"I've just noticed this old posting.
Pure speculation of course, but it may be a German invented instrument based very roughly on the Peruvian charango but with six courses rather than the usual five. The trade name Yambras (see label)…"
"Yes - the mandora is louder than a 'baroque' lute - partly due to higher string tensions possible (since fewer courses) but also the use of overwound strings from the earliest (partly the reason I've previously suggested which allowed…"
"Thanks for this. I was able to open the files and save them for further reference. I don't have a 6-course guitar but your realization looks very convincing. Thanks for the link to Zincke as well. I enjoyed listening to it. The mandora is quite…"
Good to hear from you. Here are the files again (I hope!). The first two are scans of the MS with my (presumed flags added - questionable and open to…"
"How funny that you should have raised this again at this point. Having time on my hands I have been going through my files deleting things I don't need any more. The one about this manuscript with your original message is one I decided to keep.…"
Over two years ago I posted this below on the Romantic Guitar site - it met with no response! I've now added to it and copied it here from the early romantic guitar forum. Now the advice to isolate ourselves as much as possible from viral contamination is general, it gives me time to look again at some of these loose threads - and maybe you too may find time to examine this very early music for the new fangled six course guitar in eighteenth century Spain.In addition to the questions posed…See More
"Over two years ago I posted this above - it met with no response!
But now the advice to isolate ourselves as much as possible is general it gives me time to look again at some of these loose threads - and maybe you too may find time to…"
"I have a Spanish baroque guitar that has an inscription on the head stock "La Guerrera de Cadiz 1761 that I suspect may be a Francisco Sanguino as it has 7 fan braces. The guitar was suffered the usual 19th century conversion to six strings…"
"The available commercial over-the-counter violin pegs are really rather too thick ('fat') for guitar (or lute) pegs.
A thinner shank makes fine tuning easier (ie a fraction of a turn on a thick peg stretches the string…"