Early Guitars and Vihuela

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Scot Tremblay
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Canada
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  • David Norton
  • Joakim Sennerby
  • Siccas Guitars
  • Michael Schreiner
  • Yair Avidor
  • Robert S. Dollard
  • Herman Vandecauter
  • Bradley Wycoff
  • luc aboulkheir
  • av8t0r
  • Rui Namora
  • Cogg
  • Sean Noctor
  • Stuart Walsh

Scot Tremblay's Discussions

Alexander Hopkins Baroque Guitar For Sale

With great reluctance I have decided to put my Hopkins Castilian style Baroque Guitar up for sale. I find I'm so busy with building, playing Early Romantic and my lute that I haven't played it in…Continue

Started Jul 10

Song by D. Joly
6 Replies

My little duo (voice/guitar) read through a short and easy but very pleasant piece by D. Joly (found on Boijes). Does anyone know anything about this person and if he/she published any more songs?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jelma van Amersfoort Oct 13, 2013.

Recreations Musicales, Collection de Vingt quatre Rondos, Aires...Suite 3

Would anyone know the whereabouts of a copy, preferably on line but all options are on the table, of the following?Recreations Musicales, Collection de Vingt quatre Rondos, Aires...Suite 3. Composed…Continue

Started Jul 7, 2013

Large Maple Tree = One piece Backs

Just returned home from visiting my Maple wood supplier. A visit him is like going to the casino; put only as much cash money in your pocket as you can afford to part with, leave all plastic money at…Continue

Started Apr 9, 2013

 

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Scot Tremblay and Rui Namora are now friends
Aug 6
Scot Tremblay commented on nick harrison's photo
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Guiot London 1847

"Hmmm, wonder if Panormo might have been one of his influences? ;) I don't think the bling works as well on that shape as well as it does on the French models but still a very pretty instrument."
Aug 6
Scot Tremblay posted a discussion

Alexander Hopkins Baroque Guitar For Sale

With great reluctance I have decided to put my Hopkins Castilian style Baroque Guitar up for sale. I find I'm so busy with building, playing Early Romantic and my lute that I haven't played it in over a year. It is a wonderful instrument and really needs a good home...more information here:…See More
Jul 10
Scot Tremblay commented on Scot Tremblay's photo
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Panormo and Herman

"A fun photo of my friend Herman Vandercauter in concert with a uke, a singer and the Panormo replica I made for him."
Jun 27
Scot Tremblay posted a photo
Jun 27
Scot Tremblay replied to mike's discussion damage to romantic guitar from standing with a strap????
"I'm not really sure. I read about it years back and then came across references to it again recently.  You can see this kind of button arrangement on Baroque guitars as well. Some think that it keeps the back off the table when the…"
Jun 24
Scot Tremblay replied to mike's discussion damage to romantic guitar from standing with a strap????
"This is the setup that some believe was used to attach a short chord/strap which allowed the guitar to hang off large buttons on the players frock coat. I have tried it on my 19th century reproduction frock coat and it does work...however it does…"
Jun 24
Scot Tremblay replied to Rui Namora's discussion F. Sor Sonata op. 15b
"Are you familiar with this paper on the subject by Stanley Yates? It might be of some help. http://www.stanleyyates.com/scores/sorop15.pdf"
Jun 4
Scot Tremblay replied to Scot Tremblay's discussion Used Early Romantic Guitar(s) For Sale.
"Hello John,  Sorry, those guitars are long gone. As is that old website but the server hasn't taken it down yet, I'll have to look into that. My new site is: www.scottremblayguitars.com If you would like to contact me through there I…"
Apr 25
John Carter replied to Scot Tremblay's discussion Used Early Romantic Guitar(s) For Sale.
"Hi Scott, are these Guitars still for sale? Best regards, John"
Apr 25
Scot Tremblay replied to Scot Tremblay's discussion Early Romantic Guitar After Luis Panormo
"Thanks, Tom. The tuners are Rubner from Germany. I generally use Rodgers or Alessi Baker replicas but the Rubners are a good choice if ones budget doesn't allow for the more costly hand made replicas."
Feb 6
Tom Monaghan replied to Scot Tremblay's discussion Early Romantic Guitar After Luis Panormo
"That is so nice, incredible maple headstock. What type of tuners are they?"
Feb 6
Scot Tremblay replied to John Romey's discussion Luthiers
"Here's a few of the makers whose work I'm most familiar with. There lots more but it's a start.   Alexander Batov makes beautiful ones. http://www.vihuelademano.com/ Dan Larson of Gamut Music.…"
Dec 12, 2013
Jack Sujovolsky commented on Scot Tremblay's photo
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Herman

