"I was originally frustrated by the difficulties of using a spirit varnish on a complex arrangement of surfaces like a cittern, and slower drying oil varnish seemed to have possibilities. Through FoMRHI I heard of William Fulton's use of…"
"Yes. Pine resin with linseed or walnut oil. I'm now ageing fast and making less so may now have enough varnish to see me out! I find I've spent a day, sometimes two, making it about every five years. At current prices…"
"I'm afraid so! The 1988 article followed a talk AND demonstration (described as"a breath of fresh air"!) at the Violin Conference a year or two earlier, and I've been making and using only my own oil varnish ever since.…"
"Charles Holtzappfel, in "Turning & Mechanical Manipulation". 1850, p. 1398 says: "Black Varnish. May be made with 3 lbs. of black sealing-wax and 1 lb. of shell lac to the gallon of spirit, or fine lamp black may be mixed with…"
"I think you'll find a similar-shaped instrument in other paintings by Poussin, and other artists as well. Don't overlook that Poussin is here painting an imaginary scene in his past as well as ours, so that some difference in the…"
"Amateur, but perhaps Robert Laneham would have mentioned it if he also played the lute:
"sumtyme I foote it with daunsing: noow with my Gittern, and els with my Cittern, then at the Virgynalz."
Quoted by John Ward in 'Sprightly…"
"18th c. French hurdy-gurdies mostly had mahogany soundboards. I made two several years ago using a 1900ish shop counter. The sound was quieter than spruce, but very sweet and the volume was even throughout the compass. Both went to…"
"Martyn, yes I do agree that the 4 course guitar was around, around 1600. I've just posted a photograph which may suggest that the larger guitar was also. I've been meaning to write this up for ages. Other English…"
Home of Thomas Kytson, merchant and patron of music. His musicians included Edward Johnson and John Wilbye. The mural is not by a great painter, and has been extensively reworked. However we do seem to have here both a 'renaissance' guitar and…
"Martyn (H). I think (or hope) I spotted a senior moment - should be "replaced by a WIRE strung cittern shaped.." Leycester is quite definite about the wire; I think but haven't checked that Praetorius is also for the…"
"Now armed with a photograph of Tabley on the screen in front of me.
Leycester originally wrote " - Like unto this is the Instrument, we now usually do tearme a kit, some call it a Gitterne, wch indeed is onely a Treble Psittyrne ---" .…"
"There is one guitar-shaped cithrinchen in Dean castle, but the well-known Playford engraving, and the preparatory drawing (front and back of LS Journal XXI) show a small cittern, violin? and kit hanging together on the wall behind the citternist.…"
"Early gitterns - like the example in Eisenach were gut strung. The 'guiterne' name was also used for, or perhaps developed into, the 4 course guitar of Morlaye, Gorlier, etc in the middle of the 16th century. At the beginning…"
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
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!
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.