... the 1880s, that is?https://postimg.cc/gallery/gl4oesf0/
So... many years ago I was in one of the acoustic shops in Denmark Street and tried out a pre-war Washburn parlour guitar. I thought it was fantastic, but they wanted £4k for it and I didn't have £4k.
Then last week I spotted this on eBay -- listed as a Lyon and Healy parlour model from before 1887 (something to do with the shape of the neck joint apparently). Happily it wasn't £4k and now it's mine. Tis a dinky little thing with the most V-shaped neck ever!
It sounds great although the existing strings are a bit knackered and I don't have a spare set here. Seller says that he uses conventional but light steel strings, is that OK or should I go for low tension ones? There's a crack running along the bridge, but I'm told this is stable and has been that way for years. Most of the strings intonate a bit sharp at the 12th but I'm hoping that is partly the ancient strings. Action is high-ish but playable -- about 4.5mm at the 12th on the low E -- and of course there is no truss rod. Wondering whether it might be worth thinking about a neck reset at some point.