33. Old German domeback mandola (700)  160 euros new

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Old German domeback mandola

This is an old domeback mandola made in Germany, perhaps early to mid 20th century. It is now sound and playing well, and set up as a mandola in CGDA...... it has no label.....

It has the original finger-board with 18 original re-levelled brass frets. The spruce top is sound with NO repairs. The back is now sound with seam repairs, but now re-enforced inside. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge new. The instrument has been completely refinished with shellac and Tru-oil. It has been strung as a mandola in CGDA, and is now playing well with a full, ringing, sonorous sound and a light action, sustain and volume good.

Other than cleaning, I have carried out the following work on this instrument: 1) repaired several seams in the back; 2) levelled and dressed the original frets; 3) removed some warping either side of the sound hole and re-enforced beneath; 4) refinished with Tru-oil; 5) made and fitted a new rosewood and bone bridge; and 6) strung and set up.


Mandola Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of mandola


Width at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandola

110mm at bridge.


Refinished in shellac and Tru-oil.

Belly wood

Good quality, book-matched, spruce. Flattened either side of sound hole and re-enforced beneath.

Sound hole

Ovaloid, approx. 50 x 45mm


In good condition, some MOP


Seven piece, domed, stained maple back. Almost invisible seam repairs

Neck and Head

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


Maple, good condition.


Original. 18 original relevelled brass frets. Position markers at 5, 7 and 12.

Machine heads

Original steel and brass open tuners, all working.


Original in steel with 8 string hooks, and a strap hook.


New rosewood and bone bridge...

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 420mm

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