Can anyone identify this instrument?

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Can anyone identify this instrument?

Postby Brendon Foley » Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:47 pm

This instrument was given to me as it had a broken head-stock. They told me it was a Taropatch but all the references I have found online say the taropatch is a gut/nylon strung instrument and this instrument was fitted with mandolin strings. It also has what looks to me like a mandolin tailpiece albeit very patinated. I though I'd post it here as I assume it was built in the Americas. I was told that it was bought off ebay from someone in Hawaii. It has the smallest fretwire I've ever seen; much smaller than the mandolin fretwire generally available nowadays. Can anyone help?
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Re: Can anyone identify this instrument?

Postby David King » Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:20 pm

The back looks like chestnut. 19th century missionaries had a habit of bringing all manner of non native plants and trees to Hawaii so I suppose it's possible. What's the scale length? That might be a clue. Also it's not impossible that it was restrung with whatever strings were available to whoever owned it.
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Re: Can anyone identify this instrument?

Postby Brendon Foley » Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:20 am

The Scale length is 13 inches. It has a floating bridge whereas the Martin taropatches had a fixed bridge. I forgot to mention that it has no label or markings on it. It's 1 & 1/8 inches wide at the nut. I guess it's possible that someone fitted it with mandolin strings at some stage; the soundboard has sunk a little which could be a clue...
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Re: Can anyone identify this instrument?

Postby Clay Schaeffer » Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:52 am

With 8 strings, a floating bridge, and a tailpiece, it is probably a mandolinetto.
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Re: Can anyone identify this instrument?

Postby Brendon Foley » Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:32 am

Yes, i'd definitely say it's a mandolinetto. Everything points to it being that. Thanks muchly Clay!
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Re: Can anyone identify this instrument?

Postby Randy Roberts » Sat May 12, 2018 2:31 pm

A taropatch is a type of ukulele.
A good description would be:
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q= ... B-aDYaJAUu

another:
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q ... Xfy7iX6R-V


I'd assume the floating bridge on this one was someones attempt to deal with the added stress on the top from using steel strings. Just my guess.
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