minstrel: Introduction time
"J. K. Dänae Denby-Spencer"
danae at webolium.com
Fri Nov 30 09:44:39 PST 2001
>My name is Elizabeth and I live in Australia. I recently bought a celtic
>harp. Other then that I really don't know what to say except "hello" :)
Good day, Elizabeth. My name is Dänae Denby-Spencer and I'm a luthier, a
member of the Guild of American Luthiers. I've been monitoring this list to
try to get a handle on what's going on SCA-wise with ancient music and its
performance, because theat's the primary market for my little hobby.
For those folks having the Lute discussion, there are a number of
instruments I've been preparing for sale at SCA events and I so may have
some knowledge of use to you.
To begin with, I'm not a very "guitar-centric" luthier and actually came to
my craft through psalters, dulcimers, harps, pipes, drums and the like--in
fact, I rather resent the guitar's over-prominence in Western
music--there's so much more! Even so, the guitar is a very popular
instrument at SCA events but suffers from looking too common and modern. I
address this need by the construction of either lute-shaped guitars,
Citterns, Bouzouki or "English-style" guitars. My object is to sell a
quality instrument at a fair price which can be instantly played by a
guitarist while also fitting the costume needs of the performer. There's a
lot more folky strummers out there than classical arpeggio-masters, which
is what the discipline of the lute demands, anyway.
There is a company in Wisconsin, USA that makes a pretty decent guitar that
meets this requirement, and a certain amount of my trade comes from placing
them in the hands of SCA performers. Their web address is :
They also have a wonderful "baroque bass" which I should love to build one
day, were it not so over-priced. Fortunately they sell their plans.
J. K. Danae Denby-Spencer
"Do not meddle in the affairs of bards, for they are unsubtle, and your
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