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London made guitar attributed to Longman c. 1810s when Sor was in London Preston

This is what many people mistake as by Preston. Plays and sounds well, fully restored. Condition a bit rough. Original case! please contact me for detailed photos, measurements etc. Buyer pays for…Continue

Tags: London, for, sale, guitar, century

Started Jul 10, 2021

Original 19th century guitar attributed to Guiot, Panormo model

Guiot (attributed) Long, but well, repaired back crack, replaced bridge, otherwise good, Rosewood back and sides, nice original tuners. 630mm. fanbraced Panormo 'Spanish' model No case £1,200Buyer…Continue

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Started Jul 10, 2021

original 19th century guitar by Louis Moitessier, Paris 1810
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Signed and dated by the maker. A really early 6-single string guitar. Mahogany back & sides.650mm, nut 46,  6th string 4mm 1st string 3.25 at 11th fret£2,500 inc hard case.Please contact me for…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jelma van Amersfoort Jul 15, 2021.


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James Westbrook replied to Martin Taylor's discussion Stauffer Style build
"Congratulations; you are obviously a very good craftsman. Would you consider staining the head veneer black to be more harmonious with the fingerboard and bridge? A different school, but I noticed that when the Cadiz makers of the late 18th to early…"
Aug 11
James Westbrook replied to Ian Salter's discussion NEW MEMBER REQUEST: GUITAR IDENTIFICATION.
"German made c. 1900"
Feb 10
James Westbrook replied to Greig Hutton's discussion UNUSUAL MARTIN GUITARS
"I’m guessing Greig found these terms in the Martin archives, Yes? Since I haven’t heard of these terms, I can only state the obvious: 1) Amadill guitar: this is surely reference to the charango made from the body of an Armadillo. Perhaps…"
Jul 23, 2021
Jelma van Amersfoort replied to James Westbrook's discussion original 19th century guitar by Louis Moitessier, Paris 1810
"Nice guitars, James!"
Jul 15, 2021
James Westbrook and Alejandro Baleta are now friends
Jul 15, 2021
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Jul 10, 2021
James Westbrook replied to Dr. Henner Kahlert's discussion Romantic guitars (Panormo) soundboard varnished
"David is usually spot on. So I would do what he suggests. But you can do what ever you like with the soundboard polish. There is no point in trying to replicate what they did, it's far too complicated and thick. The only important thing is a…"
Mar 2, 2021
James Westbrook replied to Dr. Henner Kahlert's discussion Romantic guitars (Panormo) soundboard varnished
"There are two distinct layers of different polishes. I cover this in my forthcoming book. But if it is urgent for you to know, please message me and I'll give you come details. j@theguitarmuseum.com "
Feb 28, 2021
James Westbrook replied to Jamie Ratcliffe's discussion Unknown Guitar Make??
"please email me and I'll share the information from my forth coming book. Or if you prefer take a look at the Gerard guitar at the RCM. jrw84@cam.ac.uk"
Feb 27, 2021
James Westbrook replied to Jamie Ratcliffe's discussion Unknown Guitar Make??
"It's by Joseph Gerard, London c. 1840"
Feb 27, 2021
James Westbrook replied to Christopher Davies's discussion Circa 1830 Lacote-style guitar for sale
"It's a nice Lacote school guitar: a good price for America, and should sell. But I am writing to you because I am interested in learning more about your Lyre guitar playing. Could we talk though j@theguitarmuseum.com please? thank you, James"
Dec 15, 2020
James Westbrook replied to Christopher Davies's discussion early romantic lyre guitar frets?
"I just wanted to add: I know many excellent guitarists who have been playing all their lives, who never adventure past the 12th fret, and don't feel the need to for the sort of music they play. I certainly wouldn't call them…"
Feb 23, 2020
James Westbrook replied to Christopher Davies's discussion early romantic lyre guitar frets?
"Looking at the date, the first '1' is attached to the '0' so my guess is the date is 1801. what the other '1' is anyone's guess. Perhaps 1=January? Perhaps the French took all the ones from the Austrian dates! (as…"
Feb 23, 2020
James Westbrook replied to Steve Metcalfe's discussion Help with identifying guitar.
"It was made in London around 1810. Probably by Longman, or some such company (but not Preston)."
Feb 3, 2020
James Westbrook replied to Jan Burgers's discussion original 19th-century guitar for sale
"It’s German made"
Nov 28, 2019

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At 10:53 on February 3, 2017, Alexander Jovanovic said…
No ... It was sold Last year .
At 8:24 on February 3, 2016, Peter Forrester said…

Pleased, James.

At 19:09 on October 18, 2014, Stuart C. Deutsch said…

Hi James, I heard from Steve Stein in San Francisco that you are completing a book about the luthier Jose Rubio. Please let me know where I can get a copy. All the best.

Stuart Deutsch

e-mail: <xodo54@yahoo.com>

At 22:50 on June 14, 2011, Mark Smith said…

Hi James,

I'm not sure whether you're a player or not, but if you are, would you be interested in playing some Baroque Guitar Duets? I live near Eastbourne, and have only recently begun to play this instrument.


Mark Smith 

At 15:37 on November 7, 2010, Monica Hall said…
I wish I had ...but I'm afraid not.! Hope Stephen can help but he and June were not on very friendly terms and she left him with an awful lot of clearing up to do! Monica
At 18:44 on November 6, 2010, Monica Hall said…
Hi James, All June's books and music went to the Hispanic Society of America. I don't know about the instruments but I would think they either went with the books or would have been sold by now. Her brother Stephen is still around. His E-mail seems to be Stephen@Yakeley.com and his phone no is 020 7609 9846. Monica
At 22:20 on November 5, 2010, pat o'brien said…
Oh, my!

As you probably know June Yakeley died here in the States in December 1999 while on her yearly visit to visit friends in the States about Christmastime. She said she was about to rewrite her will during that trip. I have no idea what happened to her instruments. I think much of her collection of books went to the Library of the Museum of the Hispanic Society here in NewYork. I suppose the bulk of her things went to her brother, who also lived in London. I can't even remember his name.

Perhaps her friend close Monica Hall would know what happened. I seem to remember she had bought some rather special instruments. Are you thinking of a particular one?

There is a bar in Manhattan I go to on the anniversary of her death each year to have a drink in her honor.


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