I play my Dan Larson vihuela in G with several recorder playing friends and find myself wishing more and more for that low F. Rather than tune down and have to learn all new fingerings, I'd rather buy a 7-course instrument.
So far, I've had no luck with Google searches, except to find this group which is a great success in itself! Can anyone here help me locate such a beast?
Thank you, Jelma, for your response. I have looked at Sebastian's website and will contact him as you suggest. I hope to find an existing instrument for sale so I won't have to wait for one to be built for me, but, alas, that may not be possible.
Thank you also for your offer of friendship, which I have gladly accepted :-)
I will be making 7-course vihuela for one of my customers sometime later this year; a 59cm String Length instrument based on the 'Chambure' vihuela body. It has a fairly wide body width which suits 7-course configuration rather well. Just to get an idea what I mean, you can see some images of my 6-course 'Chambure' version here:
It's also worth to mention that the original 'Chambure' vihuela was converted, sometimes during its life, to 7-courses by addition of an extra slot in the bridge! So there is some good historical justification here.
A lower priced flat back version, if that's what you are looking for, is also possible.