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    Re: Down the Tenor Rabbit Hole... (Help)

    It probably depends a lot on the individual instrument as far as which one will give you the sound you want in octave versus tenor tuning. Here's a video link to a Gibson TG-00 tuned down to an A...
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    Re: Tenor Guitar Gallery & Sightings

    Woody's guitar.
  3. Re: Larson Harp Mandolin on Antiques Road Show

    I thought the guy was way too harsh on the Larson mandolin. He said that they are largely decorative, and no one would buy it for the sound. I've played a couple of these that sounded great, and...
  4. 1902 Luigi Embergher Soloist Model Number 5 Mandolin

    A vintage Embergher Soloist is sort of the cat's meow when it comes to bowl back mandolins, and I have an example from 1902 that needs restoration work. Does anyone here have a suggestion for who...
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    Re: Mandocello History ?

    If you interested in seeing photographs, descriptions, short histories and physical measurements of various vintage mandocellos by a number of different makers, you might check out my book, Vintage...
  6. Re: 1904 Vinaccia Liuto Cantabile (mandocello/octave mandola)

    I notice that in Mandolin Memories, Adelstein calls Raffaele Calace "the greatest luteist in the world". I would have loved to hear those two jam!

    www.vintagefrettedinstruments.com
  7. Re: 1904 Vinaccia Liuto Cantabile (mandocello/octave mandola)

    There are actually two pieces both by Raffaele Calace, Piccolo Serenata Opus 115 at 3:50 and Barcarola Opus 116 at 8:18. Calace wrote a lot of music for solo liuto cantabile, some of it very...
  8. Re: 1904 Vinaccia Liuto Cantabile (mandocello/octave mandola)

    Thanks for your kind words. My purpose in the videos and my book is to try to share the instruments as best as I can with folks who might never get the chance to check out the instruments first hand...
  9. 1904 Vinaccia Liuto Cantabile (mandocello/octave mandola)

    I decided to post a video playing a 1904 Vinaccia Liuto Cantabile, five pairs of strings tuned CGDAE, 23 flamed maple ribs, 22 1/2" scale length, set up with Thomastik strings.
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  10. Bach Cello Suite 3 (played on 1916 Gibson K4 Mandocello)

    I decided to make a video of the complete Bach Cello Suite No. 3. C major is obviously a great key for mandocello and even without the bowing patterns and vibrato of an actual cello, it’s still a...
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    Re: circa 1890 Henry C. Dobson Banjo

    some photos too...
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    circa 1890 Henry C. Dobson Banjo

    This week’s unusual instrument is a circa 1890 Henry C. Dobson Banjo with a small 9” head and short 22 ¼” scale length. This banjo is equipped with Dobson’s classic doughnut shaped tone ring, bar...
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    Re: circa 1920 Stahl Mandocello

    some photos too...
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    circa 1920 Stahl Mandocello

    This week’s unusual instrument is a circa 1920 Stahl Mandocello built by the Larson Brothers in Chicago. In the video I mistakenly state that the scale length is 24 ¼” However, the scale length is...
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    Re: circa 1895 Luscomb Banjeaurine

    some photos too...

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    circa 1895 Luscomb Banjeaurine

    This week’s unusual instrument is a circa 1895 Luscomb Banjeaurine. This banjo has a metal rim with a wooden tone ring. It has a short scale length of 19 ½” and is tuned a fourth higher (C5, F3,...
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    1916 Gibson K4 Mandocello

    This week’s unusual instrument is a 1916 Gibson K4 Mandocello. This is an exceptionally fine sounding and playing example with a 24 ¾ scale length, no truss rod and Handel tuners. For some reason...
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    Re: 1996 Jesús Bellido Laud

    That makes sense...maybe the name was derived from the middle eastern oud.
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    1996 Jesús Bellido Laud

    This week’s unusual instrument is 1996 Jesús Bellido Laud, a Spanish folk instrument made in Granada by the son of celebrated guitar maker, Manuel Bellido. The laud has a 20 5/8” scale length and six...
  20. Re: circa 1934 Prairie State (Larson Brothers) Four String Guitar

    Some images of the laminated bracing and internal metal rods on the Prairie State...
  21. Re: c1910 Fairbanks Vega Whyte Laydie No. 2 Banjorine (banjeaurin

    Photos of a Whyte Laydie's electric tone ring...

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  22. circa 1934 Prairie State (Larson Brothers) Four String Guitar

    This week's unusual instrument is a c1934 Prairie State (Larson Brothers) Four String Guitar. 25 ¼” scale length could be tuned as a plectrum, tenor or like the bottom four strings of a regular...
  23. c1910 Fairbanks Vega Whyte Laydie No. 2 Banjorine (banjeaurine)

    This week's unusual instrument is a circa 1910 Fairbanks Vega Whyte Laydie No. 2 Banjorine. Vega used the spelling "banjorine" while SS Stewart who is credited with developing the instrument spelled...
  24. Re: circa 1928 National Style 1 Tricone Plectrum Guitar

    some photos too...
  25. circa 1928 National Style 1 Tricone Plectrum Guitar

    This week’s unusual instrument is a circa 1928 National Style 1 Tricone Plectrum Guitar, 26 7/8” scale length, plectrum tuning (CGBD), laminated neck. Excellent player, loud with good tone.
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