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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Any TIPLE players in the house?

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dlc - Posted - 10/16/2010:  22:35:43

Around the time I learned to play the banjo, I also had lots of fun playing the tiple.

The ten strings in an odd 2 - 3 - 3 - 2 course configuration seemed kinda strange at first, and kinda jangly, but I got to where I really liked the old-fashioned sound.

They were very popular at one time, and most major instrument makers had tiple lines. Here are a few available at eBay right now:

Every once in awhile I find antique photos of musicians with tiples in the picture. The late Rev. Grady Nutt, from Hee Haw, was the only tiple player I ever saw other than the guy who showed me how to play, and I've often wondered how many tiple players are still out there.

Anyone else have any experience with tiples; and if so, how do you use them?


BobTheGambler - Posted - 10/17/2010:  08:02:59

This video is pretty great:

rendesvous1840 - Posted - 10/17/2010:  09:51:07

One of the members of The Jumping Flea Ukulele Strummers plays a tiple. It's pretty close to a uke in sound, plus the jangle. I'd like pick one up myself if I found a decent affordable one. My wife would cringe at me having yet another toy, but she plays uke, so she could use it, too.

coelhoe - Posted - 10/17/2010:  12:33:03

It's an interesting instrument. Several years ago I was planning to visit relative in Australia and she contacted me to say that friends in a band there wanted to buy a Martin tiple that was for sale at Elderly Instruments. Could I have it sent to me and then bring it out with me on the plane? That way they could avoid both shipping and import liability. I was happy to do so, though now I cannot recall the names of the group or of the tiple player. I did have a couple of banjo players stop me in the LA airport to ask about the instrument in the odd sized case. The Martin version is tuned similar to a ukelele, though with ten strings 2-3-3-2.

I discovered later that there literally dozens of different tiple type instruments. For example, in Puerto Rico alone there are at least six different types.

un5trung - Posted - 10/18/2010:  11:55:32

My first thought was "where in the world does one find tiple strings?" and of course the answer is JustStrings:

Go figure --

Dr. Jug - Posted - 10/18/2010:  15:07:01

Originally posted by BobTheGambler

This video is pretty great:

You're not wrong, pal! That's one instrument that deserves more attention.

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