Mandolins For Sale
|18. Old German bowlback mandolin (794) @ 120 euros|
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This is an old German mandolin from perhaps the early to mid 20th century. It is in good condition after extensive restoration.
There is no makers label.....
This instrument is now fully restored and playable. The top is sound withseveral split repairs but re-enforced beneath. It has a 19-piece, rosewood bowl back & clasp and tulipwood sides. The original fingerboard and frets are now clean and level and set on a shim to aid playability. The tuners, tail are originals and the bridge new. It has been refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil varnish. It has been restrung with light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with an easy action, and a round sound, with good sustain and volume.
Other than cleaning,I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired some extensive damage to the top (lower bout) and re-enforced beneath; 2) repairs to some purfling and edging; 3) reglued an open seam in the bowl; 4) refinished with shellac and tru-oil varnish; 5) levelled the f/b and frets and reset on a shim; 6) made and fitted a new rosewood bridge; 7) restrung and set up.