This is one of the most interesting and educational posts. Thank You.pogmoor wrote:There are really quite a lot of bracing patterns around as these images illustrate:
- suggesting that the Tatay system is not particularly unusual
(Acknowledgements to johnd who posted the first one here: viewtopic.php?t=104132#p1108374 - in a thread that shows several other examples of bracing pattern and provides a fairly extensive discussion of the topic);
and acknowledgements to Wikimedia Commons for the second image.)
It's easy to come up with hundreds of ideas but it takes an awful lot of time to implement them. I tried ladder bracing on a modern plantilla and couldn't get it to work to my satisfaction. I went through 3 soundboards. I gave up. Eventually I removed the ladder braces on the last attempt and started gluing braces on the outside of the soundboard. That made it a lot quicker to remove them and alter their position. I ended up with a variation on fan bracing but it took an awful long time to get there. Then you have to persuade people that you've come up with something that is a must have. Given that there has been literally hundreds (if not thousands) of different bracing patterns the chances are you haven't come up with anything that's going to shake the world. Hopefully you can get your new bracing to work and to work in a consistent manner. Often that's as much as you can wish for.amezcua wrote:Howsabout ---maybe four braces----- but make them as strips of lattice in the position a fan layout would be. Only four as they will each take up more room . The loudness (plus) and the less traditional tone (minus ) might balance out in a good way . Some guitars have been made with different woods in the braces .Some spruce and some cedar inside the one guitar . So we can mix up lattice and straight braces too . And leave some clear spaces to resonate in between .
Tatay mixed up cross braces and more familiar modern bracing . Mix and match .See what happens .
Answer to all questions regarding bracing.amezcua wrote: Does it all prove that none of it matters in the least ? ....
I'm curious about this too. I thought Tatay was long defunct. Where did you read about their expansion?amezcua wrote:One thing puzzles me about Tatay . I read last week that the firm developed in size and now makes thousands of guitars (40,000 per year ) .But googling does not reveal very much at all apart from vintage models . Is this an American bias to the internet accidentally or deliberately blocking Spanish guitars ? I could look at the Spanish edition of Delcamp . The translator works but I can`t make my login work there .
Edit .I just had a look on the Spanish Delcamp site with the translator and found others who can`t locate anything about the modern Tatay factory. Most peculiar .