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Any luthier's out there have any pointers for charango
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Hi, i was hoping there are a few luthiers, that may have any pointers for me, for making a charango. Any spects or measurments, or advice ? I'd appriciate it, thanks

Started this discussion. Last reply by Markus Schmid Aug 30, 2017.


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At 4:44am on August 30, 2017, Markus Schmid said…

Hi Steve, thanks for getting to me regarding charango building.

I had started  my charango building blog on a few years ago but never continued the documentation here. I have made though complete picture documentations of my two first charangos creation, the second includes picture captions - in Spanish as good or bad as my Spanish is. You can find them in my personal picture blog here:

(navigate to "construcción - Charango 1" respectively "Construcción - Charango 2".

I really ought to finish the description in english here on my blog.

If you have some specific questions, just ask me here, or if you feel like it maybe even better on the forum in order others will be able to benefit from our conversation as well.

Please shoot me a pm with a link to the related forum-thread if you ask a charango related question on the forum so that I will see it at all, as I don't lurk around there very often.

Thanks again for your interest.



At 2:57pm on August 31, 2017, Steve said…
Thank you so much mark, that is a lot of helpful information you gave me. Thanks also for the advice, i was under the impression that if i want to make a ronroco, i would have to have narjillian wood(which is impossible for me to get) because the guy who i bought the ronroco from, bragged about it being one peice narjillian wood. As if that is the only wood that should be used. All the info i have tried to get together, no one knew half the knowledge you do. So thank you. I think i will try the two piece build, as you suggested. Im glad to hear i can ask you question, you have been really helpful so i wanted to respond back. Im goong to start looking for some wood blocks, and i may ask you for some more advice soon. Ill glady talk to you in pm or, whatever works for you. Thanks again, by the way, i figure out how to see the charango picks, beautiful joinery, and grains on the bodies of your instruments
At 4:58am on September 3, 2017, Markus Schmid said…

Indeed, Bolivian are extremely proud of their one-piece charangos and ronrocos, as if it would be something magic. But the only magig in there is that every now and then they crank yout a knot-free instrument, which actually is nice, but doesn't happen too often. In my opinion is is just a waste of valuable wood and, as I said, giving away control over wood quality. The only positive thing (other than "the magic") is saving one or two joinery work steps.

If you feel comfortable with asking in the forum this is fine for me, as the public (or what remained of it - seems that the forum is not very active anymore) could benefit of the conversation as well.

Also, I would be notified on posts on the forum, but not on your repiles on your "profile wall" (different thing as PMs), which also is the reason that I didn't notice for a couple of days that you gave an answer to my remarks here.

At 6:41am on September 3, 2017, Steve said…
Sure def do that. Anything else i write in there, i will try and tag you, and or atkeast send you the link. Im not too good with computers, and this is 1st club or computer forum thing i am doing and that was because i really want to make this, so i just need to learn how to add someone to link,
At 6:41am on September 3, 2017, Steve said…
Wish i could add this to the wall of
At 8:53am on September 3, 2017, Markus Schmid said…

No worries, I'll be passing by here every once in a while.

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