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An amateur guitarist, I have had a 1825 reproduction seven-string Lacôte since 2001. I borrowed from the luthier a vihuela during the year I was waiting for the guitar to be made. Since then, as in a marriage, I've learnt to compromise and be content with the guitar alone!

She gives me a broad canvas from the plucked/fretted repertoire of the early 16th to early 20th centuries including that of the Russian seven-string guitar. Uncharacteristically, the seventh string is on the fingerboard, whilst the width of the neck is about the same as for a modern six-string. The action is very low and the string length 63cm, so I tend to tune down, endlessly experimenting with different pitches and temperaments.

I have been playing without nails since 1993 after having read Sor's Méthode of 1830. It is after all a personal choice, and needs much adjustment, but I for one prefer the tone. Gut strings would be my ideal; for now my current compromise is Aquila's nylgut for trebles and rayon for bass.

An amateur guitarist, I have had a 1825 reproduction seven-string Lacote since 2001. I borrowed from the luthier a vihuela during the year I was waiting for the guitar to be made. Since then, as in a marriage, I've learnt to compromise and be content with the guitar alone.

She gives me a broad canvas from the plucked/fretted repertoire of the early 16th to early 20th centuries including that of the Russian seven-string guitar. Uncharacteristically, the seventh string is on the fingerboard, whilst the width of the neck is about the same as for a modern six-string. The action is very low and the string length 63cm, so I tend to tune down, endlessly experimenting with different pitches and temperaments.

I have been playing without nails since 1993 after having reading Sor's Methode. It is after all a personal choice, and needs much adjustment, but I for one prefer the tone. Gut strings would be my ideal; for now my current compromise is Aquila's nylgut for trebles and rayon for basses.I have been playing without nails since 1993 after having reading Sor's Methode. It is after all a personal choice, and needs much adjustment, but I for one prefer

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Amateur player of guitar - have had a 1825 reproduction 7-string Lacote since 2001. I borrowed from the luthier a vihuela during the year I was waiting for the guitar to be made. I fell in love with the instrument: it was just right for me and have always regretted buying the guitar. Have really longed for a vihuela either as an addition or as a replacement if necessary. The repertoire of the vihuela and six-course lute and related choral music is my favourite. I have continued to follow the growing interest in the vihuela.
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Amateur player of guitar - have had a 1825 reproduction 7-string Lacote since 2001. I borrowed from the luthier a vihuela during the year I was waiting for the guitar to be made. I fell in love with the instrument: it was just right for me and have always regretted buying the guitar. Have really longed for a vihuela either as an addition or as a replacement if necessary. The repertoire of the vihuela and six-course lute and related choral music is my favourite. I have continued to follow the growing interest in the vihuela.

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Amateur player of guitar - have had a 1825 reproduction 7-string Lacote since 2001. I borrowed from the luthier a vihuela during the year I was waiting for the guitar to be made. I fell in love with the instrument: it was just right for me and have always regretted buying the guitar. Have really longed for a vihuela either as an addition or as a replacement if necessary. The repertoire of the vihuela and six-course lute and related choral music is my favourite. I have continued to follow the growing interest in the vihuela.
About me:
Amateur player of guitar - have had a 1825 reproduction 7-string Lacote since 2001. I borrowed from the luthier a vihuela during the year I was waiting for the guitar to be made. I fell in love with the instrument: it was just right for me and have always regretted buying the guitar. Have really longed for a vihuela either as an addition or as a replacement if necessary. The repertoire of the vihuela and six-course lute and related choral music is my favourite. I have continued to follow the growing interest in the vihuela.

the tone. Gut strings would be my ideal; for now my current compromise is Aquila's nylgut for trebles and rayon for basses.I have been playing without nails since 1993 after having reading Sor's Methode. It is after all a personal choice, and needs much adjustment, but I for one prefer the tone. Gut strings would be my ideal; for now my current compromise is Aquila's nylgut for trebles and rayon for basses.

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At 17:03 on November 19, 2009, Andreae, Siegfried said…
welcome Peter,
i also fell in love with a Vihuela, an old maiden, left in a vitrine by another men for ten years ;-)) . now it´s my and you are kindly invited to explore, what this cute instrument had learned under a gardener´s rough hands in few months.
further examples of potential interest, you may find in the other community
http://lutegroup.ning.com/profile/AndreaeSiegfried
(music for d-Theorbo and Baroquecello).
kindest regards from Berlin - Siegfried
At 17:21 on November 18, 2009, Chris Despopoulos said…
Welcome to the group. One amateur to another, I sure know the dilemma -- so many instruments, so little time (and money!). I'm sure your 7-string instrument provides great enjoyment. For my part, I have a mandore (pre-mandolin) and baroque guitar. I want a renaissance guitar, a vihuela, and a theorbo. Nothing much. All this on top of a modern guitar and a ukulele. And a day job to pay the bills.
 
 
 

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