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In the US, this term is usually applied to an instrument tuned one fifth below the mandolin, analogous to the viola: c, g, d, a. Europeans would refer to an instrument of this size as mandoliola, mandola in C, or tenor mandola (although this latter is a bit of a misnomer given the instrument's alto range). Some instruments have been made with an added fifth course at high e" to provide a kind of mandolin/mandola hybrid.

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