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    Just got this lovely Frank Tate tenor guitar from Cafe member gortnamona/Lawrence the other day - it's an absolute beauty! This is one of my favourite jigs (written by Seán Ryan), and always the first tune I play on a new instrument:

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    Beautiful playing on a very lovely instrument.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    Wonderful Jill. Congratulations on that lovely instrument well played by You,

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    That sounds so wonderful!
    The playing is pretty good too. Nice song to choose for the first on this new to you tenor!
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    Cheers folks! I've been a fan of Frank's instruments for a long time so I'm over the moon to finally own one meself! The workmanship is flawless, hands down one of the most beautifully made and sounding instruments I've owned!
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    Good for you! Looks a very nice instrument.
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    Wonderful! What is the scale length, Jill?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dagger Gordon View Post
    Good for you! Looks a very nice instrument.
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    Yes, all mahogany - reclaimed mahogany salvaged from a shipyard in Belfast if I'm not mistaken!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cary Fagan View Post
    Wonderful! What is the scale length, Jill?
    23 inch scale length - the tenor guitars I've had in the past have had 21 inch scale lengths but it was quite easy to adjust to the longer stretch on this one.
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    Ohhh well done!!
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    I think his instruments sound great. You've probably seen this two mandolin set featuring the 'blue' mandolin he made.

    https://www.facebook.com/franktatein...94287441120953
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dagger Gordon View Post
    I think his instruments sound great. You've probably seen this two mandolin set featuring the 'blue' mandolin he made.

    https://www.facebook.com/franktatein...94287441120953

    Yes, such great sound from them two mandolins, and lovely playing as well!
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    Well done; both the aquisition and the music!
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    Lovely instrument and performance. I've heard a few of Frank Tate's mandolins and a guitar in the exceptionally talented hands of Ye Vagabonds, live in small venues here in Scotland. Beautiful things. I think Brian McGloinn was making his own instrument guided by Frank Tate last year - don't know how that has been going.

    The tenor here slightly reminds me of a 50's Gibson tenor that my brother in law Tim Jones owns.

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    Nicely done Jill. I've a huge soft spot for tunes that go right down to the bottom range of the instrument & that guitar is well able for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmmando View Post
    Lovely instrument and performance. I've heard a few of Frank Tate's mandolins and a guitar in the exceptionally talented hands of Ye Vagabonds, live in small venues here in Scotland. Beautiful things. I think Brian McGloinn was making his own instrument guided by Frank Tate last year - don't know how that has been going.

    The tenor here slightly reminds me of a 50's Gibson tenor that my brother in law Tim Jones owns.


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    Cheers Kevin! Frank had a great wee clip on his Instagram page recently of Brían playing one of his tenor guitars - sounded fantastic and it had a lovely old 3d coin with a hare on it inlaid at the end of the fretboard.
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    A nice idea - the old irish coinage was a delight of design, leaping salmon and suchlike...

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    Great playing and sound, Jill. Lovely instrument you have there.
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    Inspirational Jill. I hope you do another video session with the Tate tenor. Does it really have a hole in the upper bout?

    This tune may be added to my list! A nice one indeed.
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    Inspirational Jill. I hope you do another video session with the Tate tenor. Does it really have a hole in the upper bout?

    This tune may be added to my list! A nice one indeed.
    Cheers Doug - yes it has a sound port on the upper bout, I think most of Frank's instruments sport this feature if I'm not mistaken.
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    Lovely guitar and tune. Congratulations.

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    Great tenor and a great tune Jill! I'll have to steal it and rename it "chicken in the kitchen".
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    I found this podcast by Frank last night. Good listening.

    https://podtail.com/en/podcast/the-r...trument-maker/
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    Cheers for that podcast link David! Having a listen to that with a cuppa!
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