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    I am a luthier specialising in historical and world stringed instruments. You can see more info at my website.

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    Default Re: My latest build: A Mandocello/Liuto Cantabile/Cittern hybrid

    Another interesting and unique creation, Jo. You produce such fine instruments.
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    Default Re: My latest build: A Mandocello/Liuto Cantabile/Cittern hybrid

    Beautiful soundhole work and a lovely instrument. Can we hear some of your creations?
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    Default Re: My latest build: A Mandocello/Liuto Cantabile/Cittern hybrid

    Another beautiful instrument from your hands. Is it tuned C-G-D-A-E?

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    Thanks everyone for your kind words.

    Quote Originally Posted by billhay4 View Post
    Beautiful soundhole work and a lovely instrument. Can we hear some of your creations?
    Bill
    You can see and hear a lot of video and sound samples of my instruments on my website https://www.dusepo.co.uk and my youtube https://www.youtube.com/c/JoDusepo. I will record a sound sample of this instrument this weekend before it gets shipped off to the customer next week, and new videos get posted on my youtube every Thursday, so it should be up there then.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheMandoKit View Post
    Another beautiful instrument from your hands. Is it tuned C-G-D-A-E?
    Yep! A mandocello and octave mandola in one, just like a liuto cantabile.
    I am a luthier specialising in historical and world stringed instruments. You can see more info at my website.

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    Interesting and attractive piece! Is the customer going to use it in any particular genre? I like the fretboard stripe echoing the natural soundboard one, and the lacy rosette - looks way too delicate for woodcarving - so is it?

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    I always enjoy seeing your latest projects. I have always been impressed with your builds and especially the rosette details.

    Fantastic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard500 View Post
    Interesting and attractive piece! Is the customer going to use it in any particular genre? I like the fretboard stripe echoing the natural soundboard one, and the lacy rosette - looks way too delicate for woodcarving - so is it?
    That's more a question for the customer themselves! If they choose to reveal themselves here, you can ask. My understanding is for classical music mainly.
    The soundhole rose is wooden, yes.
    I am a luthier specialising in historical and world stringed instruments. You can see more info at my website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusepo View Post
    The soundhole rose is wooden, yes.
    WOW!

    So intricate, and so beautiful!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusepo View Post
    That's more a question for the customer themselves! If they choose to reveal themselves here, you can ask. My understanding is for classical music mainly.
    The soundhole rose is wooden, yes.
    It's MINE! All mine!
    I choose to reveal myself, and I appreciate your professional online privacy-courtesy Jo.
    I play classical mandocello in the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra on a 1912 Gibson K4. I study with Fabio Giudice who is a master of the liuto cantabile and Calace scholar. I am thrilled to see my new beautiful 10 string, and asked Jo to go ahead and record something on it before shipping. Jo was very good about working with me about specific details including that rose soundhole. This will be my first custom made instrument.
    I am right now at the Classical Mandolin Society Convention in Kalamazoo Michigan (home of Gibson and "birthplace of the modern mandolin") and showed these pictures to a roomfull of 17 mandocello players and our section leader Florian Klaus Rumpf of Hamburg. Everyone was impressed, some took Jo's name for possible future orders, and Florian wants me to send him a sound sample as soon as I get it in hand. I will be home tomorrow and will deal with final payment and shipping (to Oregon) and I CAN'T WAIT!!
    I promise to work something up to post soon, but I won't neglect my K4. I will be attending the local MAARG (mandolin acquisition addiction recovery group) session, but it probably won't do me any good.
    Thank you Jo!
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    p.s. I also play bluegrass, fiddle tunes, and Americana on a Stiver F5, and I wonder what my Bill Monroe-worshiping friends will think of this.
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    Lovely instrument, I keep think about one of these, what scale length and string gauges did you use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by derbex View Post
    Lovely instrument, I keep think about one of these, what scale length and string gauges did you use?
    Scale length of 60cm. The strings are light gauge D'Addario mandocello strings plus a couple of singles for the high E. Customer wanted light gauge to start with the possibility of increasing to heavier later.

    Here's a sound and video sample:

    I am a luthier specialising in historical and world stringed instruments. You can see more info at my website.

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    Beautiful; Can't wait to get this in my hands and figure out just how to play it! I will post a follow-up video, but will probably need a little time to get used to the 5th string course. THANK YOU for your work on this Jo, hope it arrives soon.
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