Tag Archives: Theorbo

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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Small Sellas update

I’ve been busy with a variety of projects, from making two theorbos and viking chests (more on that later) to designing a baroque lute, moving a museum and making plans for a rope walk… But first an update on the … Continue reading

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End of the tour

Over the last weeks I often felt like a traveling circus. Performing in another town each week. Very busy, but also very cool. A wide range of events with the most interesting variety people; vikings, bookbinders, medieval re-enactors, woodworkers, guitar … Continue reading

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Freewheelin’

After completion of a large intensive project (like the Schelle theorbo), I need some time to recuperate. Cleaning up the shop and clearing my head… For the latter I often make something outside of my normal range, to explore. Like … Continue reading

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The Holy Grail

One of my lutherie teachers always said that instrument makers are always in search of the Holy Grail… Well, last week I found one while making a theorbo…

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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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Large theorbo update; combining old and new….

Last week Sandra and I took a little break. We went to the Taizé community in France, one of the most beautiful places we know. Time to reflect and get some rest, meeting the most interesting people and getting new … 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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