minstrel: mandolin

nickolas kaugon ollaimh at yahoo.com
Mon May 16 18:13:08 PDT 2005


medieval mandolins were of the round back variety. the
italians still make them with the friction pegs but
they are rare as most people don't want the bother.
they were made lighter then a modern mandolin and
except for the late rennaisance the strings were
significantly lightera as they didn't have over wound
strings untill the mid to late rennaisance. 

the ancestor was the turkish saz and it's cousins.
they had a soprano variant as did the greek
bouzouki--they are both still played.

i usually play cittern rather than mandolin at events
as it's more period, however most people wouldn't
object to a round back mandilon

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