Jim Yates
Jim Yates
@jim-yates
one month ago
45 posts

Strumelia,
It has a 16.25 inch scale.


Here it is next to a mandolin and a tenor ukulele.


Here it is next to a Filipino banduria, which has 14strings in 6 courses.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
one month ago
2,002 posts

It reminds me a bit of the Puerto Rican cuatro (which I used to play when I lived there many years ago). They both have ten strings, but the cuatro has 5 courses, arranged in pairs. It too is rather small, but your tiple looks as though it's even smaller, judging from the proportions with the tuning gears.




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Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
one month ago
1,870 posts

Very interesting Jim.  Seldom see a tiple, but I love the mandolin-uke sound they deliver.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
one month ago
2,002 posts

What is the scale length on your tiple? Looks to be quite short, maybe close to violin/mandolin scale?




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Jim Yates
Jim Yates
@jim-yates
one month ago
45 posts

 

Jim Yates
Jim Yates
@jim-yates
one month ago
45 posts

I bought a ten string Regal tiple, made in Chicago, at a yard sale a few years back.  I haven't used it much till COVID locked me in and I started taking part in a weekly ukulele get together.
The tiple has 4 courses of strings and I tune them gG-cCc-eEe-AA.  The saddle is not compensated, so playing far up the neck causes some sour notes, so I stick to the first 5 or 6 frets.
Any other tiplers on this site?

I'm not sure how to add a photo.