Just finished a mid 19th century 8 string Viennese guitar. This is from a design by a maker directly between J.G. Staufer and Scherzer. The lower bout is 14"/just under 36cm across and the string length is 644mm so it's getting close to the modern instrument in size.
This particular design surprised the **** out of me the moment I strung one up and started playing around on it. I knew the bigger body and longer string length would produce more volume but I wasn't quite prepared for how much more. This particular instrument is especially gifted in the volume department. I dare say it rivals many modern instruments in volume and sustain all the while maintaining the typical Viennese timber. Mertz is going to rock on this one....
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"One picture is worth a thousand words. So, for me, one good note put where it should be put, will say what it will take some people many notes to say. ~B.B. King, 1986