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    I remember watching it a few years ago but cant find it anymore. Its a very well produced music video of a French (I believe) mandolin quartet performing an original piece. They sit around a small table in a dimly lit room and take turns hitting the table as percussion. Its a really cool effect. I think it was two mandolins, a mandola and a mandocello and they were flatbacks. The camera pans around them as they play. I would greatly appreciate any help finding this as I would really like to watch it again but no amount of searching on youtube has worked for me.

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    Hi,

    They’re French and called the Melonious Quartet. If this link does not work the tune was called Gaucho. Perhaps my favourite video on YouTube.



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    Fantastic group. Strangely I was listening to their CD Au Sud De La Mandoline a couple of days ago, for the first time in ages.
    They don't seem to be active any more, as far as I can tell, but I did once play at Mandopolis, a festival which they used to run, and saw them give a wonderful performance and hung out with them all weekend.

    Actually, I just see that they have held a festival in 2021 but it doesn't look like Melonious were playing.
    http://www.mandopolis.org/
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    I wonder if all the instruments are by the same builder? They all seem to share a certain design look. Wonderful music and thanks for finding it for us Mandrian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hudmister View Post
    I wonder if all the instruments are by the same builder? They all seem to share a certain design look. Wonderful music and thanks for finding it for us Mandrian.
    Googling around I found the name "Andre Sakellarides", but I can't find much info on them besides a couple threads in the mandolincafe that talk about them briefly
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    Here is an interview Patrick Vaillant, the leader of the Melonious Quartet, did for Mandozine a long time ago (I couldn't see the date).

    https://www.mandozine.com/media/CGOW/vaillant.html
    In it he comments on the group's instruments:


    Q - Patrick, tell us about your special instruments.

    A - When I was looking for a mandolin for my musical project, there was only classical mandolins or folk (american) mandolins. So I went to Andre Sakellarides in Marseille, who is making mostly violins, violas and cellos - and experimental bow instruments. I've asked him to create a new mandolin model for me. So he did (1987). Then came the whole family : alto mandola, tenor mandola, mandocellos, electric mandolin... The work is still in progress, all of them are prototypes.

    My mandolin's neck is a little bit longer, the fingerboard is a little more narrow than american mandolins'. The string gauge I use : 9 - 13 - 22 - 32 There's nothing very special about the woods, except it's high quality.

    To tell the truth, I'm not a wizard at organology. What is important is that these instruments sound like and look like what we want them to.


    Here is a wee film about Andre, who I met at Mandopolis.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AluKLfSzedo
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    Very sadly, I heard that Andre Sakellarides has just passed away.
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