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Who is this German luthier?

I saw this beautiful guitar at the violin maker Rathmann's workshop in Hamburg https://www.geigenbau-rathmann.de/, he takes care of the violins and celli of our school. Can't read the luthier's name on the label, the lady in the shop didn't have any information about who or when. Buldenstroth? Rulckustroth? I tried several variations in the web that should fit to the handwriting, but got no match.

Don't want to buy it (although 690 € should be an interesting price for a luthier built instrument), just would be looking forward to information about this guitar and it's maker. Can anybody help?


BucoDoubleWhiskyBillDaCostaWilliams
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  • Jangle_JamieJangle_Jamie Scottish HighlandsNew De Rijk, some Gitanes and quite a few others
    Posts: 208

    Oooh, I like it! I'll buy it!!! The tailpiece is hideous and the bridge looks a bit naff, but the guitar itself looks great. Did you play it? What's it like?

  • WillieWillie HamburgNew
    Posts: 839

    Plays very good, my hands loved it, the sound is light and cutting, a bit thin. This might be due to the cheap looking tailpiece (there is a Blueridge Gypsy guitar in the Rathmann shop with the same tailpiece); and I don't know what strings are on.

  • Posts: 4,812

    It's a very unique take on a Selmer style. What's the scale? From the back the neck looks short but that's maybe because of oversized body.

    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • Jangle_JamieJangle_Jamie Scottish HighlandsNew De Rijk, some Gitanes and quite a few others
    Posts: 208

    Strings look good, but the plastic or bone saddle on the bridge could kill a bit of the volume and tone.

  • WillieWillie HamburgNew
    edited April 2023 Posts: 839

    @Buco don't know what scale length.

    @Jangle_Jamie contact shop owner Birgit Wyrowski via email: [email protected]. As violin builders they should be able to tell you more details about scale length, saddle material etc.

  • billyshakesbillyshakes NoVA✭✭✭ Park Avance - Dupont Nomade - Dupont DM-50E
    Posts: 1,337

    Yeah, agreed. I don't really care for the tailpiece. But, with what looks like a three piece neck. Nice flame maple back. The straight lines on the headstock and fretboard extension might be easier to execute but give it a modernistic feel. Does the lower bout towards the tailpiece seem more rounded than normal? Otherwise, aesthetically, if you put a gold tailpiece with either a flame maple or a tortoise-like inlay piece, you'd have a nice looking instrument. If it is #100 does that mean it could be the 1st instrument of its kind?

  • Posts: 4,812

    Doesn't the owner or somebody in the shop know something? At least how did it come to the shop, then you could ask that person.

    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • WillieWillie HamburgNew
    Posts: 839

    The lady could not tell me anything. I try to lift the veil when I have to go there the next time.

  • Posts: 50

    i played this guitar and to my ear it's very poor sounding, it doesn't project at all! Although the Workmanship looks fine the strings are much too close to the top so there is no rest stroke playing possible without hitting the top!

    billyshakes
  • WillieWillie HamburgNew
    Posts: 839

    @Djangheureux Yes, the sound is not convincing.

    Did go get any information about the luthier when you visited the shop?

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