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    Hi all, this is my banjolim (as we call it in portuguese). It is like a mandolin but with a banjo outfit, tuning is the same as a mandolin (GDAE) and now it has a new strap (my Christmas gift for it).

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    Very common in the US as banjo-mandolin or mandolin-banjo. Was yours made in Portugal?
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    Very nice. I've been curious about these but have never seen one to try out.

    How does that neck joint work? Most banjo/mandolins I've seen on elderly or Bernunzio's websites or in classifieds/reverb are conventional 10 or 11 inch pots with a conventional banjo construction neck (either dowel stick or coord rods) to give it the right scale length.

    This whyte ladyie (a tonering i really like) seems to have a slightly negative neck angle vs the 3 degrees or so that's common on regular scale banjos: https://www.elderly.com/catalog/prod...category/1097/
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    This is made by APC, a portuguese company. It has a bit of a muffled sound if you compare it to a mandolin but you can have some "banjo vibes" with it as well.Click image for larger version. 

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    I actually like these insturments very much. One day I might get one. I had one i was interested in a shop in Melbourne, but the owner couldn't remember if it was the one that had been left for repair or not (!). As I understand it, a banjolin has 4 strings and a mandolin-banjo has 8.

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    ... but the owner couldn't remember if it was the one that had been left for repair or not (!)
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    Hmmm, not a good sign. Please remind me never to leave my 1923 trapdoor MB-1 there for repair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhergert View Post
    Hmmm, not a good sign. Please remind me never to leave my 1923 trapdoor MB-1 there for repair.

    Normally, if I browse in a shop I'll buy a pick, or some strings, or some little token.

    In this case I didn't...
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    I think we call the 4 string one a banjolele, like George used to play :



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    There is a special place in Hell for these instruments, but they have their charms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonZ View Post
    There is a special place in Hell for these instruments, but they have their charms.
    Charms that can be observed from quite a distance, indeed. Shall I mention my own damnation? I'm damned twice. Both are Gretschs from about a century ago: a banjo-mandolin, inherited, and a banjo-'uke, lawfully acquired. The first led me into the sin of mandolin playing. The 'uke, strung re-entrant, has a nice ringing sound without *too* much frightening of the wildlife. But dare I appear in public with either?

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