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I'm shocked to find that 'chitarrone' has been merged into 'theorbo' - I know that distinguishing the instruments has always been a matter of contention, but this does seem a bit drastic!

The instrument at stake was called chitarrone at first (Rome), then tiorba. Tiorba as a name was later applied to any lute type instrument with second peg box. --Mathiasroesel 15:11, 15 October 2006 (UTC)

Oh well, I guess I'll wait for Lynda Sayce's book to be published (soon I hope) to find out the truth... Ndaisley 15:12, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

'Twas I who did it, I confess. I'd always taken Robert Spencer's article to be authoritative, and most players and luthiers in the English-speaking world appear to agree with his categorisations. InfernoXV 16:54, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

You should, as a civilized man, include Meucci's opinion apropos.Galassi 13:54, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

You're certainly right, but I haven't access to the article - would you like to do the necessary edits and references? InfernoXV 23:51, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

Under duress: • Da "chitarra italiana" a "chitarrone": una nuova interpretazione, in Enrico Radesca da Foggia, atti del convegno, a cura di Francesca Seller, Lucca, LIM, 2001, pp. 37-57.Galassi 01:00, 17 September 2006 (UTC)

I agree with the first comment: Chitarrone and Theorbo are not the same instrument! The Chitarrone is "longer" (and "older") than the Theorbo! See the celebrated book by Curt Sachs "The History of Musical Instruments" (click here to read it on Google Books): he clearly makes a distinction between Chitarrone and Theorbo and shows this difference by providing the reader with a drawing. Even Italian, French and Spanish Wikipedia have two different entries for Chitarrone and Theorbo! The English entry should be reviewed and corrected. Or, at least, the redirect from Chitarrone to Theorbo should be removed. Regards, --Ricercatrice81 (talk) 09:37, 14 April 2014 (UTC)


Perhaps someone could find another diagramme showing the tuning? Those innumerbale ledger lines...! --Mathiasroesel 15:24, 15 October 2006 (UTC)

Lowest course, according to this diagramm is F, not G. It would be very handy if the creator used an F clef - leger lines are not that easy for most readers. I am also having trouble updoading this image in the Greek wikipedia; could someone give me a hand? Cheers --Chrysalifourfour (talk) 13:05, 11 September 2011 (UTC)

Concur with the clef comment above. Also, the clef symbol used in this diagram (and others, e.g. Lute) does not appear in the article on clefs. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:08, 11 June 2014 (UTC)

Description makes no sense.[edit]

The intro dives into a discourse on the etymology of the name, without ever explaining what the second set of strings is for. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:17, 2 February 2014 (UTC)

A better photo is needed and a schematic diagram. Xxanthippe (talk) 22:50, 22 August 2015 (UTC).

CD example[edit]

A Theorbo is used in the Decca CD Janine Jansen, Vivaldi Four Seasons — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:43, 2 March 2016 (UTC)


Looking for the correct pronunciation of this, would be nice to have in this article. (talk) 20:50, 26 April 2017 (UTC)