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4. Rare old Bohm walddoline (mandolin)  (668)  @ 375 euros
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Old Bohm Walddoline – Preston tuners

This is an old Waldzither, made in Germany with Preston tuners. It has a Bohm label inside with the phone no 6825....

C. H. Bohm

Hamburg 5 Steintorweg 2

Bohm Waldzither Alster 6825

This instrument has obviously had work done on it before. All the original dark red stain seems to have been removed, a split in the top repaired, and the instrument refinished. Not in its original state, but quite sound.

It has the original re-levelled rosewood finger-board with 17 re-levelled German silver T-frets. The spruce top is sound with 1 old shrinkage repair. The flat back is sound with no apparent repairs. The tuners, tail and bridge are all originals. The instrument has been completely refinished. I have strung as a mandolin in GDAE, and is now playing well with good volume and sustain, a ringing, sonorous sound and a light action.

The walddoline will be supplied with a tuning key. A string winder is available for creating replacement double loop-end strings if required…

Other than cleaning, I have carried out the following work on this instrument: 1) levelled the fingerboard and refitted original frets; 2) refinished the top; 3) refitted the bridge and nut: and 4) strung and set up.

 

Walddoline Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of walddoline

525mm

Width at widest point

250mm

Approx. Depth of walddoline

80mm at bridge.

Finish

Refinished throughout.

Belly wood

Book-matched, spruce. 1 old shrinkage repair, but seems sound.

Sound hole

Oval, approx. 70 x 45mm. Edging fine.

Scratchplate

Rosewood... fine.

Back

2-piece flat back in maple. Stain removed in the past.

Neck and Head

Single-piece, painted, neck and head, probably maple in good condition.

Sides

Maple, perfect.

Fingerboard

Original in rosewood, re-levelled. 17 re-levelled German silver frets. MOP position markers at frets 5, 7, 10 and 12. Refitted nut.

Machine heads

Original steel Preston tuners, all working smoothly.

Tailpiece

Original in steel with 9 string hooks. 'Saiten 505' inscribed as string length.

Bridge

Original refitted glass bridge.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 335mm

G string height at bridge

12mm

E string height at bridge

12mm

12th fret to bottom string (Action)

1.5mm

12th fret to top string (Action)

1.75mm

Width of fretboard at nut

31mm

Width of fretboard at widest point

40mm

Gigbag

I have a gigbag that fits it @ 35 euros