Eastman Mandocello Repair

A friend brought this mandocello in rough shape. He had purchased it at an estate sale in its damaged condition.


It had a significant crack on the side.


Before I started the glue job, I loosened the strings a lot so they would not add extra stress to the joint.


I got a few syringes on eBay and filled them with glue.


I carefully injected glue into the cracks.


I used some DIY spool clamps that I made last year to keep the joint together.


After the glue dried, I sprayed two coat of nitrocellulose lacquer over the joint to seal everything up.

Even though this mandocello got a battle scar, it is still a gorgeous instrument.


This was my first chance to play a mandocello.  They are really cool sounding instrument that would be a great addition to any folk ensemble.



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