"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…"
"Yes. I bought a few fair lengths of their gut, actually quite a lot. Sounds perfectly good to my ears and I've tried most (but not quite all) of the world's gut string suppliers. I also tried it on a violin, running up against an expensive…"
"I have one of the Voboam drawings, which I purchased some 15 years ago. The print was a little faint even when it was new. It's probably in worse condition now. I'll have to dig it out and see what it's like."
"Perhaps you just need to spend a bit more time getting accustomed to holding the instrument with the use of a strap whilst consciously trying to avoid supporting the neck with the left hand. The Neck resting on the base of the index finger might be…"