This time, I'm going to introduce the mandolin family. I'm also including some videos of solo performances to show the charm of each instrument!
If you're thinking "Wait, what is mandolin...?"please start with this blog post.
Past blog post "What is a mandolin like?"
Classical mandolins are now available at Sound House!
Not only mandolins, but also mandolas & mandoloncellos from the same mandolin family are available.
The smallest of the family, and has the same tuning as violin. You might have the impression that the mandolin has a sweet, woody, rolling sound, but it makes a delicate graceful, wet sound as well. The treble is like a taut thin thread, breathtakingly transparent.
The mandola is one size larger, and an octave lower than the mandolin. The deep bass sound that the mandolin can't make is fascinating, but I personally think the top feature of the mandola is its appealing treble. Tender, but firm, a sorrowful sound beyond words surges up every time I listen to it.
■ Mandoloncello (Mandocello)
The biggest one I'll introduce is the mandoloncello, also called mandocello. It's tuned a fifth lower than the mandola. As you can see in the video, it still looks big even with a man playing it! It's much larger than the mandolin. The rich sound, like a tenor's voice, with a powerful bass that reaches straight to the heart is attractive.
Also, there are the "liuto cantabile", which covers the range of the mandoloncello and the mandola, and the "mondolone", which has the lower range than the mandoloncello. But in general, the mandolin orchestra and ensemble consist of these 3 members of the mandolin family: "mandolins," "mandola," and "mandoloncello."
Did you feel the charms of each instrument?
We just launched the lineup of the classical mandolins, and will be enriching the available accessories such as strings and picks as well. Mandolin players, please stay tuned! To those who are not madolin players, please have a look at our mandolin page.
■Click here for our mandolin page!