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FREE Vihuela plans!

Yes you read it correctly. As a summer surprise I’m giving away one of my plans for free… A year ago some of my students at the Bouwerskontakt lutherie course asked whether they could make some historical instruments. A baroque … Continue reading

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A special parlor: The Grunewald “Harp-Guitar”

One of the perks of guitar making are the special guitars that sometimes pass the shop. And being a somewhat quirky person I somehow manage get some of the oddest pieces of guitar history. Like this 10-string “Harp-Guitar” made by … Continue reading

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King David and his pretty little lyres

When researching the old European lyres there are two pictures that always keep surfacing: The Vespasian Lyre Probably the most famous is the one of King David in the Vespasian Psalter (Southern England, 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 8th … Continue reading

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What is a Theorbo, Really?

I get a lot of questions about theorbos lately. They range from “is that a real instrument” to “what’s the best season to harvest sheep guts”, and all varieties in between. So I was relieved to find a short YouTube … Continue reading

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Buying, Selling and Owning guitars in Elizabethan England

Part two of Christopher Page’s Gresham lecture series on the renaissance guitar in England. This time with some wonderful music by Taro Takeuchi

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The Guitar in Tudor London

Why is a Renaissance guitar the same as a tenor ukulele? Or are all uke players in reality playing a renaissance guitar?

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The sound of an original 17th century guitar…

There is something magic in hearing an original baroque guitar or lute being played. Especially because most of them aren’t playable anymore, but resting in collections. Last week this short video was placed online… Taro Takeuchi is one of the … Continue reading

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The Theorbo Saga continues…

It has been a rather busy week here, no time for an update. The tops of both lutes have been thicknessed. Here we find the differences between baroque and renaissance lutes. In short: renaissance lutes are slightly thinner in the … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan Nobel Lecture

On 2016 Robert Zimmerman (a.k.a. Bob Dylan) was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Like almost all things he does, it struck a lot of discussion and controversy. People quarreling over the question wether it was just to give this … Continue reading

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The Jew’s Harp

A very nice TED-talk about an almost forgotten instrument. It’s one of the instruments I often take along to re-enactment events; the “Mondharp” (Dutch: mouth-harp), better known as “Jew’s Harp”. The name has nothing to do with Hebrew roots, but … Continue reading

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