jeffrysteele wrote:32 views and 0 replies. I guess Malcolm Brooks draws a blank.
I know malcolm Brooks - he's retired from guitar building now. You may find that your 8-string is the only one he ever built as this was never his primary profession (though he was trained, not a pure hobbyist).
I've never owned one of his instruments but played several (including the vihuela that you spotted) and would characterise his instruments as having a warm and intimate quality on the whole; not loud but solid and even across the range with a definite sweetness. The problem with generalising is that he was always experimenting - I don't recall ever coming across two instruments built to the same design.
The aforementioned vihuela has modern tuning machines - requested by the purchaser I believe - and there's one more of his instruments for sale - his final guitar which was completed by two other luthiers, one of whom was Dave Gregory - the other I'm not sure about. It's going for around £1500-2000 as far as I can remember - I can gather more information if required.
I'd be interested to hear your impressions of this 8-string Jeffry ... once you've had a chance to explore its possibilities.