"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…"
"In terms of humidity we have faced a rather harsh Spring. At least we have in Northern Europe. I've been monitoring house room Humidity for near on 15 years and I've NEVER seen the humidity plummet as low as it has done in late March 2013.…"
"I agree with Michael although I generally use a lower action (ca 2.5mm, bottom of first string to top of 12th fret) on my replica early romantics than I would on a modern. But, as Michael points out, that does depend on a number of things…"
"I'm sure you know all this Martyn but for others benefit: Action is normally measured from the top of the fret to the underside of the string, 3.0 mm (high 'E') being an average for a modern Classical Guitar. Romantic Guitars usually…"
"I am facing the same problem. But i think its because of the belly that's been sinking a bit. It looks like it has sunk but i'm not sure.. I've been told that by raising the bridge a bit the problem is solved. havent tried it…"
I'd be grateful if members could let me know what string height they find best on the Early Romantic Guitar. To be specific: by string height I mean the distance required to depress the string to the fingerboard (not to the top of the fret - the usual 'action' measurement) at the 12th fret, for both the first and sixth string.I've fairly recently dug out my Grobert copy for a few shows and, as I start to pluck harder, I find I'm getting some string rattles (possibly on adjacent frets) in the…See More