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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 with several 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.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

140mm at bridge.


Refinished with shellac and Tru-oil..

Belly wood

Good quality, book-matched spruce top, with shrinkage repairs and repair to the cant.

Scratch plate

Composite, with mop decoration.

Sound hole

70mm x 40mm lavishly decorated with purfling and MOP.

Back and sides

Rosewood, 1 short seam repair.

Neck and Head

2-piece, dovetailed triangular maple neck and head in good condition. Fairly narrow neck, 26mm at nut.


Original f/b with 17 relevelled brass frets. Original bone nut. Position markers at 3, 5, 7, 10 and 12.

Machine heads

Original tuners. All working. Original buttons, but very stiff. Recommend string winder, cheap on ebay.


Unusual but original steel tail, 4 string hooks and 2 brass posts.


New rosewood and brass shelf bridge 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