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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Cittern completed

 The cittern is now fnished, and I am happy with the outcome. I have learnt a lot, and my techniques are improving

There were a few minor glitches in the final stages. I had to redo the nickle plating on the tailpiece as some of the nickel flaked off when I drilled the hole to accomodate the strap button. After a bit of research I worked out that the brass needed an acid wash before the plating (even though it had a mirror finish), so I scraped of all the plating, repolished it and then gave it a bath in 20% hydrochloric acid - it's amazing what you can buy at the local hardware shop. After this, the nickel plating went on well and there was no flaking.

When I was fitting the bridge I was a little over enthusiastic in reducing the height, and the action ended up too low - particularly on the thicker G and D strings. To fix this I added a thin layer of ebony to the bottom of each bridge foot, and as well as correcting the height of the action, I think it looks quite pretty!

The instrument is quite heavy (particularly after working on the bowlback). This is partly due to the wider neck (the shape of the neck suits a larger hand size), but the 10 Schaller tuning machines also make a significant contribution. I think that future work will be towards smaller, lighter instruments

I am now looking to sell this cittern (drop me a line if you are interested!) - I will load up a soundfile over the next week or so.


MonkeyManStudios said...

Hey there my good man! Any chance you're still looking to sell that Cittern you finished last year?

I'd love to hear about it!
Joel Mankey

richard h said...

Hi Joel,

I am still looking to sell the cittern. If you are interested then please get in touch at

best wishes,