Just recently another batch of local repairs were handed off to me for fixing and the owner of said repairs and I agreed to do a bit of horse trading to get them done. This Colombian tiple (a genuine, originally-12-string, 4 course, tenor-guitar-scale South American-variety tiple) was one of the ones I was taking in trade and I decided to quickly put it to use by converting it to an octave mandolin (GDAE low to high an . I'd initially strung it up with nylon strings and liked the sound but after sleeping on it I reprofiled the saddle and popped a set of steel on. Boy am I happy I did -- big, loud, saucy, vibrant -- that's how I'm talking about the sound now.
Aside from the mods to the bridge, nut, and tuners the only structural work really needing to get done was to shore up one major unrepaired top crack and fill-in and pretty-up some of the already-cleated cracks that are all over the instrument.