View Full Version : Want to hear an Ovation MM68/Solidbody 5 string?

Jan-28-2005, 7:04pm
There have been lots of requests about what these sound like, especially in a live context..

Emando.com's got a lot of good information on Brazilian emando, and I wanted to make sure you folks at MC don't miss it.. In particular, there's a page on the "King of Bandolim" in Brazil, Armandinho.

On that page, there's a link to him playing at the Kennedy Center along with a group called the "Tucan Trio" (flute/percussion/guitar). He plays an Ovation MM68 for most of the performance, but switches to a 5 string electric (in Brazil, this is called a Bahian Guitar) for one tune. Amazing stuff - kind of Choro meets Yngwie Malmsteen.. Complete with fingerboard tapping and whammy bar..

As I told Martin, TEKNO SCHMEKNO - this is the real deal! Thanks to Martin for emando.com; what a great resource!

LINK (http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/artist_detail.cfm?artist_id=MACEDOARMA)

Technical note: you'll probably need broadband to see it. Oh, and I think the trio plays a couple of tunes before Armandinho appears, so you might want to FF it a bit if you're only interested in the mando parts.

Jan-28-2005, 8:55pm
Oh yeah, don't view it if you're Bandana-incompatible. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Jan-29-2005, 11:18am
thanks for the link....talented player, I really havent heard the mando used in that context before

Ted Eschliman
Jan-29-2005, 11:54am
As one who suffers the perpetual slings and arrows of outrageous criticism for my endearment to the Ovation MM68, this is a graphic example of how will this ax works...
Among the aforementioned Armandinho, include John Jorgenson, J'anna Jacoby (Rod Stewart's mandolinist), and Matt Smith as legitimate, high-profile testimonies to the acoustic merits of this ax. It really is the ultimate stage mandolin in high decibel environments.