1920s Regal Octofone
One of the more interesting experiments to come out of
the Chicago-based Regal Company, the Octofone was advertised as
"Eight instruments in One".
What it really seems to be is a small body double-strung
But Regal claimed:
"The owner of the Octofone has the advantage of
combining eight different instruments in one, namely Tenor
Banjo, Tenor Guitar, Mandolin, Mandola, Mandocello, Ukulele,
Tiple and Taropatch. These changes are brought about by
variations in tuning"
This is the higher end of the Octofone models Regal
offered in the late 1920's
Not Poplar neck and Birch back and sides.
This one is Spruce top, Mahogany Neck, back and sides, with
upgraded inlay and wood marquetry.
if there is a higher model, I have never seen it.
Here is a
newer version that is being made today
Setup CcGgDDAA, with
octave C and G courses, it sounds superb, even with a high
action which is due to a loose heel joining the body.
The dowel style heel attachment
was its weakness because people would string them with
gauges that were too heavy for that style attaching method.
Or just old hide glue that let loose. Simple fix.
I will remedy this, dress the frets and
Someone will be very happy with this, if I decide I am not to be
that person :)
Body is tight, only the neck set is an issue
Neck loose - reset angle
That is the gap in the heel, that is not binding the flash is
After feeding in some fish glue, working the neck up and down to
squish it into the joint I have it in my vise, and and have
loosened the tongue to that it pulls the heel in.
The weight of a gallon of acetone and some number stamps will be
sufficient to hold it until it cures
I will then attach the tongue one the second phase.
Excess wiped, 12 hr set time
Out of the clamps and cured enough to do the tongue
Nice and tight.
Fed in the glue, light clampage, will wipe excess
Plays beautifully, sounds wonderful.
It will take some cajoling, to get this one out of my hands.
it is as light as a feather and very responsive.
It is as loud as it should be, and if you want more, I think
they make something called an AMP.
Theoretically, you could blow walls down with it, with enough