Pictures of my vihuela

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Valéry Sauvage
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Pictures of my vihuela

Postby Valéry Sauvage » Wed May 02, 2012 6:22 am

As asked by Scot, here are some photo of my new vihuela, made by Dider Jarny. ( http://www.luths-et-luthier.com/ )
Sound sample here : viewtopic.php?f=48&t=68141&p=746626#p746563

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Re: Pictures of my vihuela

Postby George Crocket » Wed May 02, 2012 6:55 am

That's really nice, Val. The detail is superb. I particularly lke the owl's head.

And, of course, from your recent recordings we know it sounds great too.

Thanks for posting these excellent pictures.
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Re: Pictures of my vihuela

Postby David » Wed May 02, 2012 7:22 am

Val

That's just gorgeous & like George I like the owl. The rose is wonderful.

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Re: Pictures of my vihuela

Postby Catire » Wed May 02, 2012 12:32 pm

It's beautiful, and has a lovely tone. I particularly enjoyed your playing of La Canción del Emperador. Congratulations.
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Re: Pictures of my vihuela

Postby Michael McGrath » Wed May 02, 2012 2:21 pm

I know next to nothing about the instrument itself (Perhaps some googling is in order) but I love how it sounds and the construction and detail work on this instrument is beautiful and phenomenal.

I noticed the sectioned pattern from the back seems to be carried to the neck; is this a functional feature, or just make to match the back and contribute to the overall aesthetic beauty of the instrument?

Also; I'm fond of the strap.. Do you know where such a strap could be acquired for a standard steel string guitar? I am fairly fond of the patterning on it.
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Re: Pictures of my vihuela

Postby Kent » Wed May 02, 2012 2:44 pm

A beautiful piece of art that sounds great. Perfect marriage for a guitarist!
The Rosette is exceptional and I like how the frets positions are carried over to the back of the neck.
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Re: Pictures of my vihuela

Postby Valéry Sauvage » Wed May 02, 2012 2:49 pm

About strap, this one is from a french maker named Sylvie Simon. She don't have a web site (I'll give you her adress in MP later (not at home now)).
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Re: Pictures of my vihuela

Postby Michael McGrath » Wed May 02, 2012 2:55 pm

Valéry Sauvage wrote:About strap, this one is from a French maker named Sylvie Simon. She don't have a web site (I'll give you her adress in MP later (not at home now)).


I would appreciate that Valéry, Merci!
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Re: Pictures of my vihuela

Postby waitswatcher » Wed May 02, 2012 3:00 pm

beautiful instrument!

is it the student or concert model, and how do they differ?

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Re: Pictures of my vihuela

Postby Valéry Sauvage » Wed May 02, 2012 3:06 pm

waitswatcher wrote:beautiful instrument!

is it the student or concert model, and how do they differ?

It is a concert model.
Students model don't have such decorations, and choice of woods are simpler, and also on a concert model ,first choice spruce (from Jura) is choosed for the sound board.
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Re: Pictures of my vihuela

Postby Doug Ingram » Wed May 02, 2012 4:08 pm

That is a real beauty. Now yet another instrument on my "to build" list!

Darn list is getting longer, and longer, and longer...

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Re: Pictures of my vihuela

Postby Les Backshall » Wed May 02, 2012 4:15 pm

Beautiful instrument Valery - superb sound as well.

Doug Ingram wrote:...Darn list is getting longer, and longer, and longer...


I recently added an archlute and theorbo to my 'must make' list, now the necks are getting longer and longer as well.

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Re: Pictures of my vihuela

Postby Scot Tremblay » Wed May 02, 2012 4:33 pm

Thank you for taking the time to take and post those photos Valery. I know it took time away from playing your beautiful instrument and I felt bad asking but my curiosity won over my consideration. It's much appreciated.

That's most beautiful and sounds great too! Dider does awesome work. I'm very impressed.
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Re: Pictures of my vihuela

Postby lagartija » Wed May 02, 2012 4:52 pm

What a spectacular instrument! You must be very pleased, Val; it looks and sounds beautiful. :D

Forgive my ignorance, but why do they cover the sound hole with the decoration of the rosette? It is beautiful, but I always wondered if that impeded the sound projection or is part of what gives the instrument the sound it has. Do all Vihuelas have a covered sound hole? :?
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Re: Pictures of my vihuela

Postby Valéry Sauvage » Wed May 02, 2012 6:00 pm

lagartija wrote:Do all Vihuelas have a covered sound hole? :?

Yes, like lutes, and renaissance guitar and also baroque ones. As Didier told me, it helps balancing the bass of the instrument (don't ask me how... but perhaps some luthiers here can explain better ?)
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