Mandolins For Sale
|16. Old German mandolin (682) @ 150 euros|
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Old un-named German an bowl-back mandolin
This is an old, long scale, large bowl, German-built mandolin, in good condition after restoration. There is no makers label or stamp, but this is common in mandolins produced in the old communist E. Germany.....
This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with 2 shrinkage repairs. It has a superb 24-piece flamed maple bowl back with no repair. It has the original domed rosewood fingerboard and re-levelled brass frets. The tuners and tail are originals, the rosewood bridge new. It has been refinished throughout but with shellac and Tru-oil. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a bright ringing sound with good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.
Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired a split in the top; 2) made and fitted a new arm guard; 3) refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil varnish; 4) replace the missing head decoration; 5) levelled the original frets; 6) repaired a split in the head; and 7) strung and set up.