Early Guitars and Vihuela

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Andrew Hartig
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Whole-number ratios for soundboard barring?
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For Sale: 4c Renaissance guitar by Edward Rusnak (2002), $1200 USD

Mr. Rusnak based this instrument outline on the Dias guitar but built it with a slightly deeper body than most renaissance guitars for a fuller tone. Back, sides, and neck of figured maple; ebony fingerboard; spruce top with double purfling with a diamond pattern near the neck and heel; pearwood rosette. 8 pegs allow you the option of stringing the first course as single or double strings.The instrument comes with a simple, coffin-style case built by Mr. Rusnak.$1200 USD plus shipping. I'd…See More
Aug 15, 2016
David Norton and Andrew Hartig are now friends
Jan 11, 2016
Andrew Hartig replied to David Norton's discussion WTB: 4-course renaissance guitar
"I may have one for you. I just sent a friend request in order to message you."
Jan 11, 2016
Andrew Hartig replied to Xavier Dominguez's discussion Medieval citole for sale
"Price? Location?"
Sep 26, 2014
Andrew Hartig replied to Tuomas Rauramaa's discussion Music for guitar&clavichord
"I already posted this on the lute forum but thought I'd copy it here for the benefit of those who aren't on it. I'd only add that the vihuela duets should use vihuela! I have a 3-disc clavichord album by Rene Clemencic on which he…"
Jul 2, 2012
Andrew Hartig replied to Bill Samson's discussion Renaissance guitar technique?
"High octave strings closest to the floor, as one holds the instrument for playing. (If facing the instrument and holding it vertically, strings to the right -- lute-wise.) Iconography (most? all?) shows the same. I'll have to recheck Vreedman,…"
Mar 27, 2012
Andrew Hartig replied to Bill Samson's discussion Renaissance guitar technique?
"Monica, I will double check, but I am 99.99% certain that Vreedman calls for octave strings on the 4th course as well as the 3rd course (though the woodcut of the fb does not show it!). Almost all of the iconography (paintings, woodcuts, drawings)…"
Mar 27, 2012
Andrew Hartig replied to Bill Samson's discussion Renaissance guitar technique?
"I think we may have a difference in notation of octaves (do you start at a or c?). At any rate, there is no "low octave" on the 4th course, and it is indeed re-entrant. This diagram may help: AMH"
Mar 27, 2012

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At 0:12 on March 19, 2012, Daniel Betsill said…

Hey, Andrew!  I finally signed up for this group too because I have not one but two prospective vihuela customers.  need to start doing the research.  I'll be ordering some cittern strings from you in a couple of months when i finish this daSalo i'm working on.  haven't had time to surf the cittern site in about a year now!

At 9:05 on June 7, 2011, Edward C. Yong said…

here we are: http://www.thomann.de/gb/thomann_cister.htm


i've been wanting a cittern to fool around with for ages, and the price of this is really low...

At 6:22 on June 7, 2011, Edward C. Yong said…
hi Mr Hartig! since you're the cittern man, could i ask your opinion of the Thomann cittern?
At 1:03 on August 18, 2010, Juan Sotomayor said…
Hi Andrew:
Good to see you. Thanks for all the help you gave me. I judt made a Lawrence Wright discovery. An instrument that has been identified since 1910 as a is really a vihuela varient.
Best wishes,
At 4:15 on February 18, 2010, Jim Washburn said…
Not playing lute these days, but it would be fun to attend one of the events, if a not-currently-lutenizing interloper can be tolerated ;-)
At 19:54 on February 17, 2010, Jim Washburn said…
Greetings Andrew,

Yes, I was a small part of the lute 'scene' that was going on in the S.F. area, in the '90s, with Mike Peterson and David Tayler being especially active in organizing events. I am sure we have met or anyway been at the same lute-related event, at one time or another ...

At 16:40 on April 11, 2009, pat o'brien said…
Vienna. More when I have time...
At 23:50 on September 15, 2008, Alexander Batov said…
Thank you very much, Andrew. I have a bit more of material to add to that page (as well as to the others) but I'm really short of time to get it all done. Let me just say that your cittern site is absolutely brilliant in all respects and I always enjoy visiting it from time to time. Keep up the good work!

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