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    Trippy!

    Here's something in the same vein: the Guscott electric doubleneck violin.
    https://www.electricviolinshop.com/g...ck-bronze.html
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    Interesting, but I think I'll pass on that one. Something tells me it might not be very comfortable to play.
    I suppose Paganini might have tried such a thing if he encountered one, but after a few performances would probably have gone back to just bringing a violin and viola with him.

    Someone is building combination 6 string/12 string guitars using the same concept. They are calling them "Busuyi," and are available on Reverb.

    What are you building these days?

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    Why not just use a 5 string violin/viola with one neck?

    Interesting, though. thanks

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    Finally a use for a double chin.

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    Brings to mind the "turnover" mandolin-uke from Nicholas Turtorro (and some modern versions) that has been discussed here on a few occasions.

    The soundhole went all the way through it!

    Here is a demo of that from Elderly.



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    yes, but how do you play both as a duet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by brunello97 View Post
    Brings to mind the "turnover" mandolin-uke from Nicholas Turtorro...
    Played one of those once; worst-sounding mandolin and ukulele I've played, as I remember, and the neck fretted on both sides was tres uncomfortable in the hand.

    Still, almost bought one later, out of sheer "I don't have one of those, and they're rare and weird" impulse. From Scott Freilich's old Top Shelf Music in Buffalo –– I used to get an inventory newsletter from him now and then. Scott ended up selling the Turnover to a member of the Turturro family, who wanted to add it to the family collection of ol' Nicholas's instrumental inventions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    Don't know if I'm sorrier that I didn't get it, than I would have been if I did.
    And you can ponder that, as long as you like - all the way to the bank and back, even - with your money still safely in your wallet.

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    I had a Turnover uke. I agree 100% with Allen. I would rather have an apple turnover.
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    I think you'd be better off just wearing both a mando and a uke with straps and switching when you feel like it.

    Wouldn't solve the issue with differences in volume though.

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    So, Jo, do you think you could build a good-sounding one of these? You certainly have some remarkable skills and imaginative design capabilities. Or do you only make fretted instruments?
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    Quote Originally Posted by journeybear View Post
    So, Jo, do you think you could build a good-sounding one of these? You certainly have some remarkable skills and imaginative design capabilities. Or do you only make fretted instruments?
    First of all, thanks for your kind words, I'm flattered. Do I only build fretted instruments? No, not at all, I build a lot of ouds! But bowed instruments, not so often.

    I think I'd need to solve the inherent design issues with such an instrument. The Turnover ukes mentioned above are a perfect example of this - worse than either. The only solution I can see at the moment (not looked deeply into it) would be to simply have a double necked instrument with both necks on the one side, and then the non-played strings could also give a cool sympathetic sound. Or maybe removable soundhole covers?
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    I’ve been doing some weight training recently… playing my doppelgänger.

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