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  1. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    And there was also the 5 course liuto cantabile:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liuto_cantabile

    'tuned CC-GG-dd-aa-e'e'."

    Includes the octave mandolin AND mandocello ranges.
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  2. Re: "banjo-mandolin" and "nice sounding": an oxymoron?

    An interesting option is a cumbus banjo mandolin. They have a strange resonance with their spun aluminum closed back and are full sounding but not so piercing as typical banjo mandolin family...
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    Re: The latest in plectrum technology.....

    Not for me!
  4. More wonderful music from the Israeli mandolin...

    More wonderful music from the Israeli mandolin masters!
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    Re: Milanese / Lombardic mandolin

    It's just another form of Italian mandolin - a sort of miniature lute holdover, related to the smaller size lutes of ages past; thus the guitar connection - six single courses - looks obvious, but...
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    Re: Italian Mandolin music being forgotten ???

    I think the first is Speranze perdute:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/61564-Speranze-Perdute
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    Re: Pick orientation to strings

    One can use different pick angles for different musical effects. Violinists change the part of the bow and how the bow is used depending on the musical need - so should mandolin players alter their...
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    Re: Help with identifying old bowlback mandolin

    I agree with Nick - the 10-38 set is just a bit too heavy. the 9's are what I'd use too.
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    Re: Transposing Notes

    Technically, any musical instrument is classified as a "C" instrument when you play the note fingered as C and the actual pitch is C.

    Thus mandolin, violin, etc. are C instruments.

    A Bb...
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    Re: Djillali Djerdi

    It looks like a 5 course mandol with a few added quarter tone frets. It's often played in Algeria.
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    Re: Transposing Notes

    Well, I have tuned a mandolin down to the key of Bb (which is what you get when tuned FCGD) to read clarinet music duets.

    Many Cajun fiddlers tune down to play with C accordions using their fiddle...
  12. Re: Identification of roundback mandolin with star & moon inlay

    Yes, fabric or paper is common.
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    Re: Celtic Mando vs Bandolim

    You remember correctly - like I said, the Brazilian bandolim is usually of a lighter build design.
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    Re: Celtic Mando vs Bandolim

    The so-called "Celtic" mandolins I have seen are usually much heavier built and strung than the bandolims I have played. yes the body shape is similar but the construction varies.
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    Re: Blind test of 6 different bowlbacks

    That's a tough one - they all sound good to my ears. I would need to have the volume differences included to make a decision, although I understand why they volumes are all normalized.
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    Re: Really good tremelo exercises?

    That could also depend on style and which mandolin school you are most influenced by. I grew up Italian-American. It's hard to have too much tremolo except when playing out-of-genre! like ITM.
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    Re: Pick Noise, pointy vs rounded, etc.

    The rounded picks don't seem to "pluck" the string as much as a pointed one. I prefer the feel of plucking the string. Also the smaller pointed tip allows for more precision and control over the...
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    Re: 'Mermaid' Charango

    Did you see the side view of the neck and how high the action is?
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    Re: Do you name your instruments?

    Nope, never have given any instrument a personal name.

    Like some of you, they are called prosaic things like " the Vietnamese mandolin", the ES-175", "the black acoustic".
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    Re: My latest oud, completed today :)

    Yes that's the right neck length for an oud. The lavta has a neck that joins the body at the octave and has many frets.




    Interesting - a combo! I have a Moroccan oud that is Arabic in build...
  21. Re: Is The Note On The 5th Fret Of Your Mando’s “A” String a “D”?

    Sorry. I assumed it was the usual attempt to "sweeten" tunings. I had no idea there was an effort to make a guitar match a piano.

    That may not work so well, as a piano has the outside octaves...
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    Re: bVII—IV—I (NMC)

    "Sweet Home Alabama" seems to be in G, as far as I hear it.
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    Re: My latest oud, completed today :)

    Arabic or turkish scale?

    Nice!
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    Re: Finger style Mandolin

    Is he still using a thumbpick sort of thing for duet style? He sure was good at it when i heard him.
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    Re: Old-time on Dotara (Indian Lute)

    That's what I was hoping for, thanks!
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