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29. Old German waldzither (667)  @ 150 euros new
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Old German flatback waldzither

This is an old domeback waldzither made in Germany. It is now sound and playing well, and set up as a mandola/mandolin in CGGDDAAEE...... it has no label or top-stamp....

It has the original finger-board with 17 original re-levelled brass frets. The spruce top is now sound with NO repairs. The back is now sound with a centre seam repair. The tuners, bridge and tail are originals. The instrument has been completely refinished with shellac and Tru-oil. It has been strung as a mandola/mandolin in CGDAE, and is now playing well with a light, bright sound and good sustain.

Other than cleaning, I have carried out the following work on this instrument: 1) remodelled the shrunken back adding a decorative central purfling, so it now fits well; 2) repaired a small dink in one side; 3)levelled and dressed the original frets; 4) refinished with shellac and Tru-oil; 5) refitted the original bridge with a new bone saddle; and 6) strung and set up.

 

Mandola Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of mandola

720mm

Width at widest point

290mm

Approx. Depth of mandola

90mm at bridge.

Finish

Refinished in shellac and Tru-oil.

Belly wood

Fairly good quality, book-matched, cedar?? top. NO repairs.

Sound hole

Ovaloid, approx. 60 x 35mm

Scratchplate

In good condition, with some MOP

Back

2 piece, flat, stained maple back. New centre strip to add width and re-enforced inside.

Neck and Head

Single-piece, neck and head, in stained maple.

Sides

Maple, good condition. One dent repaired lower side.

Fingerboard

Original in rosewood, 17 original relevelled brass frets. Position markers at 5, 7 and 12. Original nut.

Machine heads

Original steel and brass open tuners, all working, but a little stiff.

Tailpiece

Original in steel with 8 string hooks, and strap loop.

Bridge

Refitted rosewood with new bone saddle.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 415mm

G string height at bridge

13mm

E string height at bridge

13mm

12th fret to bottom string (Action)

2.25mm

12th fret to top string (Action)1.5

2mm

Width of fretboard at nut

35mm

Width of fretboard at widest point

50mm

Gigbag

I have a new padded bag available 35 euros