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The musical instrument gallery at the Ashmolean is an interesting place to visit nevertheless.
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I wasn't joking. A typical bridge on a Baroque guitar has such a small footprint that it is obvious to any maker that it couldn't take the tension of modern guitar strings without coming off.
Michael, I just hope Mr. MacKillop believes you....Michael.N. wrote: ↑Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:48 pmGut has higher density than nylon, therefore it has a higher tension when both strings are at the exact same diameter. Steel has a higher density than gut therefore it's tension is the highest - assuming same pitch, same gauge strings.
Baroque guitars and lutes are strung at around 3 Kg per string (although doubled), modern guitars at around 7 kg per string.
Yes I think that maybe you did misread what I said, but no harm done, and no need to apologise. I made my comments about the features of Baroque guitars in response to something that Alan Carruth made about the modern tendency to judge everything against what we produce now. I was agreeing with Alan and was simply trying to say that, in spite of their differences (which I listed) Baroque guitars obviously fitted the bill for the times in which they were made.RobMacKillop wrote: ↑Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:35 pmMy understanding of your position was that gut strings on baroque guitars were much lower in tension than modern strings, and that would be a consideration to take into account when using the vaulted back on a modern guitar. The point Michael makes (one I thought too obvious to mention) is that the baroque guitar had double courses. When doubled, the tension is little different from modern strings. But maybe I misread you, and apologise for pushing you towards the comments you made. I'll withdraw from the debate, if indeed that's what it is.
Being careful not to stray into the dreaded dark Wood of Hyperbole, I thinks some of DARs top soundboard bracingHis top bracing pattern is quite interesting too
Alan, what were the good hearing aids and what were the inadequate backups? How do they differ? What did they cost? Are hearing aids hi fidelity? I do not have a hearing problem yet. I did try 3 hearing aids when I had the opportunity just to see how they sound and they were just terrible! Noisy, harsh and sharp! I only tried it with conversation, not music. I don't think music would have been any different. These were hearing aids that cost between $1,000 to $5,000.Alan Carruth wrote: ↑Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:05 pmI've never made a guitar with a vaulted back, either steel or nylon strung. I have made both steel string and Classical guitars with carved arched plates, but that's a different beast. Lehmann (www.lehmannstrings.com) had a couple of vaulted back steel strings at the Woodstock show in 2017. Sadly, I can't comment on the sound: my good hearing aids chose that time to go on the fritz, and I was working with grossly inadequate backups.