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    I have 5 Guitars, 3 Ukuleles, an Electric Bass, and a Chicago-tuned Plectrum Banjo. They're all tuned basically like a Guitar or a part thereof. But a few weeks ago, I played a Tenor Banjo, which is tuned in 5ths, and I found the spread out chord voicings quite appealing. So, I started thinking about replacing my Plectrum with a Tenor, but I wasn't sure. Cut to the chase: Last Friday, I bought an Eastman MDA315 F-style Mandola from a local orchestral string instrument dealer. It, like the Tenor Banjo, is tuned like a Viola (C G D A). It doesn't sound anything like anything I have. So far, it's been a gas, but we'll see if an old dog can learn new tricks! Generic photo follows:
    NMD (New Mandola Day)!-my-mda315a-jpg

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    Got lotsa curlicues and pointy parts, don’t it?

    Congrats, looks nice!

    I envy people who can play all kinds of string instruments in different tunings.

    I myself have just never been able to deal with different tunings. I play the uke which is the same intervals as the guitar. My brain has a hard time adjusting. Maybe I could train it with some effort.

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    Johnny Gimble used mandola tuning, on a mandolin with only 4 strings and a pickup. Playing an instrument tuned in fifths takes a little practice, but I didn't find it overly difficult after an initial time of getting used to it. I built a couple of solid-body 5-string mandolas, along with several mandolins, and still play them occasionally. I've given up on ever playing one as well as Tiny Moore did, though.

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    Are we going to get to hear that beauty?

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    5ths are upside down 4ths, chord grips are the same as the bottom 4 strings of a guitar but flipped upside down. I saw this on my own but I'm guessing a lot of folks know this.

    Guitar chord grip bottom four strings... 3.2.0.0.

    Same grip on mando (flipped upside down) 0.0.2.3

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    Quote Originally Posted by fep View Post
    Are we going to get to hear that beauty?

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    BTW

    5ths are upside down 4ths, chord grips are the same as the bottom 4 strings of a guitar but flipped upside down. I saw this on my own but I'm guessing a lot of folks know this.

    Guitar chord grip bottom four strings... 3.2.0.0.

    Same grip on mando (flipped upside down) 0.0.2.3
    Sweet jeebus, you've confused me already. I still can't get my head around a lefty playing a guitar UPSIDE DOWN.

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    I like the low notes so I hanker for a mandocello.


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    Well, BDLH, the open 4th string(s) on the Mandola is the same as the 5th string 3rd fret on a Guitar, but the open 1st string is the same note as the 1st string 5th fret on a Guitar. An open C chord (0 0 2 3) is C G E C - 2 octaves in 4 (8) strings instead of 6!
    Last edited by Tom Karol; 06-08-2021 at 05:57 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Karol View Post
    Well, BDH, the open 4th string(s) on the Mandola is the same as the 5th string 3rd fret on a guitar, but the open 1st string is the same note as the 1st string 5th fret on a guitar. An open C chord (0 0 2 3) is C G E C - 2 octaves in 4 (8) strings instead of 6!
    I could have sworn the range was different -- Mandola Effect?

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    Really cool-looking instrument! Congratulations, and play it in good health!

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    I bought mine last Friday for the then standard price of $875.
    I went on Eastman's website today merely to verify one of the specs.
    They've raised the price to $1095 less than a week after I bought it!
    Talk about timing - I possibly wouldn't have pulled the trigger at the new price!
    Did Eastman just institute a 25% price increase across-the-board?

    Wait - I just checked their website again after entering this post:
    They're not showing prices at all now!

    OK, the prices are back up, but it's still $1095 vs $875; will start a new thread.
    Last edited by Tom Karol; 06-10-2021 at 09:40 AM.