Early Guitars and Vihuela

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Scot Tremblay
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Canada
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  • David Norton
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  • Yair Avidor
  • Robert S. Dollard
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  • Bradley Wycoff
  • luc aboulkheir
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  • Cogg
  • Sean Noctor
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Scot Tremblay's Discussions

Song by D. Joly
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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

Early Romantic Guitar After Luis Panormo
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I just finished and strung up my latest Luis Panormo replica. A few years back I restored the original Panormo this replica is patterned after and have always liked the four piece back and unique…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scot Tremblay Feb 6.

 

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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
Scot Tremblay replied to Dominic Wan's discussion Concert Programmes circa 1820-1890
"You might contact Matanya Ophee http://www.editionsorphee.com/. I think he might have written an article on the subject or posted some info in the fairly recent past. I could be wrong but it might be worth a try to ask him, he has a hugh amount of…"
Dec 4, 2013
Scot Tremblay replied to Alexander Batov's discussion Belchior Dias 1581 vihuela: the wood it's made of.
"Interesting. I'm amazed how similar that piece you have looks like the wood in the Dias instrument. Are you sure you don't have the sister cut??? ;)"
Dec 1, 2013
Scot Tremblay commented on Rob MacKillop's photo
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Vihuela or Guitar...or?

"I'd say it's a fanciful depiction of a plucked string instrument. It's neither guitar nor vihuela...and yet both! Androgynous maybe? Has a slight resemblance to Alexander Batovs 'Henestrosa model' vihuela."
Nov 13, 2013
Scot Tremblay and Yutthasak Komjornkijborworn are now friends
Oct 28, 2013
Yutthasak Komjornkijborworn commented on Scot Tremblay's photo
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Tuners

"Rodgers looks very neat. I'm about to order one of those!"
Oct 28, 2013
Yutthasak Komjornkijborworn left a comment for Scot Tremblay
"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"
Oct 28, 2013
Scot Tremblay left a comment for Yutthasak Komjornkijborworn
"Welcome Yutthasak. I see in your bio that you are studying with the Maccari-Pugliese Guitar Duo. Good for you. Those guys are my favorite duo of all time. I look forward to your input here."
Oct 28, 2013
Liuteria d'Insieme commented on Scot Tremblay's photo
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Tuners

"They look great! Marco"
Oct 22, 2013
Scot Tremblay commented on Scot Tremblay's photo
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Tuners

"Two of my favorite mechanical tuners for period instruments. On the left the Rubner romantic style and on the right the Rodgers Baker replica tuners."
Oct 22, 2013
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Oct 22, 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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