Technical description: The lower section of the body (in plan view) is rounded, with straight sides from bridge level to the neck and column joints. The lower section is almost 90Âº to the soundboard. Three ribs, the two outer ribs curved, the central rib flat. Two oblong holes, both 63.5×16. Three soundbars, two above the bridge, one below. Substantial bridge with supporting piece below the soundboard, attached by three dowels and glue. The crest of the bridge has an ivory or bone strip for the strings to go over. Raised ebony (?) fingerboard. Square-headed tuning-pins. Wide headstock due to the dital mechanism. Fluted column on the bass side, with tuned ornaments at the top and the bottom. Pine soundboard. Ditals can hook to hold them in the raised semitone position. The nut is angled from treble to bass. Strings 1 - 5 have two places for the string to go (at different frets) so that they can play at one semitone or the other. The top string has access to seven frets above the highest open string position. Strings 6 - 19 each have semitone ditals. The string goes over a fret and passes through the dital (brass) which has a button behind which, if pressed, acts on a lever causing the dital to go down, pushing the string down onto the higher fret. Note names are painted in gold on the back from E (lowest string) - D (highest dital string) in tone steps. Frets of ivory or bone. Gilded wooden pedestal at the bottom with felt glued on for placing the instrument upright on the floor.
Early 19th centurySerial number: 20.
Light, Edward [Person]
University of Edinburgh
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- Hornbostel-Sachs classification:321.321-5 Necked bowl lutes sounded by the bare fingers
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- Hornbostel-Sachs category:321.321-5 Necked bowl lutes sounded by the bare fingers
- Repository:University of Edinburgh
- View the original record:https://collections.ed.ac.uk/mimed/record/17711