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    Default Giacomel 10 string Mandocello/Octave Mandolin

    My brother is visiting Carter's in Nashville and just sent me pictures of this 10 string fan fret Giacomel Mandocello
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    He says it sounds great but is weird to play the fan frets
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    The sound hole, fanned frets, and extra course really take that one to a new level of psychedelia!
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    Default Re: Giacomel 10 string Mandocello/Octave Mandolin

    Remember that Star Trek movie where there was a horrible transporter accident? Might have been the first one.

    Maybe this 'cello isn't quite that bad, but for my personal taste it takes "being different" a little too far out there. And I've owned some out-there instruments. I do like the fanned frets. There are times I wished my OM had those...

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    Default Re: Giacomel 10 string Mandocello/Octave Mandolin

    I would have preferred they depart entirely from the idea of a scroll, rather than introduce that awful straight line into an otherwise elliptical aesthetic. As a guy with small hands, I could get down with the fanned frets, though. What's the price tag?
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    Default Re: Giacomel 10 string Mandocello/Octave Mandolin

    Quote Originally Posted by thecelloronin View Post
    what's the price tag?
    $14k

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    Default Re: Giacomel 10 string Mandocello/Octave Mandolin

    On second thought, if I had money to burn, I'd probably buy this.

    I always thought that if I ever got a mandocello, it should be a Weber F-style to match my OM. But this one probably sounds good, and there would be a great "WTF" factor if I ever showed up at an Irish session with something like this (with capo 2, for DAEB, which would make it even weirder).

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    Default Re: Giacomel 10 string Mandocello/Octave Mandolin

    Here's the listing in their website
    https://cartervintage.com/products/g...ave-mandocello
    This unique 10-string bridges the gap between Octave and Mandocello. Giacomel instruments are made by Corrado Giacomel of Genoa, Italy. This particular example features fan frets and a scale length that goes from 21" on the bass side to 20 1/8" on the treble.
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    Nut Width - 1 13/16"
    Radiused Fingerboard
    Bracing - X
    Case - Gig Bag
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    Default Re: Giacomel 10 string Mandocello/Octave Mandolin

    I dunno... 21" on the bass side to 20 1/8" treble side doesn't sound like any mandocello scale I've ever heard of.

    Sounds like a compensated OM to me, or actually a Cittern with a high tuning on the top course. You'd want to go lower scale length on the bass course for a true 'cello or Cittern reaching down there. It's an odd instrument in more than one way.

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    Default Re: Giacomel 10 string Mandocello/Octave Mandolin

    14k with gig bag?!?

    Good luck finding a hardshell case for that!
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    Default Re: Giacomel 10 string Mandocello/Octave Mandolin

    Actually, it sounds quite nice here in this video. I assume it is tuned CGDAE?

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    Default Re: Giacomel 10 string Mandocello/Octave Mandolin

    Carters still has a 1997 Nyberg cittern for $3,500. I played it last year and LOVED it. Do you hear $10K more of tone in the Giacomel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcus CA View Post
    Carters still has a 1997 Nyberg cittern for $3,500. I played it last year and LOVED it. Do you hear $10K more of tone in the Giacomel?
    These instruments are way out of my realm of experience... but I can't imagine that they are comparable at all. Other than the fact that they're both stringed instruments, they are constructed as differently as night and day, and I bet they sound quite different as well.

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