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    At least the instructor in the video is right twice on each string!

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    Three times if you count the tritone, still not a great success rate.
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    That just proves that one should never do bong hits before recording an "instructional video".
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    A bunch of stuff with four strings

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    Never seen a backwards fret job.

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    Y'all are overlooking an important advantage... Acccording to the seller:

    "There is no fret wear."

    Imagine that! "No fret wear", almost like it's brand new & never been played, hmm I wonder what could possibly be the reason for that?

    Seller further states:

    "...would play perfectly with a fret level."

    Oh, well heck if that is all it needs to "play perfectly", someone better buy it quick, wouldn't want to let such a golden opportunity get away.

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    It might be fun to learn some weird fingering to get just one (specially chosen) tune out of it, then hand it to someone else to play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobalt View Post
    It might be fun to learn some weird fingering to get just one (specially chosen) tune out of it, then hand it to someone else to play.

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    I can now safely relinquish my long-held title of 'World's Most Useless Mandolin Player' . . . that 'instructor' has me beat my a mile!

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    Time to bring another oddball instrument to this lovely thread. This on French eBay. The French are especially creative in the oddity department, the most famous of which are the Gelas instruments. This one is by a German who lives on the French border and had some interesting ideas. This is his fretted 6-string version. According to the seller, "These came in several varieties – some had six strings, others eight, some with frets, others unfretted. He called the unfretted versions Violins and the fretted type Mandolin Violins."
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    I found the site that had the photo of Engelbert and his wife playing plus the catalog page for these instruments. There are other variants on the wall behind them. He plays the 8-string violin version and his wife the mandolin.

    He is listed in my Henley violin book as only "Resident at Völklingen (Saar). 1924."
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    Somebody must already have made the point that F styles must have been out of the world oddities when they first appeared.

    Yeah, I didn't read the entire thread

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    The idea lives on: Grand concert mandolin by Brian Dean:
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