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Jelma van Amersfoort
  • 53, Female
  • Amsterdam
  • Netherlands
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Original 19th century guitar for sale, excellent instrument
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jelma van Amersfoort Dec 24, 2018.

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Here's a live recording of Salvador Castro's Folías, on a gut strung Spanish guitar:

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Jelma van Amersfoort commented on Daniel Shoskes's video
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Mar 11
Jelma van Amersfoort replied to Scot Tremblay's discussion Asymmetry in 19th Century Guitar Shapes
"If the assymmetry does not affect the sound or playability why 'correct' it? There may have been a reason for the slight asymmetry that we have not figured out yet, or it may not have mattered very much for the historic maker and…"
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Jelma van Amersfoort replied to gilles T's discussion a great resource free to download
"Hi Gilles, you were right! It is possible to leave the email field blank and yet download the document. I am reading it right now. Thanks!"
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Jelma van Amersfoort replied to gilles T's discussion a great resource free to download
"The site asks for an email address before anything can be seen or accessed... also, staff notation?"
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Jelma van Amersfoort replied to Jelma van Amersfoort's discussion Original 19th century guitar for sale, excellent instrument
"Hello Michel, yes, it is still available. By "restauration by other reasons" I meant some guitarists want an instrument to look perfect, like new, other players care more about sound or playability. You can email me on…"
Dec 24, 2018

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About me:
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 about guitar culture in the 1700s (at the Uuniversity of Southampton, UK). I have published articles on guitar history in Early Music and TVNM.

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 teach guitar, lute and ukulele.

Email: jelmaa-at-gmail.com

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At 16:52 on October 29, 2018, Willem Feltkamp said…

bedankt! en tot ziens

At 14:08 on August 29, 2018, jamie akers said…


At 21:17 on August 15, 2018, Emma Rush said…

Hi Jelma! I’m looking for solo repertoire.

At 2:35 on October 23, 2017, Stephen Pickett said…

yes it was made by Alexander last year

At 11:22 on August 11, 2017, Patricia Butler said…

Thank you Jelma for welcoming me to your website. I have recently aquired my first early 19th century guitar after collecting several vintage Spanish guitars. I am eager to learn more about my latest addition and antique guitars in general. I cannot offer any knowledge on your site but look forward to gaining some knowledge. I will post some photos on the forum and look forward to receiving some information on my guitar. Thank again. Pat

At 22:30 on January 5, 2017, Leon de Kroes said…

Hoi Jelma, leuk om je hier te zien!. Hartelijke groet, Leon

At 20:03 on August 11, 2016, Guzman Ramos said…

Thank you Jelma!

At 4:36 on June 13, 2016, Ken Hartdegen said…

Thanks very much Jelma! Nice to hear from you; still getting it all set up....

At 17:48 on January 14, 2016, Alan Clark said…

Thank you!

Regards, Alan

At 8:20 on November 11, 2015, Marten Falk said…

Thank you very much!


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