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    Quote Originally Posted by bratsche View Post
    I always thought this instrument was very uke-ish (except for number of strings). It has a 14.75" scale and double re-entrant tuning. And no, I can't begin to play the darn thing, which was a souvenir that I somehow can't bring myself to part with. It's just too small for me! (Bragging rights to the first one who correctly identifies it.)

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    Timple - The sort from the Canary Isles.

    My favourite Timple video :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingshirley View Post
    Interesting topic. Now for my question. Where are you measuring from: the nut to the top of the bridge, where that saddle thingy sticks up, the knot or bead? My small custom guitar is smaller in size than some of my baritones but the strings are longer. (From Thomas) But my little Pepe Romero is bigger than the baritones and of course none of the baritones are the same. So is the string length the important factor? Confusing.
    From the nut to the 12th fret x 2 :-)
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    this thread is getting so interesting!!!!!!!

    for a long time i was fascinated by this vid and the instrument in it



    of course having just watched it again i am once more totally obsessed!!!

    i have just done some maths and i think the general equation for this discussion is

    one or more strings + some kind of box = an insane amount of fun + some form of instrument acquisition syndrome diagnosis

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    Quote Originally Posted by bird's eye view of my ukelele View Post
    this thread is getting so interesting!!!!!!!

    for a long time i was fascinated by this vid and the instrument in it



    of course having just watched it again i am once more totally obsessed!!!

    i have just done some maths and i think the general equation for this discussion is

    one or more strings + some kind of box = an insane amount of fun + some form of instrument acquisition syndrome diagnosis

    That video is mesmerizing!


    The instrument sounds kinda like a Japanese Shamisen, but an octave lower and looks kinda like a McNally Strumstick...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamisen
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWJrMA3zJ5o

    https://strumstick.com/

    As per your wonderful and expert maths, I think that as musicians we are all prone to this fretted and fretless noisemaking addiction to the point that it becomes an incurable (but not usually fatal) disease - a disease of obsession...

    and one that I welcome to consume me and take over my life, sacrificing all else

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    Quote Originally Posted by MolegripVonMousetrouser View Post
    Timple - The sort from the Canary Isles.
    Ding ding ding! We have a winner! And thanks for the video. When the singer started, I got goosebumps. Brought back such memories. When I lived there in my twenties, even though I played in the symphony orchestras, I liked to go to the folklore events and take in the local music, which I found fascinating.. When I left, I lamented not having many good recordings, but then much later, YouTube happened. Yay!

    Now there is this amazing guy, who wasn't even born yet when I was over there, who is putting an updated and virtuosic life into the timple and the canciones tipicas canarias. (I'll just put some links so as to avoid further thread hijacking.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEw44Zb3h2I
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtqthqdBG6A
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56bBYZ2s94A

    Maybe the timple is so uke-ish because the Canaries are like Spain's Hawaii? I wonder!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bird's eye view of my ukelele View Post

    for a long time i was fascinated by this vid and the instrument in it



    of course having just watched it again i am once more totally obsessed!!!

    i have just done some maths and i think the general equation for this discussion is

    one or more strings + some kind of box = an insane amount of fun + some form of instrument acquisition syndrome diagnosis
    THAT VIDEO IS AMAZING!!!! Thank you SO much for sharing it, BEV!

    I agree with your equation too!



    Quote Originally Posted by Booli View Post

    That video is mesmerizing!


    The instrument sounds kinda like a Japanese Shamisen, but an octave lower and looks kinda like a McNally Strumstick...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamisen
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWJrMA3zJ5o

    https://strumstick.com/

    As per your wonderful and expert maths, I think that as musicians we are all prone to this fretted and fretless noisemaking addiction to the point that it becomes an incurable (but not usually fatal) disease - a disease of obsession...

    and one that I welcome to consume me and take over my life, sacrificing all else
    MORE instruments to check out!! Thank you, Booli!!

    Quote Originally Posted by bratsche View Post
    Ding ding ding! We have a winner! And thanks for the video. When the singer started, I got goosebumps. Brought back such memories. When I lived there in my twenties, even though I played in the symphony orchestras, I liked to go to the folklore events and take in the local music, which I found fascinating.. When I left, I lamented not having many good recordings, but then much later, YouTube happened. Yay!

    Now there is this amazing guy, who wasn't even born yet when I was over there, who is putting an updated and virtuosic life into the timple and the canciones tipicas canarias. (I'll just put some links so as to avoid further thread hijacking.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEw44Zb3h2I
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtqthqdBG6A
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56bBYZ2s94A

    Maybe the timple is so uke-ish because the Canaries are like Spain's Hawaii? I wonder!

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    Hi Bratsche! Do I get a prize?

    I knew it was a Timple because, by a weird coincidence, my friend who made the "Argentinian Bandersnatch Squillum" (!) got a Timple recently and when I popped around yesterday to talk about converting a U-Tar to a 6 string ukulele - there he was practicing his Timple strokes! When I came back and checked in to UU, I saw your teaser!

    I like the idea that the Canaries are like "Spain's Hawaii"! However . . . maybe the link is more between Madeira, where the "parents" of the ukulele emigrated from to Hawaii? Not so far from the Canary Isles :-)


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macaronesia
    2017-08-04 Macaronesia_location Canaries Madeira Azores.jpg

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    I am learning so MUCH from this thread now.

    @MvM and bratsche - thank you for contributing all of the great, new info...

    I have lots of homework and study to do for learning about these new instruments, as it seems my understanding of how the ukulele came to Hawaii via the Ravenscrag from Portugal, has been incomplete in terms of the other divergent paths of a shorter-scale (than guitar) similar instruments...

    Literally, it is a WHOLE new WORLD to explore!

    Life seems even shorter now, for I want to be able to try, and to play them all...and fear that I'll not have enough time.

    /sigh/

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    Quote Originally Posted by MolegripVonMousetrouser View Post
    Hi Bratsche! Do I get a prize?
    Yes! You have won "bragging rights"!

    I knew it was a Timple because, by a weird coincidence, my friend who made the "Argentinian Bandersnatch Squillum" (!) got a Timple recently and when I popped around yesterday to talk about converting a U-Tar to a 6 string ukulele - there he was practicing his Timple strokes! When I came back and checked in to UU, I saw your teaser!
    And here I thought you had been in the Canaries too! There were a lot of British tourists and expatriates when I was there, where I lived and in the orchestras I played in.

    I like the idea that the Canaries are like "Spain's Hawaii"! However . . . maybe the link is more between Madeira, where the "parents" of the ukulele emigrated from to Hawaii? Not so far from the Canary Isles :-)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macaronesia
    2017-08-04 Macaronesia_location Canaries Madeira Azores.jpg
    Well, Madeira can certainly be Portugal's Hawaii, then! The Canaries as Spain's Hawaii analogy hit me because they're more southern and tropical. Also the volcanoes, black sand beaches, rich cultural traditions, and the people's fiercely independent pride and distinction from the mainlanders. I don't know how much of that describes Madeira as well (never having visited), and I never knew it was also an archipelago. I also never heard of Macaronesia as a sort of "umbrella archipelago" encompassing all those different ones. This is certainly an educational forum!

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