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At 6:12pm on January 3, 2011, Jon M. Allred said…
Actually, Todd, the correct term, for my instrument at least, is probably octave mandolin. It is tuned an octave below a standard or soprano mandolin, just like the name implies. The scale length on mine is 22.25" which is perfect for that body size, in my opinion. You don't see many octave mandos in groups, however. Their range is about where the guitar is and I think it would get lost in there. Oh, by the way, I watched the video of Tony Dune playing the guitar/bouzouki. Sounds and looks great! Jon
At 3:38pm on January 2, 2011, Jon M. Allred said…
Also, Todd, Is that a bouzouki? For years I've thought about building one. What is the scale length on yours? I've also never seen a pair of strings held by one bridge pin. Interesting! Thanks! Jon
At 3:35pm on January 2, 2011, Jon M. Allred said…
Hello, Todd! My name is Jon Allred and I, too, am an instrument builder. I enjoyed the photos on your website. You have some fine looking instruments and some interesting ideas in your construction methods. I love your alto mando. Are the back and sides ash? I made a couple about five years ago and I love mine. One is a 9-string hybrid and one is a true alto mando. I'd love to talk shop sometime. Regards, Jon

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