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    Default Octofone

    For anyone interested in one of these odd beasts, Retrofret in Brooklyn has just listed one, a bit worn, but playable. NFI.

    These make interesting octave mandolins. It's better to string them somewhat lightly.
    It's getting harder to find them in playable condition.
    Last edited by rcc56; Jan-13-2020 at 3:01pm.

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    About 4X what I paid for mine, but mine needed a headstock re-repair, neck reset, carbon fiber rod installed in neck, and new ebony fingerboard -- so it ended up around $500 when everything was done (I got a "frequent customer" price, or it would have been much more).

    Agree about light stringing: remember, they listed for less than $20 new, so don't feature the best construction. My Octofone is the lightest medium-sized instrument I've ever owned. I have mine in octave mandolin tuning, but with "octaved" stringing on the 3rd and 4th courses. As you might expect from its ultra-light construction, it projects very well, but the owner would be well-advised to "baby" it a bit.

    Very interesting instrument, but fragile. And, pretty crummy tuners.
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    Default Re: Octofone

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    i have never heard one of those i liked the sound of.

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    Then I guess your bank account is safe for the time being.

    I like mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcc56 View Post
    ...I like mine.
    Me too.
    Allen Hopkins
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    Natl Triolian Dobro mando
    Victoria b-back Merrill alumnm b-back
    H-O mandolinetto
    Stradolin Vega banjolin
    Sobell'dola Washburn b-back'dola
    Eastmn: 615'dola 805 m'cello
    Flatiron 3K OM

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