"Well, and I hope this isn't a trick question, if 'tuned a perfect 4th higher than standard' and the 'standard' (or commoner) nominal tuning is first course e', then you are looking at a first course in…"
"It seems to me that in Italy in the early 1600s five course guitars often (but not always) had fairly short string lengths ie in the low 60s cm, but by the end of the century longer lengths became more common throughout guitar playing Europe (ie…"
When I said 'I wonder if this instrument is from around 1800' , I was in fact intending to say that I was questioning the view that it was from around 1800! As you'll see from later in my note, I suspect any date…"
As Stewart says, an interesting project. Is Karagantcheff's his music anything like that of the 19th century Decker-Schenk (1826 - 1899) who seemed to have a significant influence in Russia in the later part of…"
"In German speaking Lands - essentially the German states and Austria - the mandora (aka gallichon) bridges the gap between baroque and early romantic music and it's tuning is mostly identical with that of the 6 string guitar guitar; tho'…"
"Further to this and our recent emails, there are also decent photos of the instrument in the 1977 published book 'GUITARS.....' by Tom and Mary Anne Evans. Page 22 has front, side and back views. Evans gives the string…"
"Dear Martyn Pane,
Ward's extended paper (comprising 214 pages - the whole of LSJ XXI!) gives much of the information you seek about Playford's 1652 publication. You can obtain a copy from the Lute Society.
"Quite right Peter - a slip of my finger (or brain.....). And I do know L. speaks of wire strung and describes a cittern shaped instrument - but I still have a nagging worry that the small gut strung guitar/gittern may have been…"
"Dear Martyn - ,
The point Ward (and Peter Forrester) makes is that by Playford's time the memory of the old small waisted guitar had gone to be replaced by a gut strung cittern shaped instrument. If you read our earlier exchanges…"
Many thanks for this and advance apologies for my dimness in this area where you are one of the undoubted authorities.
As far as I'm aware, Ward's extended paper in LSJ XXI is still a recognised good secondary source and…"
"Many thanks Peter.
I had assumed, because of the tuning mentioned, that Andrew Penwright was interested in the early gut string instrument; hence my observation - but I may be wrong!
Regarding Playford, I'm not sure there is a direct link…"
"Modern Classical Guitars are built with a dome to the soundboard, you might call that convex. Romantic Guitars are made with a soundboard that is flat. Even without ever putting on strings, the Romantic Guitar Top will become slightly concave. The…"
"regarding the sinking of the belly between the soundhole and the bridge. Can that also be caused by too high a tension on the strings. I've graduatly been using a bit higer tension than I used to do, but can the tension pull the brigde towards…"