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"Yes - I agree that the bridge on the instrument illustrated in Tyler's book does look odd-and why has it got the white strip along the top? I haven't got the Evans book but yes the string length is definitely  37cms.  …"
Dec 4, 2013
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"Very pretty.  Actually I think it must be the a chitarrino by Giovanni Smit.   It is one of  a pair made to the same pattern and it has been converted to a wire strung chitarra battente.  The reason why I am interested is…"
Oct 28, 2013
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"Nice photo - can you tell me more about it.   When was it made, by whom etc.  Monica ever curious"
Oct 28, 2013
jean michel Catherinot left a comment for pat o'brien
"Thank you so much, Pat! Gary Boye says this tablature is difficult to interpret, and it's true: but many bizarre and illogical things seem to be only and mostly errors of lines! Read like that, high level music. It's worth to work on it,…"
Jun 21, 2010
jean michel Catherinot left a comment for pat o'brien
"So here is the first book completed? I had to leave yesterday afternoon just after my mail, and found yours this morning: happy beginning of the day!"
Jun 17, 2010
jean michel Catherinot left a comment for pat o'brien
"It works perfectly. No problem at all with the 3.4 mb file. Wow. But my answer on your mail was rejected once more."
Jun 16, 2010
jean michel Catherinot left a comment for pat o'brien
"Thank you so much for accepting to share this "treasure". 25 mb is quite a big file! Is it possible to make a zip file? jeanmichel.catherinot@yahoo.com (my emails on yours are rejected as spams)"
Jun 16, 2010
jean michel Catherinot left a comment for pat o'brien
"Dear Pat, I was quite seduce by the Valdambrini Rocky put on his page, and trying to learn more. James Tyler higly praise this music too, so I began my research to find the two books of Valdambrini. San' Cecilia library doesn't answer, but…"
Jun 15, 2010

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At 15:29 on December 6, 2012, Evan Balaban said…

Hi Pat,

The birds are doing fine! I've recently taken up baroque guitar, and I understand you may have a scanned copy of both books by Ferdinando Valdambrini (which I'd like to get my hands on, and I in turn have a digital copy of the Henry Francois de Gallot manscript if you are still looking for one. If you send me your email (mine is evan.balaban@mcgill.ca) I can give you access to the Dropbox folder where the Gallot is stored, and where you could deposit a copy of the Valdambrini if you are so inclined.

Best wishes,

Evan

At 15:21 on August 4, 2012, William Anderson said…

HI Pat--

I have a lute student.  Can you get in touch with me at 

wanderso@slc.edu

or 914 479 8627

?

At 18:51 on February 25, 2012, Alikalael said…

Mr. O'Brien, thanks for adding me, grettings.

At 19:05 on February 19, 2012, James Westbrook said…

Dear Pat, Remember me, I was asking you about June Yakeley's instruments. I don't know if I actually told you, but I saw them! But I am emailing you today to tell you that I will be at the AMIS conference in May, and wondered if you wanted to go for a drink in  the bar in Manhatten that you used to frequent with June? please reply at j@theguitarmuseum.com James

At 19:39 on October 24, 2011, William Anderson said…
Thanks, 
Bill Sampson.  Susan Hellauer loaned me some gut.  I will practice tying with some nylon guitar strings before trying to tie the gur'

I saw a websight that shows how to toe frets.

B
At 13:17 on October 23, 2011, Bill Samson said…

Hi William.

If you haven't got the loose fret fixed before Tuesday, the usual stopgap is to wedge a little bit of matchstick under it to tighten it up. 

Bill

At 0:10 on October 23, 2011, William Anderson said…
Dear Pat,
My theorbo frets are in sad shape, and I have a gig on Tuesday.  I lost your e-mail, and tel. When my last laptop crashed.
2nd fret was buzzing, and when I tried to rotate the fret a bit, the  May I call or email you? My cell---  914 479 8627
Thanks so much for any advice!
At 23:51 on October 22, 2011, William Anderson said…
Dear Pat,
My theorbo frets are in sad shape, and I have a gig on Tuesday.  I lost your e-mail, and tel. When my last laptop crashed.
2nd fret was buzzing, and when I tried to rotate the fret a bit, the  May I call or email you? My cell---  914 479 8627
Thanks so much for any advice!
At 23:18 on April 21, 2011, John Sheehan said…

Hello Patrick .Thanks you for the fine Lute lessons you gave me years ago. It is nice to see you here .Still trying to get the handle on thumb inside tecnique  when I can get the chance to play Lute .

Hope you're well

John Sheehan

At 22:33 on November 5, 2010, James Westbrook said…
Dear Pat,
Thank you ever so much for your speedy reply.
I am doing a PhD on Guitar Making of 19th Century London. Many years ago, in my last life I worked for an auction house in London and we sold June a Bambina guitar by Louis Panormo (not one of the Pratten models). I am desperate to trace this guitar and obtain some information.
I have written to Monica via the same way as I did you.
Thank you for the leads.
I guess soon you'll be going to the bar in Manhattan for another drink.
If I track this guitar down, I'll send you some money to have one on me too!
Thank you so much,
James
 
 
 

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