The Ace of Spades

If you like to gamble, I tell you I’m your man,
You win some, lose some, it’s all the same to me,
The pleasure is to play, makes no difference what you say,
I don’t share your greed, the only card I need is
The Ace Of Spades…


Sometimes I just need to set the workshop amp on high volume and put on this song. It can be quite cathartic. Especially while cleaning he office…

A while ago Luke asked me whether I could put a different inlay in his Buechenberg theorbo. While it is based on the 1614 V&A model, we also take in some features of instruments by Sellas, like the 18 course E.547 in the Musical Instrument Museum in Paris. Because this is the only example of a theorbo with an extended bass range (Luke’s will have 19! courses).

A feature quite typical on instruments by the Sellas family are inlays of hearts, often upside down on a spike… an ACE OF SPADES…

ace of spades 2 (2)  Like this example in the E.545 theorbo  ace of spades

So I made some hearts in bone, and inlayed them in the soundboard.

Guess what music was on in the shop while doing this job…

and this lovely piece….

I wonder what this would sound like on a theorbo…



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