Ryeman wrote:Michael, yes I have made a few Baroque lutes; ten in fact, mostly based on the 13 course J C Hoffmann -Leipzig 1730- in the Brussels Cons. catalogue no 3188. I have a very useful outline drawing of this, done by Steven Murphy I think, which shows all the string geometry relating to the bass rider etc. All the things that may be putting you off, being more complicated than that found on a typical Renaiisance & or 10 course lute. You can have a copy if I can get it printed, though you probably have all the information you need from van Edwards. What is it specifically that's stopping you making one?
Pip Bickerstaffe is still making longbows as far as I know. I knew him years ago when I lived not far from him. Shot in competitions with him a few times, and I have his book on making longbows. Hope your repair holds up..
The Van Edwards plan is for the 13 course Hoffmann - if it's the same one that has the relief carving on the back of the pegbox. I can't say I'm a great fan of that style of carving but of course it can be omitted. It's a very detailed plan and he even includes a separate plan for the skeleton mould.
The CD instruction are detailed too. It's only let down a little by the pictures, which were obviously taken on an old digital camera. It's not a big deal. If someone is looking for step by step instructions on bulding a lute I would advise the Van edwards rather than the Lundberg book. Nice to have both though.
Nothing specifically is stopping me, just my attitude. I tend to skip from one project to the next, whatever takes my fancy at the time. Usually it has to be something that generates verve and excitement. Even I never know what that will be. I just have to go with the flow. If I do get around to building it I'll almost certainly use a much shorter string length, perhaps 67 or 68 cm's, which probably puts it in the region of an 11 course. I don't see why it can't be built as a 13 course but strung as an 11 course with the option of adding the other two courses when it suits.
I do like the Dm sound. A bit like drop D tuning on guitar, it seems to give pieces a certain 'different' quality. Warm?. There's probably a much more poetic manner of describing it than I can muster.