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27. German 'PerlGold' 12 string mandriola  (613) @ 150 euros
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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 fairly good condition after restoration. There is a label which says…


fur Anspruchsvolle

(translation: 'for demanding people')

The top is now sound with 3 shrinkage repairs. It has a 7-piece dome back in good condition, no repairs. It has the original fingerboard, with re-levelled frets. The tuners are original and in good condition. The refitted bridge and tailpiece are original. 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 3 fine shrinkage cracks in the top; 2) repaired damage to purfling and edging top front left, and to scratchplate; 3) levelled and dressed the frets; 4) refinsihed throughout with Tru-oil; 5) refitted the bridge; and 6) restrung with mandriola strings.


Mandriola Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandriola


Width of mandriola at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandriola

115mm at bridge.


Refinished throughout with Tru-oil varnish.

Belly wood

Book-matched, spruce top with 3 fine shrinkage repairs. Plectrum wear top left.

Scratch plate

Fair condition, some small shrinkage crack repairs...

Sound hole

approx. 60 x 35mm.

Back and sides

7 piece, stained maple back and sides. No repairs.

Neck and Head

Slotted head and neck in good condition.


Original with 17 relevelled frets.

Machine heads

Steel and brass tuners with original buttons. All working.


Appears original 8 string hooks and sleeve guard.


Refitted bridge, new bone saddle.

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)

2.5mm provisionally

12th fret to bottom of E string (Action)


Width of fretboard at nut


Width of fretboard at widest point



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