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    Default Round vs. pear shape

    I notice many of the mandolin family instruments made in Britain, Ireland, and Scotland are roundish while US instruments (A style) are more pear shaped. Any advantage tone wise for one or the other?
    Personally, I find the pear shape more pleasing to the eye. Of course this may be attributed to what I am used to seeing.
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    Hmmm, I think of Celtic style instruments as being more "onion shaped" which I would describe as being less round than American instruments. I like all shapes as long as the thing works together as a whole.

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    Ah! That would explain the British expression, "It's all gone pear shaped!"

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    Default Re: Round vs. pear shape

    I thought this was a thread about aging male mandolin players!
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    Curiosity: do these shape differences provide a different tone such as flat top vs. arch top? Or are the tonal differences impacted more by other factors?
    Keith Edward Coleman A style, oval hole Mandola
    Stiver A style (eagerly awaiting spring 2020 arrival)
    Weber Gallatin A Mandola "D hole"
    Kentucky KM-950
    Harley Benton A style (Spare canoe paddle)
    Rogue 100A (current campfire tool)

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    Shape doesn't make a difference unless there are "multiple discrete bouts" involved. Mostly it's things like arching, graduations, body size and scale length that dominate tone, and then things like tonewood and strings come into the mix, and from there it's a lot of little stuff. Shape of the body is pretty far down the list, as long as it's round-ish and close to the usual size and depth.

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