Mandola

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Antique Bowl-backed Mandola

An antique bowl-backed Mandola fully restored to playable condition. Although there's no indication who made the instrument it is most likely to be of German origin as marquetry inlaid pickguard was very popular way of ornamenting instruments there. The age of Mandola is estimated to be around 90 years old with anything between 1920's-30's

In brief, Mandola is bigger sister of mandolin with tuning CGDA with body usually larger around 10-15cm (total length) than mandolin. As mandola wasn't as popular as mandolin they are rarely available and hard to find therefore it was a pleasure bringing it back to life.

 

Approximate measurements are as follows:

 

- total length 73cm

- body width 24.5cm

- from nut to 12th fret 215mm (total scale length 430mm)

  • Neck width at nut is 31.5mm, at 10th fret 42mm

Mandola
Mandola
Mandola
Mandola
Mandola

Antique Bowl-backed Mandola

Dreima*

*Dreima - E.A. Dreier aus Markneukirchen - Musikinstrumenten-Bestandteile-Fabrik

 

An antique bowl-backed Mandola fully restored to playable condition. The instrument doesn't have a label and the brand named on engraving on tailpiece - Dreima was a Music Instrument Hardware Factory based in Markneukirchen - Mentioned in the World Addressbook 1926 and 1930.

The Mandola is made in style of Embergher mandolins which was a popular style that German makers had often copied. The age of Mandola is estimated to be around 90 years old with anything between 1920's-30's

As it's original old appearance has good aesthetic value I've retained it's antique look as much as possible – original finish has been lightly cleaned and covered with a thin layer of new finish to re-fresh the surface. This way instrument can be enjoyed with antique look while fully playable.

 

Mandola is fitted with new set of strings – D'addario set EJS74
 

Instrument dimensions are as follows:

- total length 72cm

- body width 24cm

- from nut to 12th fret 198.5mm (total scale length 397mm)

  • Neck width at nut is 34mm, at 10th fret 42.8mm

Mandola
Mandola
Mandola
Mandola
Mandola

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Photo by Monika Karpiej, Manchester United Kingdom 2017

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