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9 strings. (only three pegs remain). No fret markings on finger-board (suggesting that there were either no frets or that they were made of gut and tied on); evidence of three frets on the sound board. Minimal decoration. 21 ribs. Soundboard cracked. The nut has had some alteration of the grooves of strings and the tail-piece has had additional string holes drilled. Some holes are close together perhaps indicating some strings were double course. Decorative carved pattern around sound-board hole.

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    Rauche, Michael [Person]
  • Collection:
    Birmingham Conservatoire
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  • Place of production:
    London (Timezone: Europe/London)
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  • Inscriptions:Written in black ink underneath strap button: “1779 Michael Rauches, Stangate Street, Stangate, Surrey”.
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  • Repository:Birmingham Conservatoire
  • Measurements:805mm; body width: 307mm; body length: 395mm; body depth: 130mm approx; string length: 526mm.