minstrel: is ther anybody out there

Lutr Ruckstaendewerfer lutr at betahelix.net
Fri Nov 14 02:35:20 PST 2008


Neat.  I'd love to see pictures of your new toy, if you have them. 

cheers,
Lutr

nickolas kaugon wrote:
> hi has this list gone dead?
>
> i was away in greece for a month and nada a comment.
>
> i bought a second hand lauta there . the older one from the constantanople tradition. with friction pegs and four courses with seven strings. couldn't help myself. there is a fabulous greek folk instrument museum in athens in the plaka just north of the acropolis. they have a wonderfull collection of old instruments and recordings you can listen to, both old fiel recordings for stlyes of a hundred years old or so and recreation recordings for ancient music.
>
> there is a carving pictured there showing one of these instruments from the second century, on a bit of research i found a statue fron 300 bc of a similar instrument then called a pandora--rather peotic. ;iterally means gift fron the gods in ancient greek. so these instrument are very old in greece.
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> of course you can't tell from pictures and statues if the top is made from skin or wood but the tradition is still there.
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> the first four course lutes appear in the west after  the year one thousand--some one out there prove me wrong and save me the xtra research
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> ant way i have an early stlye lute with microtonal fretts(tied on) to boot. i love a new toy
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