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An idea for a new instrument

Postby Daniel » Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:13 pm

I have no idea how feasible this is, but i would love to play a 5 string mandola (octave mandolin to us Americans) with a high B string. Acoustic would be awesome, but I'd be happy with a solid body electric if an acoustic just wouldn't work.

I don;t know why, but I find it easier to play instruments with a G or an E as the lowest note. Going up from C to E just messes with my head.

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Postby Dave Hanson » Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:43 pm

Anything can be made for a price.

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Postby tom » Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:09 am

Hi Daniel, welcome to the board.

Ive been making those for years.

http://www.folkmandolin.co.uk/instruments/cittern.htm

Calling it a cittern, which is really a generalisation for these 10 string instruments. People often ask for different tunnings but the most popular is GDAEB

They are quite popular. I have three going out on my current run of instruments.

I have just sent two of them out but I wont be sending the last away untill the end of the week / begining of next. If you can make it to Cleckheaton you gan have a go.

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Postby Daniel » Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:35 pm

Ooooo. I knew I moved to the right country!
Having a look!

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Re: An idea for a new instrument

Postby Gary Nava » Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:23 pm

Daniel wrote:I have no idea how feasible this is, but i would love to play a 5 string mandola (octave mandolin to us Americans) with a high B string. Acoustic would be awesome, but I'd be happy with a solid body electric if an acoustic just wouldn't work.

I don;t know why, but I find it easier to play instruments with a G or an E as the lowest note. Going up from C to E just messes with my head.

:cool:
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A solid body sounds fun!
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Postby tom » Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:34 pm

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Postby Gary Nava » Mon Nov 26, 2012 4:43 pm

Nice work Tom!
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Postby tom » Mon Nov 26, 2012 5:28 pm

Thanks garry.

Spotted your cittern whilst looking through the you tube clips.

Stunning piece of work.
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Postby Daniel » Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:48 am

Did some YouTubing just now.
Wow, both are lovely instruments that sound great.

I know what my next instrument is going to be. Now I just need to figure out where I'm getting and when I can afford it. :wink:

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What you need is a Waldzither!

Postby aero_mandolin » Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:08 pm

What you need is a Waldzither! 5 courses, nine strings, glass bridge. I got mine on eBay (German) and re-strung it as GDDAAEEBB. It sounds better than my Weber Hyalite (but doesn't look as good), plus that B course is really useful.
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