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    Default A project H2 mandola: decent in front, horror show in the back

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    Default Re: A project H2 mandola: decent in front, horror show in the bac

    I've seen a lot worse.
    That instrument is repairable. How much work it would take depends on what kind of glue was used in the previous "repair" attempt[s].

    If it came to me, I'd pull the back and clean up the glueing surface on the sides. Half a millimeter might be lost in the depth of the sides getting the surface flat and square, but if done well any loss of depth won't be noticeable and won't compromise the sound of the instrument. Do a good job on that, along with pulling the instrument back into shape and re-glueing the back, re-bind, and install a new heel cap, and most of the ugliness will go away. The heel crack is the most worrisome thing-- if there's any glue in there, it will have to be cleaned out. The neck might or might not have to be pulled to execute that part of the repair.

    A fair amount of work, but do-able.

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    It might be worth taking on as a project if the price doesn't go any higher. What do you think is going on with the pickguard?
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    Default Re: A project H2 mandola: decent in front, horror show in the bac

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    ...What do you think is going on with the pickguard?
    That right there is a bit of customization.
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    Default Re: A project H2 mandola: decent in front, horror show in the bac

    I think the pickguard may have nothing more offensive than paint around the edge which would come off with a little chrome cleaner and a bit of elbow grease.

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    Default Re: A project H2 mandola: decent in front, horror show in the bac

    It might very well be paint.
    Any potential bidders should note that there is a 12% buyer's premium . . .

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