Karsten Schnoor http://www.karstenschnoor.com/ finally has finished the restauration of this Patenotte Grande Bouche. As there's no postal code on the label, the instrument should be built before 1965, when postal codes were introduced in France; Karsten thinks it is much older. He exchanged the bridge but left the tailpiece and the tuners. The neck had been twisted, Karsten applied 2 carbon rods, and a slightly radiussed new fretboard. He glued and fixed what was necessary but preserved the character of an obviously well used instrument. The guitar plays very good, is loud and has a solid bark. I fell in love with this old beauty when I held it in my hands yesterday, and although there is one more instrument hanging around at our rather small flat now (3 gypsy guitars, not talking about archtops and ukes and brass and reeds and flutes and ... OMG!), my wife appreciated the vintage sound when I introduced it to her, and agreed that there is a new unique voice of it's own right added to the collection.
Lots to do inspite the holidays: finally tackle the late tax declaration, revising arrangements for my children's wind band for the upcoming x-mas season, preparing puppet theatre material for preschool. But as soon as I find the time I will record something with the Patenotte.
Pics of the guitar before the restauration are here: https://www.djangobooks.com/forum/discussion/18142/other-european-guitars/p10