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    Default New five course mandocello

    A five course mandocello (with added high e string). Carved sitka soundboard, Australian blackwood body and mahogany neck. 25" scale, 14" wide body, 3" deep and slightly deeper at the tail. CF re-enforced linings under the soundboard and CF tubes from the neckblock to the tailblock. Wonderfully resonant with even response across the courses and very stable under the string tension. Strung 12, 20w, 32, 42, 70. I am quite pleased with it.

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    Default Re: New five course mandocello

    Would live to hear it. I looked into a couple of advertised liuto cantabiles, but one outfit simply said "We don't make those." Wish they would not advertise them! I did not hear back from another company that listed one, but when I looked again later it said SOLD. My wife just got a 5 string cello (also CF) so I want to keep up. Is this your own work, or where was it made and/or purchased?
    By the way, watching NSW TV's Brokenwood Mysteries and Deep Water on Netfilx: getting used to the accent. I try to hear it when I read your book.
    By the way, I will have news about more Solo Mandocello music soon, hope you're interested.
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    I built it here in Canberra for a customer in Victoria and being delivered next week. His wife is a cellist as well while the buyer is graduating up from a mandolin. I will see if I can get someone to record something before leaves home.

    Anyway, we don't have accents. Only Americans have accents 8-)

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    Default Re: New five course mandocello

    Well, actually, it's not only Americans with accents; I understand New Zealanders have a very noticeable accent too.
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    Default Re: New five course mandocello

    Oh, I'd love to hear it too! (The instrument, not the accent
    Mandolin: Kentucky KM150
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    Default Re: New five course mandocello

    Quote Originally Posted by Graham McDonald View Post
    I built it here in Canberra for a customer in Victoria and being delivered next week. His wife is a cellist as well while the buyer is graduating up from a mandolin. I will see if I can get someone to record something before leaves home.
    Anyway, we don't have accents. Only Americans have accents 8-)
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    I see; too bad it's not still on the market. But I have too much invested in my K4 to think about another big instrument.
    Actually, only Americans from New Jersey have an accent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham McDonald View Post
    I built it here in Canberra for a customer in Victoria and being delivered next week. His wife is a cellist as well while the buyer is graduating up from a mandolin. I will see if I can get someone to record something before leaves home.

    Anyway, we don't have accents. Only Americans have accents 8-)

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    Actually the American accent is closer to the traditional English accent. At the time of the settlement in the early 1600s of the U.S. the British accent was closer to the American accent than it is today. At some point later on in Britian it became fashionable for the upper class to speak with a soft r like hahd, instead of a hard r. Among other things. Eventually it caught on in the rest of society there too.

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    Default Re: New five course mandocello

    True dat. If you want to know what Elizabethans sounded like, go to Appalachia.
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    Default Re: New five course mandocello

    When my choirs performed 16th Century French chansons at a college on the Canadian border (Potsdam NY) the French professor told me Quebecois was closer to the period pronunciation than modern Parisian. And when Scots musicians wanted to revive traditional music styles, they went to Nova Scotia. It's a strange counter-intuitive phenomenon, but the "colonial affect" happens in language as well as music. Transplants seem to hold on to the old ways while the "homeland" progresses.

    Wait.... what does this have to do with mandocellos????

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    So when does the Five-Course Mandocello Book come out? :-)

    Classy and sharp.

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    Default Re: New five course mandocello

    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Jacobson View Post
    So when does the Five-Course Mandocello Book come out? :-)
    Thank you for the kind words.

    Maybe a mandolin family book, looking at mandolins, mandolas, octave mandolins, bouzoukis and mandocellos. Just an idea at the moment, pulling in elements of the other books with a few new ideas.

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    Default Re: New five course mandocello

    Not my place to announce or advertise just yet, but I will be talking about a new mandocello method book at October's CMSA. Only 8 strings, though.

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