35. Old German domeback mandolin (663)  120 euros  new
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Old German dome-back mandolin

This is an old, German-built, dome-back mandolin, perhaps from mid to late C20th. It is in excellent condition after restoration. There is no makers label...

This instrument is now fully cleaned and playable. The top is sound with NO repairs. It has a 7-piece domed back in maple and maybe a fruit wood, with 1 seam repair. It has the original fingerboard and relevelled brass frets. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge and tensioner new. It has been refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a good, full sound with good sustain and fair volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows; 1) repaired some damage to the back, 2) relevelled the frets, 3) refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil, and 4) refitted the original bridge with a tensioner; and 5) strung and set up.

Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

120mm at bridge.


Back and front refinished with Tru-oil varnish, replacing old distressed varnish. Elsewhere original.

Belly wood

Book-matched spruce top. Edging and purfling in good repair. No repairs

Scratch plate

Marquetry in good condition.

Sound hole

Oval. 55 x 35mm. Approx.

Back and sides

Maple and fruitwood back, and sides. One seam repair.

Neck and Head

Single piece neck and head in good condition.


All original, 17 original re-levelled frets. Bone nut. Position markers at 5, 7, 10 and 12

Machine heads

Original tuners with original buttons. All working.


Original steel tail, 8 string hooks.


Original bridge refitted.

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)

2.5mm (provisional)

12th fret to bottom of E string (Action)


Width of fretboard at nut


Width of fretboard at widest point


Sleeve guard



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