Tag Archives: Lute

A long post about a large neck

It has been quite a while since I posted an update on the Schelle theorbo. Let’s just say that the focus has been on building instead of writing. Long days and many events. Integral part of the theorbo is its … Continue reading

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Not all about roses…

Again life has been rather busy and time has proven itself to be a scarce commodity. The weekend after we came back from our holiday another re-enactment event was planed. Close to home this time: Open Monuments Day in Wijk … Continue reading

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Another standard to measure by…

Adding another standard to my measurements… 😃 This is the most frustrating one to do. Sebastian Schelle probably used the “Neuremberger Stadtfuß” which is 304 mm in lengt, broken up in 12 “Zoll” of 25,333333333333mm. So the foot is just … 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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Purfling between your ribs..

Between the ribs of both theorbos there is a small band of a contrasting color.  Walnut for the ash bowl of the Sellas, and vice versa on the Schelle. They are almost a photo negative of each other. The 1,5 … Continue reading

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Joining guitar tops with fire

One of the questions I often get is how a guitar or lute top is joined using traditional methods. So with hot hide or bone glue. Well, today fellow guitar maker Joës van Went was at my shop and took … Continue reading

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The Poor Man’s Shop Stand (PMSS)

Work on the theorbos progresses; the first ribs are in place… Between the ribs is a little fillet. Ash on the walnut instrument (the large Schelle) and walnut on the ash instrument (the Sellas). For some time I wanted to … Continue reading

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Work on the theorbos continues…

Last week has been quite busy… Both musicians who commissioned the theorbos visited the shop. One of the things I like is that they are both around my age. People often seem to think Early Music is something for “old” … Continue reading

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Theorbo fever

After the overhaul of the machine shop and completion of the student lute it is time to go on with the theorbos. The form for the Schelle has been completed, and the Sellas is next. This starts with making two … Continue reading

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Finished this lute

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Today I finished this student lute for a player in Antwerp. It’s modelled after the 1581 Georg Gerle. Specifications: 590 mm string length (g-tuning) 11 ribs in maple (unmatched) solid maple neck fingerboard, bridge and head veneered with ebony (customer … Continue reading

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