minstrel: EMS Cittern Kit

warden warden_2 at comcast.net
Mon Aug 31 08:31:01 PDT 2009

I've rebuilt several instruments but never one from scratch.
Another option might be to look for a Mandola, (which is tuned the same 
as a viola) to get a longer scale.

Let us know what you end up with!

Aaron Elkiss wrote:
> Dear SCA Musicians,
> I have recently been using an Irish bouzouki, restrung and capoed at
> the 7th fret, to approximate a Renaissance cittern. (It works pretty
> well and sounds reasonable, although the sound is not quite as
> 'bright' as recordings I have heard. A mandolin sounded a little
> better but the scale length is too short compared to an actual
> Renaissance cittern.) I would like an actual cittern, but I haven't
> found any relatively inexpensive ones other than the EMS cittern kit.
> So - Has anyone built the EMS Cittern kit? How difficult did you find
> it to build (and what was your level of woodworking expertise at the
> time?) How did your instrument turn out?
> -Aaron Drummond
> Barony of Cynnabar
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