitted to offset a flat string profile.

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



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