1. NEW! - VTG OVERHAULED & SOLD QUICKLY! - OCTAVE MANDOLIN - ANTONIO PINTO DE CARVALHO MOC305, PORTUGUESE-MADE, SOLID CEDAR TOP + APC POD CASE - VTGC1053.
Flattop Octave Mandolin with Sapele Back & Sides, in Excellent, Virtually As New, unmarked condition, fitted front & back strap buttons.
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26/08/2019 - Selling on commission for a customer.

30/08/2019 - Sold quickly to buyer in N.Ireland!
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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.

https://apc-instruments.com/

Main retail outlet for a range of their "Instruments of the World" is Moloney Music in Galway.

https://www.moloneymusic.com/Products/Mandolin_Bouzouki_Family/Octave_Mandolins_Mandolas

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."
Description
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.
Condition
Virtually unmarked, and effectively as new condition. Set-up will be checked, and adjusted as necessary.
Action, strings & cases
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.

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Delivery details
PLEASE SEE THE DETAILS ON UK & EUROPEAN DELIVERY OPTIONS, INTERNATIONAL SALES, FEEDBACK & TESTIMONIALS, OTHER GUITARS, PICKUP INSTALLATIONS, ETC. SECTIONS OF THE TWO "BOXES" AT THE HEAD OF PAGE 1.....HEADED "AVAILABLE GUITARS INVENTORY & ARCHIVE" AND "SALES & GENERAL ENQUIRIES".

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I have not yet found any YouTube clips of APC Octave Mandolins, so have embedded clips of similar instruments, and added links below to some favourite music from OM players. Seems difficult to find many clips of similar similar bodied flattop Octaves, but have embedded one entitled "Folkfriends octave mandolin - Trinity style", for the time being.

Additional links feature other types of scroll & archtop Octaves, so as much for the reason that I like the playing/music, including Sarah Jarosz who for me absolutely stole the Transatlantic Sessions Tour gig at Birmingham Symphony Hall a few years back....not that her archtop Octave is prominent, but with the likes of Jerry Douglas & Russ Barenberg et al in close attendance....Transatlantic magic...and it's a Bob Dylan song too!
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Sierra Hull ~ Old Dangerfield ~ Octave Mandolin ~ WOW !!
Sarah Jarosz - Ring Them Bells (Transatlantic Sessions)
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