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silk strings
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Dear All,Can anyone help me find a new source of overspun silk strings? I have been using gut and overspun silk on a c1825 guitar for several years, and am very keen to continue to do so, but I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dr. Christopher Page Nov 26, 2013.

Guitar music in London, 1730

Dear All,Can anyone help with a curious reference of 1730 to guitar music? Any suggestions gratefully rerceived.In John Mottley’s comedy, The Widow Bewitch’d, published in 1730, one of the principal…Continue

Started Jan 17, 2012

'romantic' guitars
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Can I ask you all about the term, 'romantic' guitar? I appreciate that this expression is often (perhaps generally?) reserved for the period that opens when guitar music shows signs of developing a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hans Kockelmans Apr 26, 2011.

Guitars in England 1795-1835
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Does anybody have images of guitarists, that they will share with me, especially antique prints, engravings or lithographs produced in England from the end of the eighteenth century to about 1835?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dr. Christopher Page Jan 21, 2012.

 

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Dr. Christopher Page replied to Gavin Cawley's discussion Odd soundhole placement in renaissance guitars
"The print run was only 400!  Cambridge University Press tells me current sales are just over 220. Perhaps I might just mention her that I am completing the next volume of the study, which will be entitled The Guitar in Stuart England: A Social…"
Feb 27, 2016
Dr. Christopher Page replied to Gavin Cawley's discussion Odd soundhole placement in renaissance guitars
"The engraving reproduced is indeed from the border of a portrait of Robert Dudley. It appears in The Bishops' Bible of 1568. The reproduction is taken from p. 18 of my book on the Tudor guitar. The position of the soundhole is indeed…"
Dec 23, 2015
Dr. Christopher Page replied to Dr. Christopher Page's discussion silk strings
"When I started this thread, I was having terrible trouble. Four weeks ago, a sixth course of overwound silk broke after three days; I then repaired it, and it is still going!  At the moment, the problem seems to have subsided. I think I have…"
Nov 26, 2013
Lars Hedelius-Strikkertsen replied to Dr. Christopher Page's discussion silk strings
"Yes. About two weeks ago i recieved the strings. Since this stringmaker advocates for a thicker gauge the only string the could fit into the peghole on the bridge was the 4th string. And suddenly on the day three 4th string broke. All quite…"
Nov 26, 2013
Jelma van Amersfoort replied to Dr. Christopher Page's discussion silk strings
"Hi Lars... any news on the silk basses?"
Nov 25, 2013
Lars Hedelius-Strikkertsen replied to Dr. Christopher Page's discussion silk strings
"That's worth trying. I just made an order at this guy http://www.nrinstruments.demon.co.uk/ClGuSt.html who make silk strings. He also mention that the gauge, when using silk has to thicker than with nylon to avoid breakage. I will let you know…"
Oct 28, 2013
Yutthasak Komjornkijborworn replied to Dr. Christopher Page's discussion silk strings
"I meant Silk, sorry!"
Oct 28, 2013
Yutthasak Komjornkijborworn replied to Dr. Christopher Page's discussion silk strings
"I had the problem with Aquila gut too. The 6th String just kept breaking  several times. Can't figure out why. My teachers (Pugliese-Maccari) and all students use the string made in Italy by Toro (torostrings.it). Maybe you should try and…"
Oct 28, 2013
Dr. Christopher Page replied to Dr. Christopher Page's discussion silk strings
"Jan's message describes my experience exactly. It is so frustrating, for the balance of gut and silk is, in my view, perfect. The Aquila silk strings have a purring sound, I find, that does not linger too long, and they have what I can only…"
Oct 26, 2013
Jan Burgers replied to Dr. Christopher Page's discussion silk strings
"Hi everybody, A couple of weeks ago I started playing the gut & silk strings by Aquila, and I had the same experience as Christopher Page. With me it was the low E that broke after a couple of days, near the bridge (or rather, the metal winding…"
Oct 26, 2013
Jelma van Amersfoort replied to Dr. Christopher Page's discussion silk strings
"Dear Christopher, I see what you mean now. What I do is I use Hannabach extra low tension (modern)  basses. The tension fits very well with the gauges of the gut that I use. When the basses are new, they are a bit bright and don't combine…"
Oct 26, 2013
Lars Hedelius-Strikkertsen replied to Dr. Christopher Page's discussion silk strings
"Well. Since yesterday I have allways thought that i was playing with silk :-) when using Damians strings so i can not answer to that. But to me it makes sence that the silk is more suited to gut. I must try silk instead. I might try the last maker…"
Oct 26, 2013
Dr. Christopher Page replied to Dr. Christopher Page's discussion silk strings
"Thanks Jelma. My real problem is that I cannot find metal-wound strings with a nylon core that work for me. The problem is not that they are too loud - one can always develop a lighter thumb - but that they saturate the ear with high harmonics and…"
Oct 26, 2013
Jelma van Amersfoort replied to Dr. Christopher Page's discussion silk strings
"Maybe this can be a source of silk basses ( I had a student who had these basses on his guitar, they sounded good) http://www.nrinstruments.demon.co.uk/ClGuSt.html, although I am a bit suspicious about the very high tensions he…"
Oct 26, 2013
Dr. Christopher Page replied to Dr. Christopher Page's discussion silk strings
"I have heard a good deal (and all of it good) about Nick Baldock from Steve Barber. I will contact him. Thanks. PS I had heard there was some kind if hiatus in his work recently."
Oct 25, 2013
Lars Hedelius-Strikkertsen replied to Dr. Christopher Page's discussion silk strings
"So he must be making strings with silk"
Oct 25, 2013

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About me:
Having spent many years as a professional medievalist and musician, writing books, making recordings and teaching in the University of Cambridge, I have taken up the early Romantic guitar. I have a book planned on the Guitar iN England inn the time of the Romantic Poets, so 1795 (birth of Keats, first Chabran tutor) to 1935, a round figure and just after the death of Coleridge.
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At 15:16 on August 5, 2013, Stephen Kenyon said…

Dr Page, I just have to say how excellent it is to have you amongst the guitarists!  I was a huge fan of your BBC programmes and  Gothic Voices work and like to think I learnt a very great deal from all that.  It so happens I too am looking into Corbetta and his links with the English court.

May I very cheekily say I'm surprised your profile suggests Coleridge died anywhere near 1935...

At 10:11 on April 18, 2011, Jelma van Amersfoort said…

Hello Christopher, welcome to the Early Guitar & Vihuela website. Maybe you can fix your link, there seems to be one 'i' too many?

Regards, Jelma van Amersfoort

 
 
 

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