1.) How in the world does the bridge get glued on? I've done it on guitars and its fairly easy but you have a flat opposing surface to leverage the clamping. The opposing surface of a lute is a bowl...obviously lol.
2.) Are lutes really such 'low' tension instruments? Take a 10c lute, for example. Assuming a single high string would add up to 19 strings...do they really add up to a total tension less than the guitar's 6 strings? And how does a bridge with such a tiny footprint not rip off the instrument under such tension.
I guess what got me thinking about this was what I read in some album notes of a Nigel North recording:
For this recording the lute was tuned in F at A415, using the 17th century method of tuning the top string as high as it will go before breaking.
This is from his 1998 recording of Robert Dowland's Variete of Lute Lessons played on a 9c lute.