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    Just purchased this yesterday. Absolutely loving it. Lots to learn. I've played guitar for around 45 years, Mandolin for over 20 & some recent tinkering w/octave. This is a five course instrument that can double as a mandocello & octave mandolin.

    Beautiful instrument (visually and sound). Ralph Dammann was kind enough to show my wife and me around their shop and showroom. Very patient in letting me tinker with so many wonderful instruments! (which to chose!?!?!?).

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    Any pointers on tunes to learn/techniques? Looking at the Bach Cello Suite, although my ability to read bass clef is weak. Found a treble clef transposition for flute, but its about an octave high. Will probably keep looking/maybe push myself to learn bass clef.

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    Default Re: New Mandocello from Dammann Musical Instruments

    Cool looking instrument. Does it have a sound port on the side?

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    Yes, sound port on side & built in electronics. I tried both ones with the side port & soundboard hole. slightly preferred the sound of this one. All are fantastic instruments. They do great work!

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    Damn, man! Thatís a cool cello!!

    Looks like it would be very versatile for a lot of situations...

    I had a cello/octave and a tenor guitar that I eventually just strung in GDAE... Maybe thatís weak, but I had to sight-read at speed to play with certain groups, and the other clefs were really stressing me out...

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    Me tinkering around (apologies, just bought it and was just responding to a similar request). Hoping to learn more!

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    Will see what I can do...

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    OK, that works.
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    Default Re: New Mandocello from Dammann Musical Instruments

    Sounds fabulous, Mike! A new instrument is an exciting thing, especially a brand new one! You're inspiring me to get out the Gold Tone and try out some Bach. The string hopping on that one really challenges me.
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    Sounds Beautiful, that's a keeper !

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    Hey Mitch,

    Good to hear from you. This thing's terrific. I have a gold tone octave that I'm going to want to sell. It will need some work on the intonation. Was thinking of putting it up on commission at Stacy's. Before I do that, do you know of anyone who might be interested.

    The Bach stuff is interesting to me on two accounts: 1. I can't read bass clef to save my life (that will be a project), and 2. as you mentioned, the arpeggios, string hopping will force me to get more disciplined about the down up down up stuff!

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    Default Re: New Mandocello from Dammann Musical Instruments

    Would it be more accurate to call that a cittern, since it has 5 courses? I assume it’s tuned CGDAE? What’s the scale length?
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    Default Re: New Mandocello from Dammann Musical Instruments

    Quote Originally Posted by multidon View Post
    Would it be more accurate to call that a cittern, since it has 5 courses? I assume itís tuned CGDAE? Whatís the scale length?
    That's possible. I've run into some similar comments. Technically, it does fall into the same definition of citterns. In this case, Ralph Dammann named it a mandocello. Not sure why he didn't market it as a Cittern? Perhaps he thought it easier to understand as a Mandocello.

    Regardless, I'm enjoying it!

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    If you decided to call it a Liuto Cantabile you could use the Calace method available free from here http://www.federmandolino.it/htm/spartiti_calace.htm

    Still in CGDAE it has a series of exercises, I think there is also a book of tunes on that page.
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    Default Re: New Mandocello from Dammann Musical Instruments

    Congratulations, very nice! If you read treble clef, it won't take long to become accustomed to bass clef. Dive in!

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    Default Re: New Mandocello from Dammann Musical Instruments

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Neverisky View Post
    Congratulations, very nice! If you read treble clef, it won't take long to become accustomed to bass clef. Dive in!
    Thanks. Slowly getting there, although I need to frequently remind myself that everything is 2 notes away.... Largely through the first page of the prelude for the Bach Sonata for Cello.

    I absolutely love the sound of the instrument & have a growing appreciation for some of the differences in sound & how to use it in different settings. The lower end notes have a really intriguing sound -- pretty unique -- more reminiscent of some of the more modern jazz fretless basses (but not quite).

    What I also wonder is adjustments that would help with technique, left hand, right hand (w/pick) and probably posture. I'd taken some online classes in the past w/Mike Marshall, who was enormously helpful. With this thing, I'm finding far less guidance outside of trying to watch a handful of skilled players on youtube...

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    Default Re: New Mandocello from Dammann Musical Instruments

    Quote Originally Posted by derbex View Post
    If you decided to call it a Liuto Cantabile you could use the Calace method available free from here http://www.federmandolino.it/htm/spartiti_calace.htm

    Still in CGDAE it has a series of exercises, I think there is also a book of tunes on that page.

    Interesting stuff. Now I can add reading Italian to my list of challenges (after bass clef, which I believe may be easier)!

    Thanks!

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    Don't let it put you off, I don't read Italian beyond Cappucino, I just played the notes in the exercises -and probably made some use of Google Translate
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    Nice axe! Just out of curiosity, how is that bridge reinforced? I've heard nothing but good things about Dammann's workmanship, but I'd be so scared of those 10 strings tearing the bridge right off the top. Is there some secret sauce?

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