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Posted By: mooman
03-Sep-04 - 06:34 AM
Thread Name: mandola, octave mandolin or what
Subject: RE: mandola, octave mandolin or what
Dear Luigi,

This sounds like an octave mandolin (US terminology) or octave mandola (European terninology) as Jon says. The typical scale length for these is about 51 to 54 cm. I assume you are referring to scale length. If it is the total length of the instrument then that could more likely be a mandola (sometimes called a tenor mandola) which would have a scale length of round about 41 cm. The usual tuning for an octave mandola (the one I use anyway) is GDAE although the alternative tunings mentioned by Jon are also possible. If it is the shorter scale length instrument, then it should be CGDA.

If you can conform the actual scale length, i.e. nut to saddle, and the make (if any) of the instrument, we may also be able to advise on further possible tunings and also suitable string gauges.