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18.  Rare German bowlback mndriola (480)  @ £140 
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Old German bowlback mandriola

This is an old, German mandriola, probably from the early to mid 20th century. It is quite difficult to find bowlback mandriolas, hence the price.....It is in good condition after restoration. There is no label or top-stamp…

The top is sound with 1 small repair. It has a superb 29-piece bowl back in good condition. It has the original fingerboard in rosewood set on a shim, with re-levelled german silver bar frets. The tuners are originals, but one is evidently an old replacement. The bridge and tailpiece are new. It has been refinished throughout with Tru-oil. It is now playing well with a strong, bright, rounded sound with good volume and sustain. It has an easy playing action, though playing a triple course instrument requires a little practice.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired a little damage to the top left of f/b; 2) reset the original f/b on a shim, 3) levelled and dressed the frets; 4) repaired slight damage to the clasp; 5) refinsihed throughout with Tru-oil; 6) fitted a new nut, bridge and tailpiece and 7) restrung with Pyramid silver-wound mandriola strings.



Mandriola Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandriola


Width of mandriola at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandriola

150mm at bridge.


Refinished throughout with Tru-oil varnish.

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched, spruce top with 1 small repair.

Scratch plate

Good condition

Sound hole

approx. 70 x 40mm.

Back and sides

29 rib rosewood bowl, tulipwood sides. Small repair where clasp was damaged.

Neck and Head

Veneered slotted head and neck in good condition.


Rosewood with 17 relevelled 'German silver' frets. Set on a shim to aid playability.

Machine heads

Steel and brass tuners with original buttons. One is evidently an old replacement..... All working.


New, 8 string hooks and detachable sleeve guard.


New rosewood and bone compensated bridge.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 332mm

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



I have some re-conditioned bowl-back cases available for purchase, as well as gigbags.