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    Registered User Mike Buesseler's Avatar
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    Default Anyone Recognize This Octave Mando?

    I love the sound of this OM. That tune is also great...apparently original. Who is this guy?!?

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    Default Re: Anyone Recognize This Octave Mando?

    Ok, the player is Tom Kimber....but what is he playing?

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    Mando-Accumulator Jim Garber's Avatar
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    Default Re: Anyone Recognize This Octave Mando?

    The one I see on YouTube is a Flatiron. Oops, wrong video. I was reading a mandola thread... is it this one below? He calls it an octave mandolin but in the notes under the video he says it is a cittern (10 strings).
    I bought this instrument as a cittern (it has 5 courses) but currently have it tuned as an octave mandolin/bouzouki, GDAD. I've not been playing it enough, so wrote this tune for it.
    By the logo it looks like it was made by UK luthier Tom Buchanan like this one. Here is his web site.

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    Default Re: Anyone Recognize This Octave Mando?

    You recognize the maker? Looks like he removed the e strings to call it an OM.

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    Mando-Accumulator Jim Garber's Avatar
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    Default Re: Anyone Recognize This Octave Mando?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Buesseler View Post
    You recognize the maker? Looks like he removed the e strings to call it an OM.
    I recognize the logo. And the description from this store page above told me who made it.
    Handmade from all solid timbers by one of the UK's premier Luthiers Tom Buchanan. The Buchanan Cittern features a solid spruce top, cherry back and sides, mahogany neck, Gotoh machine heads with black buttons, bone nut and saddle and a gloss finish. Scale length 500mm.
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    Default Re: Anyone Recognize This Octave Mando?

    Yes, that's a buchanan. My first zouk was a Buchanan. I also sold one of his tenor guitars and maybe shouldn't have seeing as it was short scale. He sells instruments via Hobgoblin in the UK, so not mega bucks - very much entry level 'good' as opposed to mass produced entry level.
    I know Tom Kimber. Awesome player. His main weapons are a Davidson F5 and a tenor banjo of Phil's too.
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