|34. Old German pocket mandolin (679) @ 150 euros new|
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Old German pocket mandolin
This is an old, German-built, pocket mandolin, perhaps from early to mid C20th. It is in good condition after restoration. There is a label which says...
(though this may be the tail piece name, as its seen on mandolins by different makers)
This instrument is now fully cleaned and playable. The top is sound withtwo shrinkage repairs. It has a 3-piece domed back in stained maple with ebony stringing. It has the original fingerboard and relevelled brass frets. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge and tensioner new. It has been refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a light, bright sound with fair sustain and volume for such a small body. It has an easy playing action.
Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows; 1) repaired 2 cracks in the top; 2) repaired some damage to back seams; 3) relevelled the frets, 4) replaced a missing piece of scratchplate inlay; 5) refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil; 6) made and fitted a new bridge with a tensioner; and 5) strung and set up.