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    Yep, a Mandolele, half Uke, half Mandolin this is a new instrument as you will see from the youtube clip link, basically it was designed for Richard Harvey, who is also playing in the video clip he's playing the prototype, which is identical to the production model, which is what I am selling, it is a classic oval Mandolin shape but it has a wider neck and was designed specifically to be tuned Uke ( GCEA ) the strings are tune in pairs, this are pretty rare and only a few have been made, so you won't find many if any shops holding these in stock

    so the top two strings nearest to your head are

    wound low G/ steel high g - octave
    wound low C/ steel high c - octave
    wound low E/ steel high e - octave
    steel high a/a unison

    as Richard says in the video you can experiment with tuning for a different sound. link below

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaJ204JU3yY

    build quality is superb, it's cedar top back and sides and mahogany neck rosewood finger board, the gloss finish is beautiful, adjustable bridge/action very nice geared tuners, and ivoroid binding, front, back, soundhole and the finger board is also ivoroid bound.

    I can send or upload more pics if needed

    watch the youtube clip as Richard explains it much better, I paid 599
    but will take any decent offer, reason for sale is simply I have gone over to the dark side of classical guitar pretty much full time, I can and will post some images as soon as possible

    thanks Mark
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    pics uploaded, there a bit grainy, if it looks like a reflection it is, the Mandolele is spotless, zero marks or scratches, just lovely, I am seriously open to all offers, as the money is going into some Classical guitar tuition/lessons.

    thanks Mark

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    A smaller one would be insane!

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    Oh man, I've been dreaming about just such an instrument for a few years. I had no idea that someone was making them.

    What is the scale length, and what kind of strings do you use? When I tried to convert a cheap Chinese "Portuguese" mandola to this tuning, I used Greek bouzouki strings, because they had the right relationships (capo a Greek 'zouk at the 7th fret, and it is GCEA) and they were loop-end strings.

    - FiL

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    Hi FiL

    the strings are mandolin strings, it's basically a re-designed mandolin with a wider neck, all 4 high strings g,c,e,a are steel gauge 10
    low strings are G -gauge 36 C -gauge 24 E -gauge 24 or 22 it's very similar to playing a concert ukulele, forgot to say I can ship worldwide
    but need to location for quote.

    cheers Mark

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    Thanks for the answers, Mark. I didn't get it at first, but now it's clear: it's a mandolin outfitted to chord as a Uke. It sounds fantastic on the Youtube link.

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    Seriously guys and gals, make me an offer, it's got to go........

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    hardshell pod case is included, very sturdy hard case, faux fur lined, had a few enquiries, no takers as yet...

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    Hi Mark,

    A few more questions for you...

    Scale length? You said it was "similar to playing a concert". Does that mean it is concert scale?

    Nut width?

    Solid wood or laminate?

    How's the intonation?

    Do you any audio files of the actual instrument?

    - FiL

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    Hi FiL,

    Thanks for the questions and interest, intonation is great, I have tried a few sets of strings, and have it string with Elixir Mandolin strings at present
    I have attached a new photo which hopefully answers all the question on scale and the comparison to a concert uke, always happy to answer more questions.

    solid wood, cedar back, front, sides, and Mahogany neck I think, don't quote me, but it's definitely solid wood,
    solid pod mandolin case, similar to a hiscox
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