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German domeback mandolin (580)  @ 110  new

Old German dome-back mandolin

This is an old, German-built, dome-back mandolin, perhaps from early to mid C20th. It is in good condition after restoration. There is a label on the tailpiece which says....



(but whether this is the manufacturer of mandolin, tailpiece or just a distributor is not clear)

This instrument is now fully restored and playable.

The mandolin is now playing with a light action, fair sustain, and a pleasant round sound.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as folllows..... 1) reglued several open seams in the back; 2) repaired a shrinkage split in the top; 3) replaced the old distressed varnish throughout with Tru-oil; 4) levelled and dressed the original frets; 5) remodelled the original bridge; and 6) restrung and set up.

Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

100mm at bridge.


The mandolin has been refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil varnish.

Belly wood

Good quality, book-matched spruce top. Edging and purfling in good repair. One shrinkage repair.

Scratch plate

Composite with floral inlay, in good condition.

Sound hole

Ovaloid 60 x 30mm. Approx. Some slight warping around....

Back and sides

Multi-piece back, and sides. Looks like tulipwood, and ebony....

Neck and Head

Single piece neck and head in good condition.


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

Machine heads

Original tuners with original buttons. All working.


Original steel tail, 8 string hooks a little tarnished. Marked 'Marcelli' D.R.G.M.


Original bridge re-fitted, with a new bone saddle.

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


Sleeve guard



I have some gigbags available for purchase.


Larger photos are available on request.