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Folks, I've been approached by someone wanting a lira da braccio! I know of several, including the da Salo and Giovanni Maria in the Ashmolean, as well as the Linarol in the NMM. The Ashmolean has the Hill drawings of the Maria, but other than that I am not aware of any good tech data on one of these beasts. I'm hoping some of you will be able to point me towards additional resources, comment on the quality of the Hill data, or talk about your experiences making a lira. Thanks so much!
Not sure how deep the rabbit hole goes, but several MN people have expressed love for the Brescian school. I have been looking at two beautiful lira de Braccios by Giovanni Maria. But I have always wondered how the heck this was made without a button or heel. The Coates book lays out the proportional geometry of the one in the Ashmolean with no mention of this problem. The May 1995 Strad features the same undated lira de braccio, yet doesn't provide a helpful angle. In July 2012 the Strad had a lovely spread of a similar instrument (identical in ways) once owned by Chanot (thus it is equipped with a Karlino inscription dated 1452, interesting but neither here nor there). This one had a tiny button added on at some point. But no explanations of the process which made the instrument constructed without a heel or button. Well, Dilworth probably isn't a MNer. In my dreams. Anyone have any ideas?