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    Default Is this an octave mandolin or octave Mandola? Please help!

    Hi,

    I am in the market for an octave mandolin. I have a mandolin made by the luthier Phil Davidson (phenomenal) and heard about Ashbury - which he designs - recently. I have been looking at the Ashbury E-style octave mandola on the hobgoblin website. This was recommended to me by an expert. Apparently hobgoblin ship worldwide so I would be able to purchase one in Australia. I can provide a link but am not sure about forum rules.


    I want an octave mandolin which has the same tuning as a normal mandolin (GDAE). My understanding is that Mandolas have a different tuning. Does anyone know whether this product is actually an octave mandolin and simply called an ‘octave mandola’ due to a different naming convention?

    Cheers,
    Derp

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    Default Re: Is this an octave mandolin or octave Mandola? Please help!

    Octave mandolin is what we in the US call it. Octave mandola is what it's called in the UK and parts of Europe. They are the same instrument with different names.

    I have an Ashbury Octave Mandola that Phil designed. It's tuned GDAE and is a nice flat top instrument.
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    Default Re: Is this an octave mandolin or octave Mandola? Please help!

    like Eric said, it's just the name business.

    I have a Fylde Octave Mandola in GDAE.
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    Check out the TAMCO website for an explanation - http://www.theacousticmusicco.co.uk/...n-family-.html

    In my mind an octave “mandola” should really be called a “mandocello”.

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    Awesome, thanks for the replies!

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    Default Re: Is this an octave mandolin or octave Mandola? Please help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Platt View Post
    Octave mandolin is what we in the US call it. Octave mandola is what it's called in the UK and parts of Europe. They are the same instrument with different names.
    That difference threw me for a while when I lived in the UK. Once I understood that it was just a difference in convention, I had lots of fun browsing the Hobgoblin listings. I lucked into a used Fylde - otherwise I might have picked up an Ashbury.
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