View Full Version : Now THIS is a Filipino Stringband..

Jul-21-2005, 6:31pm
I've been searching various photoarchives for images of Knutsen instruments, but have also found a lot of stuff relating to my other interest, Filipino mandolinists (Isn't everyone interested in Filipino mandolinists?!!).

Here's just one of the images I found at the University of Iowa's great Library of Traveling Culture..

Ladies and gentleman.. The Filipino Collegians! (http://sdrcdata.lib.uiowa.edu/libsdrc/details.jsp?id=/filipino/2&page=2) ##

The first MCer to correctly identify all the instruments will win a fabulous prize.. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

This is the same database where Scott found the pix of Lloyd Loar's group.. It's a must-search for mando fans - DanB, if you want to see old Gibsons, this is the place.. Tons of old pics in there. (pm me if you want to see my stash of links)


Professor PT
Jul-21-2005, 6:51pm
Look out, ladies! That guy with the banjo is particularly fetching.

Jul-21-2005, 7:12pm
which banjo....I see plenty of good old stuff such as those banjos... banjolin, guitarbanjo, tenor banjo, F4 mandolin, octavina, mandocello, bajo de uñas, guitar and fiddle. I guess this was some kind of ball rondalla before amplification gear ruled out the banjos at fiestas....

mad dawg
Jul-21-2005, 11:12pm
What -- no bandurria?

Jul-22-2005, 1:09am
Well, OK, since you insist..

Here's one, (http://sdrcdata.lib.uiowa.edu/libsdrc/details.jsp?id=/philippine/1&page=2)
and another, (http://sdrcdata.lib.uiowa.edu/libsdrc/details.jsp?id=/filipinov/1&page=2)
and a third.. (http://sdrcdata.lib.uiowa.edu/libsdrc/details.jsp?id=/nepomoceno/1&page=2)

That bass is kind of neat. I wonder if all the mandocellos are tuned in fifths or like lauds.. or something else.. I've heard of a filipino instrument called a "mandola," and somehow I get the feeling it's not like a Western mandola (of either flavor).

Hey, lucho, where do you see the octavina in that first pic? The thing with f-holes looks to me like a six string.. I was hoping it was a Vega cylinder back..

I've found Banjo-bandurrias and Banjo-lauds in other pix too..


Jul-22-2005, 5:10am
Hey Darrel
Thanks for the cool links !
I really dig these old b/w photos.
And glad to know you found something that is "real" Filipino and not just look-a-like.


Jul-22-2005, 1:55pm
No problem, Rene.. BTW if anyone wants pictures of Eastern European stringbands with all sorts of funky mando-bass-like instruments, Hawaiian bands with mandolins, and harp guitarists of all flavors, I got those too. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Jul-24-2005, 5:57am
Oh yes show them please !

Do you have pictures of Black Stringbands (african american )? There have been quite a lot of Blues and Jug Bands in the old days. I would love to see some Blues-Mandolin-Players

Jul-24-2005, 2:34pm
Ok mad dawg, this is not a classical rondalla therefore there is no bandurria in it. Delsbrother, I looked over the larger pics and yes....you are right, the larger octavina like instrument I see in the lower left pic is indeed another steel string guitar built in the octavina fashion..... BTW, there is another no discernible pale top mando on the ground in another pic at the top (next to the banjo and guitars).