"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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."
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
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.
"Love the stripes. There are several odd pegs at Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, including French baroque guitar. I identified some pieces of bone as wrest pins from a lyre or harp when my wife was a helper at an excavation at Castle Acre castle many…"
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.