35. Old German domeback mandolin (697)  150 euros  new
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Old German rosewood bowl-back

This is an old, German-made, long-scale, rosewood, bowlback mandolin from the early to mid 20th century. It is in good condition after restoration. There is no label…

This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with 2 shrinkage repairs. It has a superb 24-piece rosewood bowl back with 1 split repair. It has the original rosewood fingerboard and relevelled frets. The tuners, bridge and tail are originals. It has been refinished throughout but with shellac and Tru-oil. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a strong well-rounded sound with fair sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action, and strung with GHS ultra light strings.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired a little damage to the bowl; 2) repaired 2 shrinkage cracks in the top; 3) relevelled the original frets; 4) repaired damage to purfling and edging; 5) refitted the original bridge; 6) replaced missing mop inlay; 7) refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil varnish; and 8) strung and set up.

Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

140mm at bridge.


Re-finished throughout with shellac and tru-oil.

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched, spruce top with 2 shrinkage repairs. Small repairs to purfling and edging pieces.

Scratch plate

Original, in good condition, lots of MOP

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 55 x 35mm.

Back and sides

Superb 24-piece, rosewood bowl-back & clasp, and tulipwood sides. Repair to a split rib in the bowl.

Neck and Head

2-piece, stained neck and head in good condition.


Original rosewood fingerboard and bone nut.

Machine heads

Original steel and brass tuners with original bone buttons. All working.


Original, somewhat tarnished, in steel with 8 string hooks and a strap post.


Original rosewood and bone bridge refitted.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 340mm

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


Sleeve guard

Sleeve guards are available if required


I may have some re-conditioned bowl-back cases available for purchase, as well as gigbags.