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GREAT MUSICAL CURIOSITY
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"GREAT MUSICAL CURIOSITY___An extraordinary improvement has just been made in the SPANISH GUITAR, till now considered as a mere musical toy. The new Guitar will rank among the most agreeable…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Edwards Jun 4.

 

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James Edwards replied to Larry Kellogg's discussion GREAT MUSICAL CURIOSITY
"The Kingham cases are great.  Let me know how you like the Bow Brand gut strings."
Jun 4
Larry Kellogg replied to Larry Kellogg's discussion GREAT MUSICAL CURIOSITY
"Hello James,    So, I went ahead and order a case from Kingham. Bob is a great guy to work with and my maker, Dr James Westbrook, was able to supply a plan and an outline view. I went with the red velvet interior and a blue leatherette…"
Jun 1
Larry Kellogg replied to Larry Kellogg's discussion GREAT MUSICAL CURIOSITY
"Thanks. I ordered a couple of the 800 sets and the superior tension Alabastros, I hope that's ok. Don't ask me what superior tension means. Next time, I'll try the 900s."
May 24
James Edwards replied to Larry Kellogg's discussion GREAT MUSICAL CURIOSITY
"Hi Larry, probably the Ambra 900's are the best choice, but the 800's and 2000's would work. I've tried all those on the guitar and it's just a matter of personal preference."
May 23
Larry Kellogg replied to Larry Kellogg's discussion GREAT MUSICAL CURIOSITY
"Hello James,    Ok, I've put in an order for the gut strings and will give them a try. How long do they last for you? As I recall, you said you play with nails.    What tension Aquila Ambra strings do I buy for the basses…"
May 23
James Edwards replied to Larry Kellogg's discussion GREAT MUSICAL CURIOSITY
"I don't have a link.  I emailed them with my order request through the contact information on their website."
May 19
Larry Kellogg replied to Larry Kellogg's discussion GREAT MUSICAL CURIOSITY
"Hello James, Could you post a link to where I could order 8 foot lengths of varnished gut strings directly from Brand? I can't seem to find it. Thanks!"
May 19
Larry Kellogg replied to Larry Kellogg's discussion GREAT MUSICAL CURIOSITY
"Hello James,    Thanks for weighing your case. I could probably live with a 6 pound case, not a 12 pound case, though. I did see the Karuna case, perhaps I'll go for that if I'm not happy with any other option.   …"
May 18
James Edwards replied to Larry Kellogg's discussion GREAT MUSICAL CURIOSITY
"Hi Larry, I weighed the Kingham case for my vihuela and it's 6.5 lbs; not as light as I thought.  The Karura case co. makes a carbon fiber classical guitar case that's under 6 lbs, and if it was customized to fit your smaller guitar,…"
May 18
James Edwards replied to Larry Kellogg's discussion GREAT MUSICAL CURIOSITY
"I play with nails and the varnished gut lasts longer; it's worth a try. My experience with Kingham cases is they are light. Perhaps the Colorado case co. could be helpful. Regarding pitch; I tend to keep it at a'=430 or lower."
May 18
Larry Kellogg replied to Larry Kellogg's discussion GREAT MUSICAL CURIOSITY
"Hello James,    The scale length is 640mm. I play with nails, and since I have two modern guitars that I play in rotation with this one, I'm not going to cut my nails off. I'll look into ordering the strings directly.…"
May 18
James Edwards replied to Larry Kellogg's discussion GREAT MUSICAL CURIOSITY
"Hi Larry, what is the string length of the guitar?  I order the natural harp gut (varnished) in 8ft. lengths which makes the price very reasonable.  If you play without nails the natural gut might be better.  I contact the company…"
May 17
Larry Kellogg replied to Larry Kellogg's discussion GREAT MUSICAL CURIOSITY
"Hello James,    Thanks for the information on strings, I will experiment. At the moment, I have it strung using normal tension strings at 440. I'm still trying to decide if I preferred the sound of it with high tension strings tuned…"
May 17
James Edwards replied to Larry Kellogg's discussion GREAT MUSICAL CURIOSITY
"I have a Roudhloff ca. 1848 for sale on this forum, with the x bracing; which is thin and light.  A 3/4 size classical guitar case might work; TKL makes one.  Describing sound is always tricky, but I think this guitar has a smoother sound…"
May 17
Michael. N. replied to Larry Kellogg's discussion GREAT MUSICAL CURIOSITY
"The Citterns were low tension for 'steel' strings but then again there are 10 of them. I have an original Preston (Longman) and I think I would describe the bracing as substantial. I've only seen the cittern X bracing in pictures but…"
May 15
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GREAT MUSICAL CURIOSITY

"GREAT MUSICAL CURIOSITY___An extraordinary improvement has just been made in the SPANISH GUITAR, till now considered as a mere musical toy. The new Guitar will rank among the most agreeable instruments; it is full of power, and the beauty and clearness of its tone, particularly in the high notes, strike the hearer with surprise. No Guitars are genuine, but those sold by the Inventor, H. BARELLI, 43, Great Titchfield-street, Marylebone, where the celebrated Patent Foreign Strings may be had.…See More
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At 22:51 on March 10, 2017, James Westbrook said…
Hi Larry. Yes I sold that straight away, but last week I finished another guitar. Please email me at j@theguitarmuseum.com And I can tell you more and attach photos. Thank you. James
 
 
 

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