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.
Hi. I would prefer a British restorer as I have some other early guitars that need work doing to them. No one seems to be advertising for work on early guitars, possibly because they prefer building guitars. I would try restoration myself, but know my limitations.
I'm a new member and I'm not sure I know the protocol here.
I have acquired an old guitar from Prague built by Jaroslav Houslar Dvorak from 1888. All I can find in researching him is that he was a violin maker and I have found his violins on the internet selling from 3,500 dollars to 4,500 dollars. I have never seen anything about building guitars. The label inside this guitar is the exact same that is used in his violins. The guitar has Brazilian rosewood back and sides and spruce or pine in the top. It is built in the Torres style (larger body than a parlor guitar).
Anyone have any knowledge of this builder? Is this guitar rare? I will try and post some photos.
Ik ben teleurgesteld dat ik op deze pagina geen mp3-bestanden aanplakken kan, maar dank je wel voor het idee en voor de hulpaanbod. Ik zal het overdenken. Op het ogenblik ben ik niet zeker wat ik doen wil. Misschien is het beste een eigene website te krijgen, hoewel ik niet weet wat ik ermee aanvangen zal. (Technisch ben ik niet bijzonder begaafd.)