Mark; Interesting article, but I would take issue with many of his points, as did many of the 58 people that responded to the blog. He got a headache and bellyache from listening to a guitar in a concert hall? I think that borders on hysterics. To say that Segovia would not approve belies the fact that Segovia constantly longed for a louder guitar, hence the development of the Ramirez 1A. So loud, I got complaints from my neighbors when I had one, but to difficult to play for someone without Segovia's monstrous hands. Best to have an older Hauser? Yes, but they are in short supply. Stenzel laments that demand for guitars like his are not like the demand for double tops, but seriously, most of the top guitarists in the world today play double top guitars from Gernot Wagner, Matthias Dahmann, Antonius Muller, Garrett Lee and Greg Smallman, which really isn't a double top, but has similar performance. These makers command prices up $40,000 with a 10 year waiting list due to high demand, because players want those guitars, even if Stenzel believes they should not want them! Stenzel claims that double tops don't have sustain? Mine does, and most of the ones I have heard do. I will admit that the tone is less âwarm' than my 54 year old Manuel Velazquez, a Hauser copy, but my new guitar, made by an up and coming master craftsman, Jeremy Cooper, using spruce, not cedar, had only a 1.5 year wait and a price just a fraction of a Smallman, and it is a very lively, responsive instrument that I am thrilled with.
A. John Mardinly, Ph.D., P.E. Classical Guitarist/Lutenist On Mar 24, 2020, at 6:04 PM, Mark Probert <probe...@gmail.com> wrote: John wrote: Question is, has this been tried on a lute? Are there any luthiers interested in trying? Interesting technology. As applied to a lute? Not so sure. I suspect someone will but most won't as there is not really any advantage and much disadvantage (the lamination process for starters, workin with nomex or similar, etc.). The problem this construction "fixes" is loudness. While there may be occassions when a lute is too soft, making up for it with an overly stiff soundboard would, I suspect, take away much of what makes a lute sound the way it does. Consider the following article for more https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.guitarsalo n.com_blog_-3Fp-3D1467&d=DwICAg&c=l45AxH-kUV29SRQusp9vYR0n1GycN4_2jInuK y6zbqQ&r=VLPJ8OE-c_C6joGeE1ftlvxMmQPq9N6mpKZONBRt90E&m=VO17TMFd5AE45xeT L5CpHHfeYKx4wE0Oyg1ymaOAVwg&s=Fqp32HQ4e5x4deCkMBtUOHeu7QHo5OJHmZGGzwvvN BM&e= Kind regards .. mark. To get on or off this list see list information at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.cs.dartmouth .edu_-7Ewbc_lute-2Dadmin_index.html&d=DwICAg&c=l45AxH-kUV29SRQusp9vYR0n 1GycN4_2jInuKy6zbqQ&r=VLPJ8OE-c_C6joGeE1ftlvxMmQPq9N6mpKZONBRt90E&m=VO1 7TMFd5AE45xeTL5CpHHfeYKx4wE0Oyg1ymaOAVwg&s=w7_xDF9LDLHk93wBMFCtTGvsS7cf 6-zPr_I-yG8zSvE&e= References 1. mailto:probe...@gmail.com 2. https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.guitarsalon.com_blog_-3Fp-3D1467&d=DwICAg&c=l45AxH-kUV29SRQusp9vYR0n1GycN4_2jInuKy6zbqQ&r=VLPJ8OE-c_C6joGeE1ftlvxMmQPq9N6mpKZONBRt90E&m=VO17TMFd5AE45xeTL5CpHHfeYKx4wE0Oyg1ymaOAVwg&s=Fqp32HQ4e5x4deCkMBtUOHeu7QHo5OJHmZGGzwvvNBM&e= 3. https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.cs.dartmouth.edu_-7Ewbc_lute-2Dadmin_index.html&d=DwICAg&c=l45AxH-kUV29SRQusp9vYR0n1GycN4_2jInuKy6zbqQ&r=VLPJ8OE-c_C6joGeE1ftlvxMmQPq9N6mpKZONBRt90E&m=VO17TMFd5AE45xeTL5CpHHfeYKx4wE0Oyg1ymaOAVwg&s=w7_xDF9LDLHk93wBMFCtTGvsS7cf6-zPr_I-yG8zSvE&e=