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Martyn Hodgson
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Colour of forum presentation
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Martyn Hodgson Feb 10, 2021.

Realisation of some eighteenth century Spanish six course guitar tablature
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Martyn Hodgson Mar 23, 2020.

Early six course Spanish guitar: fretting and stringing
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Martyn Hodgson Jan 14, 2019.

 

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Martyn Hodgson commented on mel's photo
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Genuine or Not?

"Provenance?"
Jan 20
Martyn Hodgson replied to Bernhard Hofstötter's discussion Valdambrini´s libro secondo
"Dear Bernhardt, I have a photocopy of V's LIBRO SECONDO (Roma 1647) which I could photocopy again and send by ordinary surface mail to you. My copy is poor (many pages are very dark and difficult to make out) and my scanner is very slow and…"
Oct 22, 2021
Martyn Hodgson commented on Bernhard Hofstötter's video
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A guitar from the workshop of Matteo Sellas, Venice c. 1640 (Bernhard Hofstötter)

"My dear Bernhard, Thank you for this and I'm sorry I did not explain matters to you with greater care. What I wished to say was since you agree that 'Clearly, the absence of a piece of wood could not possibly indicate anyone's…"
Aug 30, 2021
Martyn Hodgson commented on Bernhard Hofstötter's video
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A guitar from the workshop of Matteo Sellas, Venice c. 1640 (Bernhard Hofstötter)

"My dear Bernhard, Hurrah! - I think we are now agreed: in short, there is no more reason to attribute this instrument to Sellas than to any other Italian maker of the era. Perhaps any future liner notes, marketing, etc should make this…"
Aug 24, 2021
Martyn Hodgson commented on Bernhard Hofstötter's video
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A guitar from the workshop of Matteo Sellas, Venice c. 1640 (Bernhard Hofstötter)

"My dear Bernhard, Many thanks for your further clarification. It seems that the only outstanding substantive matter between us is about whether a missing(?) piece of wood can be said to strongly indicate that the instrument was by Sellas as some…"
Aug 23, 2021
Martyn Hodgson commented on Bernhard Hofstötter's video
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A guitar from the workshop of Matteo Sellas, Venice c. 1640 (Bernhard Hofstötter)

"Dear Bernhard, I'll try and answer your own questions: 1. Do you mean to say it could be a Stradivari? No, but it could be a seventeenth century Italian instrument by any other maker than Sellas. Strad's patterns and shape are…"
Aug 17, 2021
Martyn Hodgson commented on Thomas Schmitt's video
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Antonio Abreu, "el portugués" (ca. 1800), Sonata en Sol (T. Schmitt, guitar)

"Dear Tom, Many thanks - I should have liked to hear you play them on an instrument with ocatve basses - either just the sicth, fifth and sixth or all three. In practice  I prefer to use octaves (like Vargas y Guzmán) on all three…"
Aug 8, 2021
Martyn Hodgson commented on Thomas Schmitt's video
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Antonio Abreu, "el portugués" (ca. 1800), Sonata en Sol (T. Schmitt, guitar)

"Dear Thomas, Very nice. I'm familiar with these works and much imprewssed by your playing of them and the velocity! Just one thing: as you'll know they were conceived for the six course guitar with octaves on the basses (and on the…"
Aug 7, 2021
Martyn Hodgson replied to Rainer Luckhardt's discussion Platano's LIBRO PRIMO - just published by the german lute society
"Dear Rainer, Your modern version does, indeed, appear very close to the original. Thank you for the clarification. It is regrettable that the custodians of our heritage insist on payment for simply reproducing images in their care - I suppose they…"
Aug 5, 2021
Martyn Hodgson replied to Mark Hoemmen's discussion Building a "common string set" for renaissance guitar, baroque guitar, and viola da mano?
"Dear Mark, As suggested, simply calculate the strings required for each instrument based on the tuning, the string length and string tension you would like and order strings accordingly. Most strings will last indefinitely (except for the first…"
Aug 5, 2021
Martyn Hodgson replied to Rainer Luckhardt's discussion Platano's LIBRO PRIMO - just published by the german lute society
"Dear Rainer, Thank you for the speciman page. I didn't at first realise the original had been rewritten in a modern hand and had expected a facsimile edition. Is the source document so very poor as to require the new version? regards Martyn"
Aug 3, 2021
Martyn Hodgson replied to Mark Hoemmen's discussion Building a "common string set" for renaissance guitar, baroque guitar, and viola da mano?
"Dear Mark Hoemmen, I presume this is a serious query so will respond in kind. It all depends on the nominal tuning of the instruments (ie of the four course guitar/ukulele as well as the others) and on the tension you require. One could, indeed,…"
Aug 3, 2021
Martyn Hodgson commented on Bernhard Hofstötter's video
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A guitar from the workshop of Matteo Sellas, Venice c. 1640 (Bernhard Hofstötter)

"Dear Bernhard, Many thanks for these links. I had, in fact, already seen them and it was the paucity of actual objective evidence contained in them which led me to contact you directly. In my view, on the available evidence of the general…"
Aug 1, 2021
Martyn Hodgson commented on Bernhard Hofstötter's video
Aug 1, 2021
Martyn Hodgson commented on Bernhard Hofstötter's video
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A guitar from the workshop of Matteo Sellas, Venice c. 1640 (Bernhard Hofstötter)

"Dear Bernhard, Is the instrument signed or are there any objective indications that it's 'from the workshop of Matteo Sellas'?  The inlays, general shape, peghead design, decoration, rose, bridge design etc look much the same as…"
Jul 30, 2021
Martyn Hodgson replied to Rainer Luckhardt's discussion Platano's LIBRO PRIMO - just published by the german lute society
"Dear Rainer, Do you have any specimen pages of this I could see? Martyn"
Jul 29, 2021

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At 19:28 on March 19, 2015, Monica Hall said…

Martyn - I sent you a couple of e-mails which you haven't replied to.  One was sent back by your SP - unable to deliver.   Do you know what the problem is?

 
 
 

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