|35. Rare old German mandola banjo (745) @ 300 euros new|
Old German mandola banjo
This is a pretty rare old, German, zither-style, mandola banjo from the early 20th century. It has a nice WIDE fretboard and a long scale at 420mm. It is in good condition, after restoration and set up. In 12 years, this is the only one I have seen.... and it has a headplate which says..
Meinel and Herold
This instrument is now restored and fully playable. It has anew skin. It has the original fingerboard in ebony, with relevelled frets which look original . The tuners, bridge and tail are all originals. It has been restrung with light strings, gauges 013, 018, 030w, 044w, and is now playing well with a strong, full, sound with good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.
Other than cleaning,I have repaired as follows… 1) refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil; 2) levelled the original frets and replaced a couple of missing ones; 3) fitted a new skin and internal brace; 4) refitted the bridge and adjusted the neck angle; and 5) restrung and set up.
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