I recently posted on the Mandolin Café forum that I was making a
“tenor and octave”. As Mandolin Café members are mainly
USA based, this caused some confusion, as Shaw said, England and America are two
countries separated by a common language!
In the UK the tenor mandola is the instrument which is
tuned to a fifth below the mandolin, in the same relationship as that of
the viola to
the violin but in USA it’s simply called a mandola. It makes perfect sense to me just to call
it a mandola, why use two words when one describes it accurately.
And of course many in the UK call the octave mandolin
(USA) an octave mandola, which doesn’t make much sense as it’s tuned an octave
below a mandolin and not a mandola!
This got me thinking about the naming of my
instruments; so below is Adrian’s mandola with all the construction work complete.
Labels: hand made, Luthier, mandola, tenor mandola