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    I could be risking a possible personal purchase, but . . . check out a new listing:

    http://www.elderly.com/vintage/items/80U-1920.htm

    Just saw this at Elderly. As a guitar and mandolin player, who loves a recently-purchased Martin tenor, this looks kind of interesting [right down to the John Pearce armrest - who would need one on such a small instrument??]. Never seen one like it before . . . !

    Anyone know more about this/care to comment?

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    Don't know anything about it...but that would sure be fun to play around with.
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    Why? Why show us things like this? You know we all have too many instruments and dwindling resources and yet we keep drooling over ANYthing remotely interesting?

    I'm so screwed.

    Thanks. Thanks a lot.
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    In practice, this is a guitar-shaped 'zouk, isn't it?
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    PCy: I'll 2nd that!!
    Ken: I share your pain . . . !!
    glauber: Given the tuning (CGDA), isn't it more like a mandola?

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    Quote Originally Posted by (scgc.om @ April 18 2005, 14:38)
    glauber: Given the tuning (CGDA), isn't it more like a mandola?
    Tuning-wise, yes, but it seems to have octave courses (judging by string thickness). I didn't see any tuning in the Elderly site, so i thought it was tuned like an octave mandolin (GDAE).



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    The double course Martin tenor may be based on Nick Reynold's O-18 tenor he had converted to an 8 string while playing with the Kingston Trio. #In some of the publicity photos from the late '50's, you'll see Nick w/ a double course 0-18 tenor that he had the Martin company convert from a 4 string to an 8 string. #He didn't do this for any type of mandolin effect--my understanding is that he did that to increase volume. #It's possible that this Martin double course tenor may be have been made toward the end of the folk era due to that influence. #Reynold's tuned his in standard tenor tuning (C-G-D-A).

    I just recently got an 1930 Martin 0-18 tenor that I'm told belonged to Grisman before me. #Fantastic instrument. #

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    I just checked Elderly's website . . . . Looks like temptation has passed - the 8 string Martin tenor is no longer listed. Sure sold quickly! [wonder who bought it? anyone here? wonder what it sounds like??!!]

    Feel like I dodged a GAS moment!!

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    I have done that conversion on a few Martin tenors, it's a natural. I sure wouldn't liken it to a bouzouki in any sense though. Real bouzoukis have a 26+"scale and are tuned CFAD, a step below a regular guitar's top four strings. Tenor guitars are meant to be tuned way higher: CGDA, the same as a viola or tenor banjo. Most people tune these double-strung things GDAE, an octave below a mandolin, and the proper term would be octave or tenor mandolin.

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