Home Mandolin: Repro Sleeve Guards Restoration Parts
To restore the old mandolins I work on, because of the type of tail-piece they have, I sometimes need to fit a sleeve guard. Like repro bridges, I have failed to find a supplier of these, (even the tortoise-shell celluloid is expensive and difficult to find), so I have been forced to make them myself. They are all made by hand in my workshop using chisels, craft knives and files.
I have taken existing patterns from old sleeve guards as my models, and for convenience named them after the instrument they were seen on. Below are those I make to date, with prices, that represent the cost of materials, plus a few Euros for the hour or so it takes to make one.
|Sleeve Guards 15 euros|
|Future sleeve guards will not necessarily match in colour, as dictated by the celluloid I am able to acquire.|
These sleeve guards are designed to be used primarily with the small, Italian-style tail-pieces with 4 brass string posts.
The thin tail fits between the centre 2 posts, (left photo below) over the strings, and is held in place by the 2 small 'ears' at the top, (right photo below) which are tucked under the outer 2 strings. If the tail needs bending to shape, this can be done by hand, or by softening the tail in hot water first.
I have seen similar on German mandolins with 4 string hooks and no 'kidney' tail-piece, though these have usually been of aluminium.
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|Orange T/S||between centre posts||ears under outer strings||Yellow T/S|