1.) How in the world does the bridge get glued on? I've done it on guitars and its fairly easy but you have a flat opposing surface to leverage the clamping. The opposing surface of a lute is a bowl...obviously lol.
2.) Are lutes really such 'low' tension instruments? Take a 10c lute, for example. Assuming a single high string would add up to 19 strings...do they really add up to a total tension less than the guitar's 6 strings? And how does a bridge with such a tiny footprint not rip off the instrument under such tension.
I guess what got me thinking about this was what I read in some album notes of a Nigel North recording:
This is from his 1998 recording of Robert Dowland's Variete of Lute Lessons played on a 9c lute.For this recording the lute was tuned in F at A415, using the 17th century method of tuning the top string as high as it will go before breaking.