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GUEST, Tom Bliss Octave strung mandocello? (21) Octave strung mandocello? 22 Jul 11

I've been thinking about stringing one of my mandocellos in octaves - all four courses.

I'm not at all interested in the 'lower-strings-only' bouzouki/12-string approach, because I want to play tunes, and do not want the top octave to disappear when I play across the top course/s.

I guess this would make it no longer be a mandocello but simultaneously a mandocello and a mandola - would that be a mandolacello perhaps? (Pray NOT an octave mandola for reasons passim)!

All three of my 'cellos are standard guitar sized. String gauges now are a custom-made* 58 (with an extra-thick core), 42, 32, 16.

I'm thinking of using 33, 24, 13 and 9 for the top octave - but that means 9 for a high A, which will be tight (might have to track down an 8).

Anyway. Has anyone ever tried this? If so how did it go?


*Malcolm Newton natch.

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