::: Salomon harpolyre - c. 1830 :::
see details :
- before restoration
- after restoration
Date : c. 1830
Made by : Jean-François Salomon,
french, 1786 - 1834
In : Besançon, France
Materials : mahogany, ebony, bone

Instrument invented and built (patent granted on march 19th 1929) by Jean-François Salomon, a music teacher in Besançon (France). This instrument had all its original parts except the pegs of the bridge and some of the pegs of the head. Part of the sounding board, the bottom, the sides and the head were loose or fractured. This unusual instrument is a cultural testimony of the wonderful early 19th century lutherie, with all its attempts at finding new ways and new musical expressions.

Bibliography :
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Histoire de la guitare, Zurfluh
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La Technique de la guitare en France dans la première moitié du XIXe siècle, Thèse de troisième cycle de musicologie, 1980, Université Paris Sorbonne
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Richard Martin Guitars, an illustrated celebration of America’s premier guitar maker, Reader’s Digest
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Dictionnaire universel des luthiers, Les Amis de la musique