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Cezar MateusAll of my instruments are built individually to my clients' specifications. All instruments are built with the same care and attention to detail. I don't do "assembly line runs" of any instrument. While I will build "no-frills" student instruments on request, I never use lesser quality materials or cut corners. I use the finest materials I can secure, and I carefully "tap test" the woods to ensure the best acoustic properties. I used hide glue on all joints of acoustical importance, such as the soundboard: this results in the best sounding instrument and has the advantage of making it easier to make repairs, should they ever become necessary.

If I'm not happy with something, I do it again. If you are not completely satisfied with the instrument, I will build another instrument that meets your approval.

Materials

Woods Used for the Bowls

Cypress, Yew, Curly Maple, Birdseye Maple, Curly Cherry, European Pear, European Plum, Sycamore, Walnut, Rosewood, Kingwood, Bloodwood (deep red), Ebony. 

Detail woods (edges, fingerboards, etc.)

Boxwood, Snakewood, Holly, Ebony, Bone, and other materials as I see fit and are available. I'm sorry, but due to import and export restrictions, I cannot use ivory.

Woods Used for the Soundboard

I use fine, hand-selected German, Bosnian, and Romanian Spruce. I have used red cedar on some vihuelas with very good results: it yields very different sounding instruments that have pleased their owners.

Roses

Those "Round Gates of Sound" also known as Rosettes or Roses (By any other name should sound as Sweet) or as the Italians put it "stelle" (if you prefer the night sky)

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The rose is a flourish to the instrument that shows the builder's skill and helps establish the instrument's identity,
both aesthetic and acoustic. Here are some examples.

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R1

rose10

R2

r3

R3

Rose 1

R4

Rose 2

R5

Rose 8

R6

Rose 7

R7

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R8

R8

R9

R11

R10

R11

R11

R12

R11

R13

R14

 

Rose 3

PR1

Rose 5

PR2

Rose 6

PR3

Rose12

PR4

 

 

Workshop

Below are pictures of an 11-Course lute under construction. Click on the image to get a larger view.

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For pictures of the completed instrument, see the Baroque Lutes page.