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    Default Taropatch coming my way :-)

    After reading a post here about a Taropatch which I didn't know anything about and having sold my Tipple, because it was hopeless to intonate, I now have a Taropatch coming my way from Frane.
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    Default Re: Taropatch coming my way :-)

    You have an admirable and impressive non-collection

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    Default Re: Taropatch coming my way :-)

    "Cool beans," as they say. First, concur with you about tiple intonation; short scale, octave strings, non-compensated bridge -- and you've got the closest thing to an insoluble dilemma. I'll hang on to my Martin T-15 'cause it's cool and I basically want "one of everything," but I tune it slightly "out of tune" so when I fret it, it's slightly out of tune in the other direction.

    My main gigging ukulele is a '30's Regal taropatch, beat up and repaired but lots of fun to play. The larger 8-string ukes may not be official taropatches, which when Martin made 'em were definitely soprano-sized. Mine's tenor-sized, and -- funny coincidence -- has its original bridge replaced with a Martin tiple bridge. Dealers now call them "8-string tenor ukuleles" rather than taropatches, but I prefer the more obscure t-patch nomenclature.

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    Very cool!

    I've been looking for a Taropatch uke myself.

    I have a 4 string cedar topped Mainland concert ukulele tuned to mandolin tuning using the Aquila GDAE set. The strings are meant for soprano uke but work fine on the Mainland uke. It's a joy to play and I'm hoping to get a Taropatch that I can tune the same way.

    What tuning are you planning to use?

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    Default Re: Taropatch coming my way :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    "...................." but I tune it slightly "out of tune" so when I fret it, it's slightly out of tune in the other direction.

    ................................!
    That's exactly what I did and it worked reasonably but I still found it hard to press down 3 strings of different gauge to make a clean sound, so I put it for sale at a good price and it sold. But I still miss to have a Martin Tipple on the wall

    So I hope that the handmade, all solid Taropatch, a concert by the way, will fill that gap.
    I'm not collecting, not collecting, not........OUMM.....
    Kentucky KM-805
    Hora: M1086 Portuguese II; M1088 Mandola; M1087 Octave
    Richmond RMA-110-VS
    Noname (German?) mandolin; Taropatch all solid Acacia
    Mandoline Pochette Franz Janisch; Unknown Pocket Mandolin
    Mandolinetto Neapolitane
    Johs Møller 1945;
    Marma Seashell back; Unknown old Mandolin Banjo
    Crafton(in the car)

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    Quote Originally Posted by daLimuHead View Post
    Very cool!

    I've been looking for a Taropatch uke myself.

    I have a 4 string cedar topped Mainland concert ukulele tuned to mandolin tuning using the Aquila GDAE set. The strings are meant for soprano uke but work fine on the Mainland uke. It's a joy to play and I'm hoping to get a Taropatch that I can tune the same way.

    What tuning are you planning to use?
    I'll just use standard tuning, I have enough difficulties learning to play ukulele, mandolin, 5 string banjo and a mandolin tuned like a Balalayka

    I bought that Aquila set as well but didn't like the sound when playing mandolin tunes, so I dropped it, having quite a lot of real mandolins.

    I do however have a nice soft sound on my Mandolinetto fitted with Aquila Nylgut mandolin strings. It sounds amazing, especially when (trying to) play(ing) classical tunes.
    I'm not collecting, not collecting, not........OUMM.....
    Kentucky KM-805
    Hora: M1086 Portuguese II; M1088 Mandola; M1087 Octave
    Richmond RMA-110-VS
    Noname (German?) mandolin; Taropatch all solid Acacia
    Mandoline Pochette Franz Janisch; Unknown Pocket Mandolin
    Mandolinetto Neapolitane
    Johs Møller 1945;
    Marma Seashell back; Unknown old Mandolin Banjo
    Crafton(in the car)

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    Default Re: Taropatch coming my way :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    "Cool beans," as they say. First, concur with you about tiple intonation; short scale, octave strings, non-compensated bridge -- and you've got the closest thing to an insoluble dilemma. I'll hang on to my Martin T-15 'cause it's cool and I basically want "one of everything," but I tune it slightly "out of tune" so when I fret it, it's slightly out of tune in the other direction.

    My main gigging ukulele is a '30's Regal taropatch, beat up and repaired but lots of fun to play. The larger 8-string ukes may not be official taropatches, which when Martin made 'em were definitely soprano-sized. Mine's tenor-sized, and -- funny coincidence -- has its original bridge replaced with a Martin tiple bridge. Dealers now call them "8-string tenor ukuleles" rather than taropatches, but I prefer the more obscure t-patch nomenclature.

    Enjoy!
    Actually the original Martin taropatches were larger than sopranos. In fact they were the precursor to the concert size ukes. Info here: https://www.ukulelemag.com/stories/g...rtin-taropatch
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