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18.  German domeback mndriola (518)  @ £120 
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Old German mandriola

This is an old, German mandriola, probably from the mid 20th century. It is in good condition after restoration. There is no label…

The top is sound with 1 repair. It has a 7-piece domed back with NO seam repairs. It has the original fingerboard in rosewood, with re-levelled original brass frets. The tuners and bridge are originals. It has been refinished throughout with Tru-oil. It is now playing well with a light, bright sound with fair 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) levelled the original frets; 2) repaired shrinkage crack in the top; 3) re-finished throughout with Tru-oil; 4) removed most or a warp either side of the sound hole, and re-enforced beneath; 5) repaired a split in one side; and 6) restrung as an octave mandriola




Mandriola Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandriola


Width of mandriola at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandriola

110mm at bridge.


Refinished throughout with Tru-oil varnish.

Belly wood

Good quality, book-matched, spruce top with 1 shrinkage repair, just left of bridge.

Scratch plate

Composite, lots of MOP, good condition

Sound hole

Ovaloid approx. 60 x 40mm.

Back and sides

7-pieced, stained maple, dome-back, and sides.

Neck and Head

Single-piece, slotted head and neck in good condition.


Rosewood with 18 relevelled brass frets. markers at 3, 5, 7, and 12.

Machine heads

Original steel and brass tuners with original buttons. All working but some stiff, recommend string winder.


New with 8 string hooks and removable arm guard.


Original compensated bridge.

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



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