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Peter Forrester
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Peter Forrester replied to Bev Ross's discussion 10 pegs but 9 strings?
"I haven't been able to find a good picture of the nut, however there is another photo ("Guitares", Eurydice, Paris, 1980) which shows the top course single, remainder double. So probably just a string which has become misplaced at the…"
Apr 1
Peter Forrester replied to Bev Ross's discussion 10 pegs but 9 strings?
"A nice looking guitar.  Is this the one with the very detailed sides and back that look almost like wicker-work?  I think the neck has been shortened during the 19th c."
Mar 21
Peter Forrester replied to Edward C. Yong's discussion Recordings
"Two of the first little guitars that I made were used for recordings in the 70s.  Unfortunately I can't give details because I have just presented my copies of the LPs to the Lute Society.  The second was by James Tyler's group…"
Mar 21
Peter Forrester replied to Bev Ross's discussion 10 pegs but 9 strings?
"A third use - not really a reason! - is that the spare peg hole seems often to have been used for an ornamental bunch of ribbon, just occasionally as a fastening point for a strap."
Mar 21
Peter Forrester replied to Marek Cupák's discussion How did they paint necks black in 19th cent.
"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…"
Mar 1
Peter Forrester replied to Marek Cupák's discussion How did they paint necks black in 19th cent.
"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…"
Feb 28
Peter Forrester replied to Marek Cupák's discussion How did they paint necks black in 19th cent.
"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.…"
Feb 28
Peter Forrester replied to Marek Cupák's discussion How did they paint necks black in 19th cent.
"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…"
Feb 27
Peter Forrester commented on Rob MacKillop's photo
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Vihuela or Guitar...or?

"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…"
Nov 15, 2013
Peter Forrester replied to Bill Samson's discussion Renaissance guitar technique?
"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…"
Jun 6, 2013
Peter Forrester replied to Monica Hall's discussion Baroque guitar soundboards
"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…"
May 27, 2013
Peter Forrester and Monica Hall are now friends
May 25, 2013
Peter Forrester replied to andrew penwright's discussion Gittern
"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…"
Apr 30, 2013
Peter Forrester posted a photo

Detail of mural in Hengrave Hall, Suffolk, circa 1595.

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…
Apr 30, 2013
Peter Forrester replied to andrew penwright's discussion Gittern
"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…"
Apr 30, 2013

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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,

Akira

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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