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13. Old German domeback (655)   @ 130 euros  new

Old German dome-back mandolin

This is an old, German-built, dome-back mandolin, perhaps from mid to late C20th. It is in good condition after restoration. It has a relatively wide fretboard, so would be ideal for larger hands. There is no makers label, though this is typical of old mandolins built during the communist era ....

 

This instrument is now fully cleaned and playable. The top is sound with one repair under the bridge. It has a multi-piece domed back in maple and ebony, with several seam repairs. It has the original fingerboard and relevelled brass frets. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge and tensioner new. It has been refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a good, strong sound with good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows; 1) repaired some damage to open back seams; 2) repaired splits in one side and re-enforced inside; 3) repaired a strange hole under the bridge; 4) fitted new brass alloy frets, 5) refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil; 6) fitted a new bridge and tensioner; and 7) strung and set up.

Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin

630mm

Width of mandolin at widest point

270mm

Approx. Depth of mandolin

95mm at bridge.

Finish

Completely refinished with Tru-oil varnish, replacing old distressed varnish.

Belly wood

Close-grained, book-matched spruce top. Edging and purfling in good repair. One repair to a hole beneath the bridge.

Scratch plate

In good condition.

Sound hole

Ovaloid. 60 x 35mm. Approx.

Back and sides

Maple and ebony back, and maple sides. Repairs to damage on top side and around the heel, re-enforced inside.

Neck and Head

Single piece neck and head in good condition.

Fingerboard

Original, 17 new brass alloy frets. New bone nut. Position markers at 5, 7, 9 and 12

Machine heads

Original tuners with original buttons. All working.

Tailpiece

Original steel tail, 8 string hooks and a strap loop.

Bridge/tensioner

New rosewood and bone bridge fitted with a tensioner to offset the low string profile.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 330mm

G string height at bridge

5.5mm

E string height at bridge

5.5mm

12th fret to bottom of G string (Action)

2.25mm

12th fret to bottom of E string (Action)

2mm

Width of fretboard at nut

29mm

Width of fretboard at widest point

40mm

Sleeve guard

N/A

Case

I have some gigbags available for purchase.

 

Larger photos are available on request.