Things were a bit hectic towards the end of the day yesterday, so I didn't get time to post again.
It was very difficult to pick a winner - it's the only part of the event that I don't really enjoy. Both teams put a lot of thought and work into the guitars, and it always seems a shame to have a "winner" and a "loser". The element of competition definitely adds to the enjoyment for the students though, so in the end I just went for the instrument that I enjoyed playing more. Both guitars worked well, and the lute guitar had a lovely deep bass (body resonance was very close to open 'E'), but the romantic guitar had much sweeter trebles, and better balance.
Here are some photos taken during the testing of the finished guitars, and after the prize presentation.
Me playing the romantic guitar:
Me playing the "lute" guitar:
The team captains with their instruments:
The winning team with their guitar, engraved winner's cup, and some refreshment!
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James Lister, luthier, Sheffield UK