Arthur Robb
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1837 LOUIS PANORMO

NUMBER 2177

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In August 2021, the guitar arrived from Scotland. It is to be completely repaired and restored to playing condition and then offered for sale on this website.

There are a number of repairs needed; two cracks on the back, a crack in the heel, the rosewood sides are very thin and have cracked in several places. The bridge needs to be put back on and a good clean is in order.

It is interesting to note that the Baker tuning machines are in immaculate condition showing no wear but the fingerboard has been pitted from much use.

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To begin removing the back, an old table knife is inserted between the back and sides. This time the back came away very neatly, the glue mostly cracking as the knife was moved. The strength of the glue was absolutely correct; the guitar is strongly constructed but the glue joints can be relatively easily be dismantled. This is not the first time this back has been removed.

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A first look at the inside of the dismantled guitar. The bars reinforcing the back remained with the body of the guitar and were later removed using cotton wool, hot water and patience to dislodge them.

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Gluing the two cracks closed and adding reinforcement. The back and the little glued on pieces are both rosewood.

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Replacing the two bars on the back.

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The inside of the guitar is very clean. It is in excellent condition, perhaps the best I have ever seen. The ribs are cracked in a few places and will need reinforcement but the soundboard will need no repairs.

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