Anonymous French guitar by unknown makerFrench guitar, c. 1820-1850. This is a player's instrument, with excellent intonation and a wonderful sweet sound. Also very smart-looking. Comes with the original fitted wooden case (!) which is pretty but rather heavy. The scale is ca. 62.5 cm (24.6 inches) so very comfortable.I bought this instrument in London in 2012 (I think). The only thing I had fixed was the nut; is had been replaced by Sebastian Nuñez, who also adjusted the tuning pegs. The…See More
"Dear Bernie, thanks for the great images. What is your philosophy about the modifications you made to the original Renault & Chatelain design? I think you added a compensated bridge, widened the fingerboard and changed the inlay here and…"
I studied guitar with Tom Burmanje at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and with Gordon Crosskey at the RNCM in Manchester. Masterclasses with Leo Brouwer and David Russell. I graduated as a musicologist in 2013, with a thesis on the composer Pauline Duchambge (1776-1858). Currently I am working on a PhD thesis/dissertation about guitar culture in the 1700s (at the Uuniversity of Southampton, UK).
I have been playing 19th century guitars for about 20 years now, after spotting & buying a lovely Mirecourt guitar at a local auction. I have been performing on gut strings, without nails, right from the start. Among other instruments, I own a ca 1830 Franz Brunner (Vienna), a ca 1855 D & A Roudhloff (London), and a Enrique Recio (Cadiz) from 1862.
As a performer, I mostly accompany singers, such as Christopher Kale, tenor, Sigurd van Lommel, altus and Valeria Mignaco, soprano. I also enjoy playing instrumental chamber music. In recent years I played with Elly van Munster (guitar), and various string players. I teach early guitar, lute and ukulele.
Thanks, Jelma - I was recently invited by my multi-string friend Stanley Alexandrowicz, but I should have signed up long ago! I'm not sure what I can offer your group but a fascinated, appreciative audience. I'm (predominantly) a steel-string fingerstyle player, but dabble when I can a bit with everything in the Miner Museum.