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19. Old dome-back mandriola 'Mignon' (762)   @ 175 euros new

Old German domeback mandriola

This is an old, German mandriola, probably from the early to mid 20th century. It is in fair condition after restoration. There is a top-stamp which says...


The top is now sound with no repairs, thought some warping remains around the sound hole. It has a 7-piece dome back in good condition with 2 seam repairs. It has a new fingerboard in rosewood, with new frets. The tuners are original and in good condition. The tail is original though tarnished. It has a new rosewood and bone bridge. 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 warping around the sound hole and re-enforced beneath; 2) re-glued 2 open back seams, 3) made and fitted a new rosewood fingerboard, set on a shim; 4) re-finished throughout with Tru-oil; 5) made and fitted a new bridge; 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

100mm at bridge.


Refinished throughout with Tru-oil varnish.

Belly wood

Book-matched, spruce top with 2 major splits, but re-enforced beneath.

Scratch plate

Fair condition

Sound hole

approx. 55 x 35mm.

Back and sides

7 piece, stained maple back and sides. 2 seam repairs.

Neck and Head

Slotted head and neck in good condition.


Rosewood with 17 new frets.

Machine heads

Steel and brass tuners with original buttons. All working.


Original 8 string hooks, sleeve guard, and strap loop, somewhat tarnished.


Refitted rosewood and bone bridge.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 335mm

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


Larger photos are available on request.