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Pitch naming conventions, Helmholtz
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.

There are three major characteristics of picks that work together to determine what they sound like when applied to mandolin strings: point shape, thickness, and the material they're made from.