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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandobar View Post
    Jim, you should have told her it was for research. I had five GBOMs until recently. I traded one for a Smart mandola. I miss the octave but love that mandola.
    Thanks Mary, whenever I feel bad about having too many instruments you make me feel ok about it again! Lol

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    Jim, you should have told her it was for research. I had five GBOMs until recently. I traded one for a Smart mandola. I miss the octave but love that mandola.
    Have we seen this mandola, Mary? Lawrence sure makes a beauty, and his mandolas are played by some of the best in the business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pheffernan View Post
    Have we seen this mandola, Mary? Lawrence sure makes a beauty, and his mandolas are played by some of the best in the business.
    Not sure. Probably not. This is actually the mandola that Larry had kept for himself.
    There's nothing better than first-hand experience.

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    Thanks Mary, whenever I feel bad about having too many instruments you make me feel ok about it again! Lol

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    Here's video of Lawrence Smart octave mandolin:



    It might be not really representative example since bottom strings appear to be tuned in octaves rather than unisons. But it looks like the body size is somewhere close to 0-style guitar, and I like the sound - it's something like more punchy tenor guitar, not that much zing

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    I think Austin Clark deserves a shout out for his archtop octave mandolins, 20.25" scale length. I don't really know what I'm doing on one, but I've tried his at a couple festivals and they got my juices flowing for sure.

    http://www.clarkmandolins.com/octave-mandolins.html

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