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David Smith
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Stephen Barber and Sandi Harris fire

Stephen Barber and Sandi Harris had a fire in their workshop last Sunday. They salvaged their workshop but their are significant losses for them. They have a Voboam guitar that was recently finished…Continue

Started Jun 20, 2014

Baroque Guitar Strings
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I just received a new Baroque Guitar from Barber and Harris. It is string with what I calculate to be between 1 and 3.3 kgm tension (the 1 being on the two bourdons on A and d). Do members have any…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Juan Pablo Pira Nov 24, 2017.


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Juan Pablo Pira replied to David Smith's discussion Baroque Guitar Strings
"Maybe it's just a matter of taste.   I use a lower tension on the octave strings and it works fine for me. Different guitars and different playing styles and repertoire might benefit from different kinds of setup."
Nov 24, 2017
Pavao Sever replied to David Smith's discussion Baroque Guitar Strings
"Hi Diego, I was under the impression that usually the octave strings should have a little bit lower tension than their fundamental string. I can see you string your instrument the opposite way. It would be interesting to hear what the effects and…"
Nov 1, 2017

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