I should have said, yes, it was modelled on a Strad violin, though I don't know which one. I used the outline plans that came with an American book on violin making, written by Joseph Reid. I still have it. He…"
"Hi Alan. Many thanks for this. It’s good to learn something about the instrument and the maker. I too have made reference to Eph Segerman’s research and tried an equal tension set of very heavy Italian style strings on your violin.…"
"Hello Geoff. It is good to hear that an instrument I built over forty years ago is still bearing up, and giving pleasure to its owner.
You will gather from my previous post that I wasn't a violin maker. I only ever made two;…"
"Hi Alan. I have a baroque violin (bought second hand) with a label Alan Clark, Blythe Bridge, 1979. It has a lovely tone and a beautiful one piece back. I use heavy NRI gut strings (with roped catline g & d) and a baroque bow by Ken Cameron,…"
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!
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.
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!
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.