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Guestblog: The Lyre of Trossingen – pt. 3

Luit van der Tuuk is a Dutch author and independent researcher, specialized in the early middle ages. He is also the curator of Museum Dorestad in Wijk bij Duurstede. In the early middle ages, musical instruments had a special meaning, … Continue reading

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Guestblog: The Lyre of Trossingen – pt. 2

Luit van der Tuuk is a Dutch author and independent researcher, specialized in the early middle ages. He is also the curator of Museum Dorestad in Wijk bij Duurstede. In 1857 Matthias Hohner started the manufacture of harmonicas in Trossingen. … Continue reading

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Guestblog: The Lyre of Trossingen – pt. 1

Luit van der Tuuk is a Dutch author and independent researcher, specialized in the early middle ages. He is also the curator of Museum Dorestad in Wijk bij Duurstede. In 2001 en 2002 twelve graves were discovered in an early … Continue reading

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A late medieval chainsaw

With a little bit of luck, history is just around the corner. A couple of weeks ago my neighbor walked in the shop. In his hand a plastic shopping bag with a lot of mud streaks on the outside. “You … Continue reading

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Music confounds the machines…

I don’t often republish other blogs, but this speech deserves to be shared: The keynote address T-Bone Burnett gave at the Americanafest on September 22nd, 2016. It’s about art, music, technology and the integrity, function and value of artists in … Continue reading

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Making waves

This project is incredible! A frame maker built a reconstruction of a scraping machine to make the intricate patterns found around old paintings. In the clip they say it was based on an engraving in Diderot’s Encyclopedie. But there is … Continue reading

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Lutes and Guitars for the Pharaoh

As a young child – about 8 years old – my interest in history was awakened by learning about ancient Egypt. I went to the local library to learn more. Starting with the children’s books, but soon also discovering the grown … Continue reading

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Schieten of Schrijven?

Eerder dit jaar werd in Langbroek een bescheiden tentoonstelling georganiseerd, ter gelegenheid van zeventig jaar bevrijding. Een een samenwerking waarvoor verschillende lokale organisaties en verzamelaars van oorlogsmemorabilia de handen ineensloegen. Mijn vader en ik werden gevraagd mee te doen omdat … Continue reading

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Ken Parker

Over the years I have met countless instrument makers, professionals and amateurs, young and old, beginners and veterans. I’ve learned something from all of them; sometimes I wasn’t impressed and they showed me merely how not to work, some gave me … Continue reading

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Lutherie = Alchemy?

What I like most about musical instrument making is the fact that it’s probably the only trade left in which somebody can still become a true “Homo Universalis”. More than any other professions Luthiers are totally absorbed by their craft. … Continue reading

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