Mandolin Glossary

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Homer & Jethro
Homer & Jethro were an award winning country comedy duo that took Nashville and the nation by storm between the late 1940s to early 1970s.

von Helmholtz, Hermann
Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894) was a German physicist who developed conventions for naming pitches and designate specific octaves using upper- or lower-case letters and a series of primes.

Howe-Orme mandolins distributed by the Elias Howe Company of Boston featured many noteworthy innovations and are gaining recognition as fine vintage instruments.

Top end or "head" of the mandolin to which the tuners are attached.

Handel Tuners
These beautifully ornate tuners appeared as stock equipment on Gibson A4, F2 and F4 mandolins until 1918.

Mandolins that don't fit a particular model style or that combine elements not normally found in construction and/or visual interpretation of a mandolin are often referred to as a "hybrid".

Healy, Lyon &
Lyon and Healy was a Chicago-based company that built a popular mandolin that is still in favor with many of today's American classical players.

History of the Mandolin
The roots of the word "mandolin" are derived from the Italian for "little almond." Written reference to mandolin ancestors with similar name extend to the end of the 16th century.