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Jaume Bosser, Luthier

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My models are not exact copies of early instruments, but follow the constructional criteria that I´ve been able to observe after many years of a meticulous study of them. Such a study includes the publications of museums and researchers, as well as the notes, photographs and measurements that I´ve had the opportunity to make by myself directly to original instruments. All the modifications made from those originals, have been dictated by the needs of modern musicians, in order to obtain satisfactory instruments, from both points of view of sound and playability. I use only selected wood, well cured (naturally air dried minimum 6 years; often 10 or more). Most of the work is handcrafted. This offers a lot of flexibility for making changes from a given model. You can take part in the design of your instrument, deciding aspects such as wood species, dimensions and string distances, rose and other decorative items. I started lute building in 1982 as an amateur, while I worked professionally as a multi instrument-player musician. My 1st instrument was a renaissance lute kit, that I used afterwards in many concerts and recordings of vinyl, CD´s, TV and radio. From 1992, I left more and more aside performing music to work exclusively as a luthier. During my amateur years, I worked occasionally with Ricard Margarit, luthier from Les Pobles (Tarragona), from who I learned my first steps about lutherie. Later, I´ve attended several instrument making courses in Spain with Manuel G. Mayoral (flamenco guitar, Hospitalet (Barcelona), 1987); Carlos González (renaissance guitar, Aracena (Andalucía), 1995); David Van Edwards (baroque lute, internet, 1999); and José Luís Romanillos (classical guitar, Sigüenza (Guadalajara), 2005). I regularly perform conservation and restoration work on early guitars and lutes from the Barcelona’s music museum (Museu de la música de Barcelona). One of the outstanding works concluded with the recording of a CD with original guitars from the museum, performed by the great master Xavier Díaz-Latorre. I’ve also done conservation and restoration work on early guitars from private owners (Jordi Savall and others). I’ve teached several instrument making courses: renaissance lute, at the Festival de música antigua de Gijón (2005), organized by Carlos González; renaissance vihuela de mano, organized by the Asociación de Violería y Organología Instrumental Romanillos-Harris, in Sigüenza (2010). As a result of this last experience, a DVD was made, « How to build a vihuela de mano » (in english and spanish), and Mónica Esparza wrote an article in American Lutherie #106 I´ve given several talks about early instrument making.

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