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 with two 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.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

60mm at bridge.


Refinished with Tru-oil varnish.

Belly wood

Close-grained, spruce top. 2 repairs

Scratch plate

Sound, mop and abalone new.

Sound hole

Oval. 40 x 20mm. Approx.

Back and sides

Stained maple back, and sides. One seam repair.

Neck and Head

Single piece neck and head in good condition.


All original, 17 original re-levelled frets. Ebony nut. Position markers at 5, 7 and 12

Machine heads

Original tuners with original bone buttons. All working.


Original steel tail, 8 string hooks. Marked 'Marcelli'


New ebony bridge and tensioner fitted.

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



350 grams

Sleeve guard



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