Dear Jelma, yes quite nice and rare although probably never really playable (frets and string length completely off, difficult neck angle) - made by Ignace Joseph Senft, end of 18thc. This is probably one of only two still extant guitars made by Senft, who was a well known maker of "orgues de clavecins grands et petite et de forte-piano" around 1800. It is still in its (original ?) cardboard case and apart from minor damages due to metal strings in pretty good structural and complete condition. The body is made of wonderful cuban mahagony veneered on the inside with maple. I took off and repaired the broken bridge but have not yet decided how to deal with the neck/string problems.
Dear Jelma, This large guitar was built in 1993 by myself and colleagues in a deserted 12th century Friary in Bristol which I was given the use of. The guitar is based on the 1680 Antonio Stradivari guitar on view in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
This scaled-up copy weighs ¾ ton and is 10 meters from the tip of the pegbox to end pin. One of its most distinguishing features is its responsiveness and wide spectrum of harmonics from the lower two strings, even though the fundamental pitch is sub-sonic on those strings.
It made its debut in 1995 on a live BBC Radio 3 broadcast 'Sound Waves' accompanying jazz saxophonist, Andy Sheppard. This instrument was unfortunately lost at Bristol's Temple Meads Old Station in 2001 before I had a chance to make a case for it. Eyewitnesses have reported seeing it in Italy and also Germany, but its current whereabouts are unknown. If you or anybody you know should come across this instrument I would be very grateful if you would let me know. For further information please see the 1995 Guinness Book of Records.
Thank you Jelma for the welcome, and thank you for asking me to provide more info about my vihuela.
I've actually only seen it once--it's still at the home of a relative who, having learned that I play (barely!) the guitar, is giving it to me. What led to my finding this site is that I Googled to try to find info as to whether the vihuela would be put at risk by my having it at my home, which though in a more temperate region than my relative's, doesn't have air conditioning (that is, my home doesn't), and (my home) has only on/off central heating (no thermostat), unlike my relative's home (which has air conditioning and thermostat-based heating).
I had a brief but relatively good look at the vihuela at my relative's. It looks, well, like historical-type vihuelas I've now seen at youtube and at this site. I'll get more info from my relative, as to this vihuela's origin.