DARRYL MARTIN'S NEWS

At last - a revision to the newspage! Apologies it has taken so long. Things have been busy on all fronts.  

Academic and research work is continuing along at pace. The "Native Transitional" article is in its final stages and should be published in the very near future, and work is also proceeding on both the Talbot Manuscript and another major publication which I shall remain a bit quiet about at present. At the University we are starting a catalogue of the Mirrey Collection instruments, with a volume on the Raymond Russell instruments to follow. Talking of the Mirrey instruments, the final seven have arrived in Edinburgh, and will shortly go on display at the hall, which will result in a fairly large change of display. We will take the opportunity to try and reduce the display instrument numbers a little (it is just a bit too crowded in there), but I am sure there will still be plenty to see...
I am at present making some minor changes to the Palmer orpharion drawing, which should be completed fairly soon and then it will be updated on the Musical Instrument Museum website in Copenhagen. And one or two other drawing will be revised in Edinburgh as well as part of the task of getting the drawings from the original harddrawn examples to CAD drawings.

The workshop is still very busy. The Schiedmayer clavichord is finished up to the stringing stage, and work is starting on the next instruments - an Italian harpsichord (based on the Anonymous instrument in the University of Edinburgh Collection) and on another reproduction of the van Hemessen clavichord, which will be going to a player in Denmark. When in Denmark last November I had the chance to deliver the most-recently completed instrument - a humle (Danish folk zither) which was commissioned by the Dragor Museum (the owners of the original).
Below are some pictures of the humle, if anyone is interested in what it might look like...