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    Default News from Pono: Octave Mandolins!

    I can't tell you how excited I am about this possibility!



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    That sounds sweet!
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    HMS just take my money now!
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    Sounds great but I am not interested, personally. I am also of the opinion that not every stringed instrument needs a ukulele version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wayfarer75 View Post
    Sounds great but I am not interested, personally. I am also of the opinion that not every stringed instrument needs a ukulele version.
    Different strokes, and all. These aren't designed to be a ukulele version of anything (they are meant to be tuned GDAE or GDAD) unless you chose to tune it that way, which in fact I would. I play a long-scale mandola tuned F-Bb-D-G (capo 2 for GCEA) because I am invested in ukulele chord shapes, but I like the sound of steel strings. Price-wise, there is a pretty big gap in the mandola/octave mandolin market between the $600-700 Chinese instruments from the likes of GoldTone and Trinity College and the $1500-3000 handmade instruments. I'm hoping that these instruments fall somewhere in between.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FiL View Post
    Different strokes, and all. These aren't designed to be a ukulele version of anything (they are meant to be tuned GDAE or GDAD) unless you chose to tune it that way, which in fact I would. I play a long-scale mandola tuned F-Bb-D-G (capo 2 for GCEA) because I am invested in ukulele chord shapes, but I like the sound of steel strings. Price-wise, there is a pretty big gap in the mandola/octave mandolin market between the $600-700 Chinese instruments from the likes of GoldTone and Trinity College and the $1500-3000 handmade instruments. I'm hoping that these instruments fall somewhere in between.

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    Agreed, completely. These are not ukuleles at all, and there is a grand tradition of flat top octave mandolins. These look like a worthwhile addition and I am very intrigued. I, too, hope the goal is to have an affordable instrument.
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    Kind of looks like an 8 string version of their new Big Bari also being introduced. It sounds HUGE!
    Last edited by PhilUSAFRet; 04-11-2016 at 01:46 AM.

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    That was purty!
    I am the best ukulele player on my block!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayfarer75 View Post
    Sounds great but I am not interested, personally. I am also of the opinion that not every stringed instrument needs a ukulele version.
    On the other hand, maybe they do, LOL

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    Hopefully the nut is WIDER than most mandos or mandolas, so as to help us UKE player fit our elephant-toe sized fingers on the strings.

    I can't play a banjo, mando or tenor guitar comfortably because someone with spider fingers decided upon a 1.25" nut width and there's just zero chance of me being able to fret clean chords on that...

    Nut needs to be AT LEAST 1.5" or I'm out...

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