Re: Zouk to Cello tunning?
1. If what you have is the $400 Luna model, I wouldn't try adding to the tension.
Originally Posted by Revrebel
2. Laminated back and sides aren't the problem. Actually, you might be better off with a laminated top instrument, since a plywood top is (generally) stiffer than a solid-wood top. Doesn't sound as good, but is more durable.
3. If you over-tensioned the instrument, the most probable immediate effect is that the top would cave in. A neck bow would be a secondary, longer-term type of damage. The tailpiece might tear loose, which would be good, since it would preclude further body damage.
4. Mandocello strings would be of different diameters than the bouzouki strings for which your Luna was designed, so re-slotting the bridge saddle and nut would also have to be considered.
5. Scale length on your Luna is longer than a Gibson mandocello, by about 1.5 inches, so you'd have to tighten mandocello strings even more to bring them to CGDA. Another recipe for body damage...
In the end, you can try it and see, but "getting crazy" with the Luna may mean some serious damage. What about going to a lower, but not fully mandocello tuning, by slackening the strings your instrument has -- say, EBF#C#? You'll get a loose, "floppy" feel, but you could get some idea of what the instrument would sound like...
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