"Beautiful instruments!"
Dec 9, 2013
Scot Tremblay replied to Cogg's discussion Giuliani's op 150
"If I remember the Heck reference correctly, the Februrary, 1821 reference (letter) was the first mention of a piece named "Eroica" being attributed to Giuliani. It was in manuscript form at the point of the letter mention and not…"
Dec 8, 2013
Scot Tremblay commented on Martin Hurttig's album
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baroque guitar

"Wow, beautiful Martin. Great video too."
Dec 5, 2013

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I am a luthier/player specializing in 19th century guitar. As a personal interest I dabble in vihuela and renaissance lute.
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At 10:58 on October 28, 2013, Yutthasak Komjornkijborworn said…
Dear Scot, thank you so much for the comment. Yes, those guys are fantastic musicians and apparently very good teachers. I learn a lot of period technique and so. I will come to visit the forum as much as I can. We keep in touch! Yutthasak
At 8:24 on July 14, 2012, Dave Bucher said…
I was reading a few of the comments here and I read that spruce was used for necks. I don't know if you've ever seen the tables of MOE's of various woods but spruce is way more elastic than the open grained hardwoods usually used...Sitka is down a few steps from the strongest...Douglas fir and yellow larch...which I use periodically for soundboards and especially braces...it taps well and is of a medium weight...old growth quartered wood is best...it splinters like a demon but it could be used...way more elastic than mahogany, Spanish cedar, maple. Several species of Larch are the stiffest and most elastic...Larch is a kind of pine and various pines work well too. I use good pine for soundboards on period instruments. I used an oak or hickory brace very early in my career to experimentally induce an arch in the top of an archtop jazz guitar. My bouzoukis are induced but bending in all directions is difficult so I shaped a heavy brace with a re-curve built in. Over the space of several months it flattened out and when I removed the brace, it retained the shape that it had assumed! Maple has given me similar result. that is when I really delved into the elastic properties of wood...not just the "strength" but the "memory" of the wood. modulas of elasticity is the standard by which we should judge all woods that are going to be under tension.

Dave
At 18:29 on June 4, 2012, Michael Schreiner said…

Hi Scot, I was admiring your Stauffer photos and the neck adjustment mechanism caught my eye. Where did you get it? Thanks, Michael Schreiner

At 14:55 on February 15, 2012, Oleg Timofeyev said…

Hi Scot,

sorry it took me forever to respond.  I will be happy to answer any questions within my competence :–)

At 23:33 on December 27, 2011, Yair Avidor said…

Hi Scot,

Same here, I'll try and record the Sor variations on the Mozart theme soon.

In the meantime, I love playing contemporary guitar music on the Panormo model!

At 22:47 on November 23, 2011, Bradley Wycoff said…

Greetings, Scot.

I just want to thank you for your help in my efforts to build an early Romantic 7- or 8-string guitar. I really appreciate your expertise and input. I'll probably start the "conversion" project after the holidays. I'll keep you informed of the progress.

I hope you are enjoying the "sunny" Pacific Northwest as much as I am. It's really quite "lovely" here today.

Bradley.

At 19:34 on April 2, 2011, Rob MacKillop said…

Hi Scot,

 

I think Edinburgh University has a drawing of that terz guitar. I can't remember playing it at all, but clearly I did as the photo is the proof! Oh dear, I'm becoming senile...

At 19:00 on March 26, 2011, Wilson Burnham said…

Thanks, Scot!

 

There is a player in Colorado who wants me to make him an all mahogany uke, I have some really nice mahogany that I have been saving just for that. I once heard an all mahogany guitar played by a wonderful finger stylist, wow, what a guitar!

 

Wilson

At 18:33 on March 26, 2011, Alexandros Zervas said…
This baroque guitar was 3/4 classic guitar and I did some changes with my friend Petros Zaranis who is istrument maker.
At 15:30 on March 26, 2011, Wilson Burnham said…

Hi, Scot!

 

Had a gentleman from New Mexico comment on my blog yesterday, telling me he is making a a guitar from your Martinez plans. He was wondering what the guitar would sound like if it was made entirely from mahogany, I suggested that for his first guitar he stick with "traditional" woods. Just wanted to let you know that folks are still making the Martinez. I have a friend who keeps bugging me for another one, maybe when I'm settled back in Colorado I'll make him another.

 

Wilson

 
 
 

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