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These instruments are available now! If you would like to play any of them please contact me for an appointment.
I'll give you privacy, a hot drink and a chance to play as long as you want.
A small guitar 19th century guitar restored in my workshop in 2016. There is no label, but this looks to me like a mid-19th century guitar. It arrived in a terrible state. There had been many previous repairs but the most recent was the most difficult. The guitar must have been buzzing and some one used plastic wood to fill all the possible loose joints.
The photos show the plastic wood but also show the transverse barring of the soundboard as well as the restored back. All the cracks in the Brazilian rosewood sides have been glued up and reinforced.
The guitar is strung with Savarez white low tension strings. The price of £950 includes a strong foam classical guitar case. It can be shipped. Despite all the repairs the guitar sounds well and plays rather easily. The price reflects that this is not one of the finest of 19th century guitars. It is however a chance to obtain a playable 19th century guitar at a very reasonable price.
String length: 634mm
Overall Length: 927mm
Width of upper bout: 225mms
Width at waist: 178mm
Width at lower bout: 286mm
Height at upper bout:87mm
Height at lower bout: 92mm
Nut width: 49mm
Width across strings at saddle: 57.5mm
Distance between 12 fret and 1st string; 4.0mm
Distance between 12 fret and 6th string; 3.8mm
A restoration of a 1849 Louis Panormo guitar completed in my workshop in 2015 that is now being offered for sale.
Full information and photos of the guitar are at:
1849 Guitar Restoration
The guitar is tuned to concert pitch with Nylgut Alabastro Light 19th century guitar strings. It plays well, with good tone and remarkable volume for a small instrument. The price for the guitar and coffin case is £4250. It can be shipped worldwide.
String length: 630.5mm
Overall Length: 944mm
Width of upper bout: 240mms
Width at waist: 182mm
Width at lower bout: 298mm
Height at upper bout:91mm
Height at lower bout: 97mm
Nut width: 46mm
Distance between 12 fret and 1st string; 3.2mm
Distance between 12 fret and 6th string; 3.1mm
A new 8 course Renaissance lute with string length of 600mm, tuned to g and strung with Kurschner strings. The 13 rib body is figured sycamore, the fingerboard and soundboard edging are Indian rosewood, the bridge plum and the pegs pear. The soundboard is Swiss pine (picea abies).
The height of the strings measured from the bottom of the string to the top of the 8th fret is 2.5mm for the 1st course and 2.9mm for the 8th course. The lute plays easily with excellent tone and projection.
Price of £3500 includes a new blue Kingham (made to measure) case. It can be shipped worldwide.