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Review: El Tiple Puertorrqueno: Historia, Manual y Método by José Reyes-Zamora

Review: El Tiple Puertorrqueno: Historia, Manual y Método by José Reyes-Zamora

Reviewed by C.F. Casey

Originally published in American Lutherie #81, 2005 and Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume Seven, 2015



El Tiple Puertorriqueño: Historia, Manual y Método
José Reyes-Zamora
ISBN: 0-942347-55-2
Ediciones Puerto, Inc., 211pp., 2002
www.edicionespuerto.com

The tiple. Oh, yeah, that’s that South American instrument, like a guitar but triple-strung. I remember repairing one that had a soundbox made from an armadillo shell, like a charango. Then there was the adaptation that Martin came up with, putting tiple-type stringing onto a ukulele (see GAL Instrument Plan #37 and article by Jorge Gonzalez in AL #39, BRBAL4). And one time I came across an old bowl-back mandolin that had twelve strings, arranged tiple-fashion. Yeah... the tiple.

Forget all that.

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