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Early lute - end block vs (inner) tail strip

antekboodzik - 11-18-2018 at 02:40 AM

This will be a question for our Sir John, as he is the most experienced in early lute construction here, probably :)

It is assumed, that lute body should have a thin, hot-bent reinforcing tail-strip glued inside the bowl after the bowl is completed and released from its mould. But evidently some makers do contrary, placing a "more like oud" end block at the bottom of the mould, and then constructing a bowl:


Does it change anything? Is it "irregular" to what is looked upon as a proper method for building lute body, or simply a convenient option?

Naiman - 3-6-2019 at 07:02 PM

I would also like to know the answer to this question. Building a lute "in the air" seems like it might be quicker than having to first construct a mold, so anchoring the ribs to a pre made inner reinforcement at the tail end should work, and be fitted better also than trying to install one after building the bowl. Not having actually done this, I'll have to try it out.