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    Default Martin Krajicek and "unusually octave" mandolin.

    Mandolin is unusually tuned. I don't know how to name it?
    Mandolin Tuning G3G4 D4D5 A3A4 E4E5

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    Default Re: Martin Krajicek and "unusually octave" mandolin.

    I don't see any octave mandolin in that video, so i assume you are saying he tunes his mandolin to octaves. In the video you posted it looks like he is playing a vintage Gibson snakehead A with only 4 strings. I checked a few other videos where he is playing a Vana F-5 and in the closeups it looks like the strings are standard meaning the same gauge in each pair.

    Do you have a video where he is playing a mandolin tuned with octave pairs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I don't see any octave mandolin in that video, so i assume you are saying he tunes his mandolin to octaves. In the video you posted it looks like he is playing a vintage Gibson snakehead A with only 4 strings. I checked a few other videos where he is playing a Vana F-5 and in the closeups it looks like the strings are standard meaning the same gauge in each pair.

    Do you have a video where he is playing a mandolin tuned with octave pairs?
    It does not use four but eight strings. Take a look at the photo here (enlarge it). https://ohlasy.info/clanky/2017/03/m...-festival.html
    It alternates a thin and thick strings.
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    Default Re: Martin Krajicek and "unusually octave" mandolin.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I don't see any octave mandolin in that video, so i assume you are saying he tunes his mandolin to octaves. In the video you posted it looks like he is playing a vintage Gibson snakehead A with only 4 strings. I checked a few other videos where he is playing a Vana F-5 and in the closeups it looks like the strings are standard meaning the same gauge in each pair.

    Do you have a video where he is playing a mandolin tuned with octave pairs?
    At 0:23 and 2:11 in the video, they do a close-up of the mandolin and you can see the strings. The G and D have high octave strings like a 12 string guitar.

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    Default Re: Martin Krajicek and "unusually octave" mandolin.

    Cool, Id like to try this on a mandolin and tune everything down one or two notes, see how that sounds.

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    I stand corrected. I went back to the video and I did see the octave pairs. Sorry. Yes interesting. I love his playing and the joy he shows performing in the videos. I will download some of his music for sure.

    In that video the mandolin almost sounds like a harpsichord. Wonderful. And the singer has a haunting voice. The only disturbing thing is you can sort of hear some child talking in the background for some reason.
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    Default Re: Martin Krajicek and "unusually octave" mandolin.

    Saw Mike Compton and Joe Newberry recently. One of Mike's mandolins (not the Gilchrist) was strung with the G and D courses strung as octave pairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A 4 View Post
    Saw Mike Compton and Joe Newberry recently. One of Mike's mandolins (not the Gilchrist) was strung with the G and D courses strung as octave pairs.
    Thanks to all.

    This tuning could be called: octave pairs tuning. When the name Octave Mandlin is occupied:-)

    And besides Mike Compton, does anyone else use this tuning?
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