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    Default String-less Mandolin by Vinaccia, Vihuela & Larson Co.

    This hunchback mandolin style defies description, but its eBay seller appears to have tried his best. Here it is for your edification and amusement:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Vtg...MAAOSwA-VeNcqW

    If you decide to buy it, please do not blame me, and do not call me about tuning the thing. I know nothing.

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    Default Re: String-less Mandolin by Vinaccia, Vihuela & Larson Co.

    He says that might be on the label. Heavens knows what it really says.

    It appears to be a Mexican Vihuela, not to be confused with the traditional Spanish Vihuela. I'm pretty sure he won't get 180.00 for it.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: String-less Mandolin by Vinaccia, Vihuela & Larson Co.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    He says that might be on the label. Heavens knows what it really says.

    It appears to be a Mexican Vihuela, not to be confused with the traditional Spanish Vihuela. I'm pretty sure he won't get 180.00 for it.
    Yup, standard mariachi band vihuela.

    Tuned like the top 5 guitar strings but quite re-entrant, used to play chords mostly.

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    Default Re: String-less Mandolin by Vinaccia, Vihuela & Larson Co.

    I knew that was not an ordinary mandolin.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KExQu-4wi9A

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    Default Re: String-less Mandolin by Vinaccia, Vihuela & Larson Co.

    Apparently there is no money above the sixth fret on these. Actually there's no frets above the sixth fret.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: String-less Mandolin by Vinaccia, Vihuela & Larson Co.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Apparently there is no money above the sixth fret on these. Actually there's no frets above the sixth fret.
    Mike, on this particular Vihuela I see only 4 frets. I guess that does the trick.

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    Default Re: String-less Mandolin by Vinaccia, Vihuela & Larson Co.

    Well then, I guess what I meant to say was there is no money above the 4th fret
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: String-less Mandolin by Vinaccia, Vihuela & Larson Co.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Well then, I guess what I meant to say was there is no money above the 4th fret
    My nephew, Pablo, has been gigging in Austin mariachi bands since he was about 13. He doesn't play a vihuela, but the guitarron, which is essentially fretless.
    He's been making pretty good jackero for a HS kid.

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    Default Re: String-less Mandolin by Vinaccia, Vihuela & Larson Co.

    Quote Originally Posted by brunello97 View Post
    My nephew, Pablo, has been gigging in Austin mariachi bands since he was about 13. He doesn't play a vihuela, but the guitarron, which is essentially fretless. He's been making pretty good jackero for a HS kid.

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    Default Re: String-less Mandolin by Vinaccia, Vihuela & Larson Co.

    Give it a go, Allen!
    The mariachi bands in Austin / San Antonio tend to be very gig oriented, like you are. Very fluid personal.
    I'm on a few email group lists for fun and folks are always sending out word for another trumpet, violin, guitar, etc.
    No calls for accordions, yet, or I'd be jumping.
    My nephew makes enough bread to keep himself out of trouble... and he's going to a wedding reception every weekend.....
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