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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


Width at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandola

90mm at bridge.


Refinished in shellac and Tru-oil.

Belly wood

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

Sound hole

Ovaloid, approx. 60 x 35mm


In good condition, with some MOP


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.


Maple, good condition. One dent repaired lower side.


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.


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


Refitted rosewood with new bone saddle.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 415mm

G string height at bridge


E string height at bridge


12th fret to bottom string (Action)


12th fret to top string (Action)1.5


Width of fretboard at nut


Width of fretboard at widest point



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