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APC Musical Instruments, a family firm founded in 1976 by Antonio Pinto de Carvalho, is the largest manufacturer of musical instruments in Portugal, located in the city of Braga, the historic centre of which I had the pleasure of visiting briefly last autumn en route back from Santiago de Compostela to Porto Airport.
Main retail outlet for a range of their "Instruments of the World" is Moloney Music in Galway.
Their current price for the MOC305 Cedar Octave Mandolin is 375 Euros + 79 Euros for the APC Pod Case + shipping.
Information on both of these websites is very limited, but the Moloney Music site includes the following:- "The Cedar top on this model produces a warm tone. Solid Cedar Top. Sapele Back & Sides. Ovankol Fingerboard. Adjustable Truss Rod."
Stock Number: VTGC1053.
Inside label reads:- APC - Antonio Pinto de Carvalho - Instrumentos Musicais - Since 1976 - Mod. MOC305 C WAL - Num. 5030487 - WWW.APC-INSTRUMENTS.COM - MADE IN PORTUGAL.
Extract from "Folk Musician - Instruments" website - https://www.folkmusician.com/blogs/mandolin/octave-mandolin-vs-mandola
WHAT IS AN OCTAVE MANDOLIN?
It is a mandolin that is tuned one octave below a standard mandolin. To make this possible, the octave mandolin is significantly larger and uses heavier strings. It is tuned one GDAE, just like a regular mandolin.
The scale length is longer and it is more like playing a guitar. The technique is also slightly different due to the low string tension and styles of music they tend to be used in.
WHAT IS A MANDOLA?
A mandola falls somewhere in-between a mandolin and octave mandolin as far as overall size. It is tuned one fifth below a mandolin. The tuning is CGDA, or the same as a viola. A octave mandolin is tuned one fourth below the mandola.
WHICH ONE IS BEST?
Most players picking up an Octave mandolin or mandola will more than likely own a mandolin already. If so, either one will be easy to adapt to. The octave because it is tuned the same, the mandola because it is closer to mandolin in size, and the same basic scale patterns work, you just need to match the key.
Octave is more popular than mandola. It would be common in Irish and Celtic music. If you are on the fence, we would suggest Octave first, then consider Mandola later.
Scale length: 563mm./22.2", which is longer than many Octave Mandolins, on 19 fret fingerboard, which is typical, Nut Width: 39mm./1.5". Alternate Octave Mandolin tunings of GDAD and ADAD are often employed by Celtic musicians.
Virtually unmarked, and effectively as new condition. Set-up will be checked, and adjusted as necessary.
The action at the 12th. fret is around 2.75mm./3mm., which is quite satisfactory for a slightly over 22" scale Octave Mandolin, which plays very nicely indeed.
It is shown in the photos with existing rather old Phosphor Bronze strings,and I have a set of strings.....Eagle-Puretone Octave Mandolin 12/12, 24w/24w, 36w/36w, 48w/48 - Type = Loop Nickel....on order from the excellent Eagle Music Shop in Huddersfield, which will be fitted prior to sale.
The guitar comes in a dedicated APC branded Pod Case in excellent, near new condition.