In this photo I have laid out the bridge position with painter's tape, a square and a center line drawn on the same tape. I found that it was difficult to balance clamps on the narrow top of the bridge so I make an insert that fits on the rear platform of the bridge. The top surface of the insert is level with the top of the bridge so the clamps have a wider surface to sit on.
John Edwards, theorboist and co-founder of Musicians in Ordinary dropped off his 1998 Kaiser theorbo this afternoon. It has a problem with loose braces. Sue, my wife, looking over my shoulder as I wrote this post commented on the jarring nature of the green tape. I agree, but it does the job. On the other hand, I am reminded of the technique described by Thomas Mace in Musik's Monument published in 1676 for repairing his lute belly that involves just what I have done here and what needs to be done to John's lute but using seventeenth century techniques and materials. Since I have to repair John's lute why not follow Mace's advice and really be a 17th century lute maker. It will take me about two weeks to get to this. I'll report on it here.