I have been unhappy with the frequency that I am able to publish posts. When I started my blog two years ago I was able to publish twice a month on average. My topics were generally uniform: following one instrument through the different stages of construction until I was finished. For me this was satisfying and I know you enjoyed my it because my page views increased month after month.
Occasionally I have published updates but now I am going to try to make them a regular feature. This will be just what the name suggests, news about the progress of my projects but also about daily events in my work that I think you will be interested in. Today is the first under this new format.
A recent visitor to my shop was Ghareb El Tally, a lutenist/guitarist based in Salzburg. He is in Toronto for a few months and I met him when his archlute needed some work. When he mentioned he had a Roudhloff guitar from the 1840s (Ghareb tells me the guitar is dated 1815, edited April 5 ) converted to an 8 string I asked him to bring it by so I could see it.
|Ghareb El Tally Photo|
Ghareb found the guitar in junk shop in miserable condition. Deciding that it could not be restored he had a Viennese guitar builder do the conversion. The back and soundboard were salvageable, the side ribs were re-contructed and the original neck was saved as a artifact.
This style of conversion is often done to modern six string guitars and the work that Ghareb had done follows the same method. The body was fitted with a classical guitar style neck and fingerboard widened to accommodate eight strings and a slotted peghead with mechanical tuners. A modern bridge completed the conversion. Since the back and belly were original and unaltered I was interested in recording their dimensions. I traced the contour, determined the original harmonic bar locations and with a magnetic probe measured the thickness of the back, top and sides.