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

Bother - you see, I've even tripped myself up! The smaller Buchanan I have is only 420mm - i.e without doubt a Mandola.

But Tom (confusingly and annoyingly) calls this the 'tenor mandola', which it can't possibly be as it's an alto instrument*. Tenor Mandola means 'a mandola in the tenor range' - i.e. an Octave Mandolin. Never, Use, The, Term, Tenor. Mandola. Or. Octave Mandola.

Mindst you - how would it sound if I strung it Gg Dd Aa Ee, I wonder, and what sizes would I use....

*Furthermore the mandola is the senior and original member of the family and thus 'should never be insulted with an adjective' (Louis de Bernieres)

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