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8. German luteback mandriola/mandolino conversion  @  200 euros

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Old German lute-backed mndriola

This is an old, German lute-backed mandriola, probably from the mid 20th century. I have converted it into a an earlier 6-string mandolino. There is a label which says…

Meinel & Herold


Klingenthal S.A.

 As this instrument was very hard to string as a mandriola, 3 strings to each string peg, I decided to convert it into a 6 string mandolino... tuned gdAEBG.  

The top is sound with 2 shrinkage repairs. It has a 13 rib stained maple lute back with NO repairs. It has the original fingerboard in ebony, with re-levelled brass frets. The tuners have been replaced with pegs. The saddle and nut are new and bone.  It retains the original finish except for the top, which is finished in tru-oil. It is now playing well with a light, bright sound with nylgut strings. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) levelled the original frets; 2) replaced the tuners with pegs; 3) re-drilled the bridge holes to take 6 instead of 3 bridge pins; 4) altered the bridge to provide a good playing action with new bone saddle; 5) restained and finished the top with tru-oil; 6) fitted a new bone nut; and 7) restrung with nylgut strings.


Mandriola Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandriola


Width of mandriola at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandriola

100mm at bridge.


Finish is in fairly good condition. Top refinished with tru-oil.

Belly wood

Good quality, book-matched, spruce top with 2 repairs. Re-stained and finished with tru-oil.

Scratch plate


Sound hole

Round hole, approx. 65mm. With carved decoration.

Back and sides

13-piece, stained maple, lute-back & clasp, and sides.

Neck and Head

Single-piece, slotted head and neck in good condition. An old stable repair to the head top. 


Ebony with 18 relevelled brass frets. MOP position markers at 5, 7, and12.

Machine heads

Original tuners replaced with 6 ebony pegs.




Slightly adapted and height lowered. 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 re-conditioned bowl-back cases available for purchase, as well as gigbags.