Mandolins For Sale


  New Instruments

Mandolin Sales Hospital Gallery FAQ Payment Contact Links


27. German domeback 12 string mandriola  (721) @ 175 euros
Larger photos are available if required.

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 no label or top-stamp, but that is not unusual for instruments made in Saxony, part of the old E. Germany.

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

110mm at bridge.


Refinished throughout with Tru-oil varnish.

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched, spruce top with no splits, but repairs to warping around sound hole, re-enforced beneath.

Scratch plate

Fair condition

Sound hole

approx. 55 x 30mm.

Back and sides

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

Neck and Head

Slotted head and neck in good condition.


New rosewood with 17 frets, on a shim.

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 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