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Tying nylon lute/baroque guitar frets
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Tonyyyy Jan 26, 2011.

Alan Clark: Anyone who knows someting about this luthier?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Alan Clark Jan 14, 2016.

My newly received baroque guitar from TiendasLatinas and Martin Zalapa!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Pascal St-Gelais May 4, 2014.


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I'm a retired Senior High School teacher with an MA-degree in History, Religion and English. I have been playing the guitar with irregular inactive intervals nearly all my life, I have never had any formal instruction, but have picked it up using several Teach Yourself books, esp. those of F. Noad. Thirty years ago I bought a Student Lute made by Alan Clarke, but have always found it a bit difficult to handle, the bowl slipping around in my lap etc. Therefore I bought a small vihuela two months ago, I like the guitar shape of this instrument better than the slippery bowl of the lute! I have an Alhambra 6c with Cedar top, and in two weeks I will get a new Loriente Clarita with Spruce top after having listened to the "expert reviewers" of Classical Guitar Forum. I do look forward to that! I have also converted my first smallish classic into a baroque guitar by installing 3 extra pegs and stringing it with baroque strings from Strings by Mail, and I think the result was good. I use the French tuning with octaves on the fourth course and unisons on the 5th and play Corbetta, de Visee. Sanz and others. But I wanted the real thing so 16 months ago ordered a Voboam from Luciano Faria of Brazil. It should have been ready for shipment in February but I am still waiting! So if anyone here knows something about Luciano, please let me know. 11 months ago I also ordered a Renaissance Guitar Kit from Giuseppe Tumiati of Italy, I was promised to get it before last Xmas, but now I am happy if I get before this year's Xmas! I also possess an Aria Sinsonido ,good for playing when other persons are to bed . I have a wife, 4 married daughters, one married son and 11 grandchildren. This in a nutshell the story of my life!

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At 5:04 on January 23, 2011, Steven Winiarski said…
Actually, I heat the gut with a soldering iron or the like while it is tied on . Obviously being really careful so as not to mar the finish on the neck. I will try to film a video and post it for a better description.
At 3:21 on January 22, 2011, Steven Winiarski said…
Thanks for the link.  Sounds great!  I have been looking at the TiendasLatinas Boutique site and noticed the baroque guitars are all somewhat different.  What kind of directions did you give the luthier?  I have sent him some questions but have not heard back yet.  I sent Luciano an email from a different address asking him if he is taking new orders.  He replied that he in not taking any orders at this point as he has 12 instruments to complete.   I hope ours is amongst those!
At 7:41 on December 4, 2010, duophon said…
Takk, det var kjekt å høyre! Lykke til med speling og nye instrument.
At 21:07 on December 3, 2010, duophon said…
Jøss, altgitarar er veldig kjekke! Eg spelte ein del før. Har du sett videoane mine på youtube? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zznoJFXa-oI&feature=related
God jul til deg og. Tom
At 18:37 on December 3, 2010, duophon said…
Hei, takk for info. Eg har ikkje sett beskjeden din før no. Så bra at du speler mykje! Er det noko nytt om Luciano sidan sist? Helsing Tom
At 12:18 on November 16, 2010, Geir Ove Myhre said…
Happy practising Harry! viva le norwege
At 4:36 on January 8, 2010, Emil Krasich said…
Hi Harry. That guitar is actually an anonymous American 19th century copy by Tim Laughlin (built in 1995) with a 150+ year old piece of spruce for the soundboard. Sounds and plays great but is currently getting a crack in the bridge repaired (those darn bridge pins are nothing but trouble). Glad to hear that you have some reassurance on your instrument.
At 14:46 on October 12, 2009, Kernoa Patrig said…
My e-mail is : patrig.kernoaAgmail.com (change A as @).
Takk, Patrig
At 11:00 on October 1, 2009, duophon said…
Hei Harry, då har du litt å halde på med mens du ventar:) Kjekt med nye instrumenter. Me snakkast. T
At 9:50 on October 1, 2009, duophon said…
Hei Harry, noko nytt frå vår venn i Brasil? Tom

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