For the namesake entry to this blog, I'd like to ponder; If the old masters were around today, how would they build a lute?
The man, the myth, the legend… the beard
OK, first we have to clarify- exactly WHICH Dieffopruchar are we talking about??? The “D” family (or “T” if you want to include the Tiefenbrucker spelling in the dozen or more variants)
Tieffenbrucker, Tiefenbrugger, Tiefenbrucker, Teufenbrugger, Tuiffenbrugger, Deuffenbrugger, Dieffopruchar, Dieffoprughar, Duyfautbrocard, Duiffopruggar, Duiffoprugcar, Dubrocard, Dieffoprukhar, Diafurgopruchar, Thabiphobrucar
All that and a bag of chips. Can we include these as well?
Sorry, I got distracted. Anyway, the Dieffopruchar’s had a dynasty that lasted generations, and they made the early classic 6-course lutes to baroque beasties. So, “What would Dieffopruchar do” might make a nice moniker for a bracelet, t-shirt or a bumper sticker but we can include all of the masters of that age- Maler, Rauwolf, Unverdorben, Railich, Buchenberg, Tesler, etc.
OK, so what would they do?
To the question, I am wondering what their operations would look like if they were to produce lutes and the like today. To paraphrase 20th-century master lute maker Stephen Gottlieb, unless you use the traditional materials you end up with something that’s not really a lute.
Following the parameters and recipe to make something that resembles a lute- looks like a lute, plays like a lute, and sounds like a lute… how much leeway do we have? Good old “Grandpa D” didn’t live in the mass-production age that we do, but his shop turned out thousands of lutes in an efficient way. Demand was high enough that everyone wanted one and had to get one.