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Offline arbarnhart

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My classical mandocello conversion
« on: Feb 14, 2008, 08:16:13 PM »
This was kinda fun. I converted a classical guitar to a nylon strung mandoceelo (or octave mandolin with different strings).



I enjoy playing it, but it's got to find a new home to finance more playing around in the shop.


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Re: My classical mandocello conversion
« Reply #1 on: Jun 15, 2008, 12:59:58 AM »
How do you tune it?? How is it to play - a bit like a bouzouki?? My bouzouki can have 10 strings although now it only has 8, so the neck is wide almost like a guitar. A bit awkward to play but I'm used to it now.

Cool idea btw!

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Re: My classical mandocello conversion
« Reply #2 on: Jun 15, 2008, 12:05:39 PM »
vandal,    ;D ;D ;D ;D

Looks fun though.

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Re: My classical mandocello conversion
« Reply #3 on: Jun 15, 2008, 06:10:56 PM »
How do you tune it?? How is it to play - a bit like a bouzouki??
Mandolin = violin tuning, GDAE, doubled courses
Mandola = viola CGDA
Mandocello = violoncello, CGDA (an octave down from viola)

There are lots of variations, you can go to modal tunings (CGDG is common) and you can tune the lower courses in octaves with a string change.

I find it really hard to play an instrument tuned in fifths with a scale length of more than 22"... the stretches just get painful. I think a standard classical guitar has a 24.5 inch scale length, so that would probably be unplayable to me. I've got an octave mando with a 19.5 scale, that feels pretty good an doesn't require a lot of cello-style shifting; but that's easy for the Greek rebetiko guys...
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Re: My classical mandocello conversion
« Reply #4 on: Aug 25, 2008, 11:50:47 AM »
Quote from: madmat
I think a standard classical guitar has a 24.5 inch scale length, so that would probably be unplayable to me.

Actually it's 25.5. Ouch. Experimental guitarist and general weird-merchant Robert Fripp teaches a variation of Pure Fifths tuning for guitar-- all fifths except the highest pair a third IIRC.

Damn near crippled me, me being of the short fingers. Won't be going there again.

 




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