A network for historic guitars and vihuelas
I would like to canvas some opinions on reproducing period instruments. Do we think its better to produce a clone of a certain instrument as closely as possible and in doing so capture as faithfull a version of an authentic sound as possible? Should shapes that appear accidental like assymetrical body shapes be copied exactly, or would a body shape reverse engineered from the original instrument which is most likely to have been the luthiers starting point actually be more faithful. Material choice is also another problem. Not all materials used in original instruments are readily available, one piece quartered top wood for example is not, in my experience that easy to find. Any thoughts on the topic greatly appreciated.
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I'll take a crack at this since no one else has chimed in. I'm not a professional luthier, but I have been studying the art for some time and have a kit build and one scratch build to my name so far. From what I can gather from what has been written by the pros, it seems to depend on the number of extant instruments for a particular given type. If one wants to build a romantic-era guitar for example, you can obtain drawings made from original instruments. If one wants to build a renaissance lute, that's a little different since most renaissance lutes still with us today were modified during the baroque era. As a result, many of the plans you see today are interpretations rather than copies of actual existing instruments.
In the case of vihuelas, just about everyone seems to build copies of the couple remaining original vihuelas. So regardless of the variety of body shapes and sizes that may have existed in the time when these instruments were in their hey-day, today we are left with copies of the few remaining ones and as builders, we wonder what else was out there back in the day.
Ok I'll shut up now and let the pros take over....
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