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Peter Forrester
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Peter Forrester replied to Martyn Hodgson's discussion Stringing of the early four course guitar (again......)
"Third course octaves were discussed, as both Martyn and Monica will know, a very long time ago. My suggestion then was that the two well-known woodcuts from Morlaye and Phalese/Mersenne show guitars of necessarily(?) similar-sized bodies, but with…"
Aug 30, 2017
Peter Forrester replied to Davide Bortolai's discussion baroque guitar historical models
"It is 30 years since I looked seriously at guitar string lengths, but I did measure some which are relevant. The Stegher in Dean Castle, Kilmarnock is 73.8, Ashmolean Stradivari 73.9, V&A Tielke 72, but Harvey Hope used to own a slightly larger…"
Oct 27, 2016
Peter Forrester commented on Gavin Cawley's photo

peghead veneered

"It has happened on cittern.ning before. Could it be something to do with ning?"
Oct 17, 2016
Peter Forrester replied to Juan Pablo Pira's discussion Minguet e Yrol
"I don't know if it is the complete work, but a reprint was published by Minkoff in1981, which you may be able to find. It contains a title page, six more pages and a page of tunings, examples, etc. for the bandurria. For the cittern (cithara…"
Jul 25, 2016
James Blake and Peter Forrester are now friends
Jul 6, 2016
Peter Forrester replied to James Blake's discussion Vermeer's painting The Guitar Player
"I don't think it quite answers any of your questions, but may I suggest that my little article - 'What is wrong with Vermeer's guitar?' - in FoMRHI Quarterly, bulletin 110, November 2008, p. 20 is probably relevant. All, except…"
Jul 3, 2016
Peter Forrester left a comment for James Westbrook
"Pleased, James."
Feb 3, 2016
Peter Forrester and James Westbrook are now friends
Feb 3, 2016
Peter Forrester replied to Antonio Hernández's discussion Parchment preparation?
"It sounds as though you have skin suitable for drums?  Much will depend on the glue you are going to use, and although I've made a lot of roses, I've never found the ideal glue. You could experiment with any scrap areas.  Glue…"
Jan 26, 2016
Peter Forrester replied to Gavin Cawley's discussion Odd soundhole placement in renaissance guitars
"Apologies for quality - an (accidental) flash photo taken when the overmantel was in a very dark area of the, now destroyed, musical instrument collection of the V&A.  The overmantel is now more visible in the historical interiors section."
Oct 31, 2015
Peter Forrester replied to Gavin Cawley's discussion Odd soundhole placement in renaissance guitars
"You will know that there are many lute depictions which have similarly placed roses, and which are (almost!) all regarded as artists' error.  If it had been only the Dudley representation I think we could definitely have placed it in the…"
Oct 31, 2015
Peter Forrester left a comment for Bill Good
"Hi Bill,  I'll try to sort out some pictures for you and put them up - have been meaning to for ages.  It might actually be better if they went to the cittern site.  Being wire strung and with similar frets, bandoras can be…"
Oct 27, 2015
Peter Forrester and Bill Good are now friends
Oct 27, 2015
Peter Forrester replied to Gavin Cawley's discussion Baroque guitar neck/body joint advice
"Not quite an answer to your question, but I'd recommend a wedge-shaped fingerboard, perhaps a couple of mm thicker at the nut than where it meets the soundboard.  I've measured this on a couple of originals - a Voboam, and one of the…"
Sep 20, 2015
Alexander Batov commented on Peter Forrester's photo
Sep 14, 2015
Peter Forrester posted a photo

Can anybody identify this instrument?

Probably painted in Rome in 1758 or 1764, by Pompeo Batoni. Portrait of John Brudenell, later Marquis of Monthermer who owned Boughton House, Kettering, Northants. Grand Tour? Not clear in this reproduction are 8 pegs, 4 courses (1+3X2), 10 frets.
Sep 14, 2015

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Instrument maker and researcher since 1976. Special interests in early guitar, cittern, bandora, orpharion and varnishes.

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At 17:24 on September 26, 2012, Dave Christian-Clark said…

Hi Peter

I am selling my 1813 Josef Pages Guitar via Bonhams Auctions London

on 31st October 2012 if interested.

You can view it online by clicking on Bonhams 'Auctions' Fine Musical Intruments,lot 5.

Kind Regards

David CC

At 12:57 on August 30, 2011, Sean Noctor said…

I saw your pics, which drew my attention to you, I hope to make something from that period too but I'm gearing up to do some other projects first so it wont be till late next year before I look at anything else


At 12:25 on July 25, 2011, Akira Sakamoto said…

Hello, Peter,

thank you very much for accepting my request!  I feel honored to have the opportunity to own your marvellous renaissance guitar.  I know that a good instrument doesn't only sound good, but also teaches you how to play the instrument properly.  There is no doubt that your guitar is of that kind.  The absense of scalloped sides doesn't matter at all!

Best wishes,


At 22:55 on March 6, 2011, Scot Tremblay said…

Ah but you had an unfair advantage, you knew who the subject in the photo was.


Anyways, thanks for taking the time to reply Peter, it's good to have the one that knows clear things up.  I at first thought it was a cittern but decided against it because of the numbers of strings. Now I know ro look for other things as well.


At 9:54 on March 6, 2011, Lars Hedelius-Strikkertsen said…
Thanks for that very fine answer.

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