Lute Lovers

This blog is for lute lovers, people who are looking for lutes to buy or try and for selling the latests lutes for sale by www.jminstruments.com. Hand made not factory made but at affordable prices in the form of student lutes and more elaborate custom made lutes for professional players. if you can afford a student lute then I make lutes to hire too. You can hear examples of different sizes/ woods on my you-tube channel jamarriage.

Monday, February 03, 2020


 Stock lutes for Sale 


Theorbe de Pieces in d' (a=415Hz) (The Lesser French Theorbo) based on Vendelio Venere, Padua c1611 (Vienna KHM C47)




This small Theorbo has a comfortable flat back yet just a wide as other theorboes is also referred to as a Theorbe de Pieces in d' or Lesser French Theorbo, or even a 'Luth a Double Manche (according to B.Narvey). String length 75.7/121cm, or 75.7/160 with a longer Italian theorbo neck as may have been on the original. This instrument may have started off life as a Bass lute, the neck on this instrument is narrow for a theorbo so may be the original Bass lute neck. The extended neck is more likely to be a conversion by a French lute maker like DesMoulins hence it's strung as a Theorbe de Pieces. However some early short necked, large bodied 'small' theorboes survive that are said to be original short necks, possibly tuned at standard chitarrone tuning in a' but at Paduan/Venetian Pitch (466Hz or 456Hz, according to E.Segerman 2008) possible at that higher pitch due to the shorter string length of 75.7cm but still justifying a double re-entrant stringing. It's a shallow theorbo at 15.5cm deep as seen below:





£4518 + case discounted to £450 due to scratches on delivery and being oversized. Of course another case could be ordered to fit the shorter length but will cost circa £690




6 crs Mandolino (Paris, E0702)








The latest addition is this Mandolino with 6 courses as ordered previously. The original instrument is in the Paris Cite de la Musique No E.0702. The original is mostly in Ebony and Ivory so I made this one out of Yew wood inspired by the Burkholtzer made before with heartwood yew, the rose also has a roped border. The neck is ebonised maple and the peg box ebonised limewood with natural pear wood pegs. The decorative headstock is made of holly and ebony like the original. The intention was to create a venetian lute feel for the mandolino. The case is an oversized case but was bought as left over stock from Kingham and used for this instrument, it can be bought without this case but it does a good job at protecting it and small enough, the instrument can be bought without the case too.


£1565 without the case, (£120 for case shown above)


8 crs Multiribbed Yew Renaissance lute based on Hans Burkholtzer c1596 (KHM NE48)










Originally inspired by the look, shape and sound of the Sixtus Rauwolf lute played by Jacob Lindberg, it was created to give the look/feel of an original instrument. With a multiribbed yew body with old dark and lighter heartwood, one small rib restoration (thus a reduced price), and with a slightly darker/'aged' finish elsewhere, hopefully it's got the ambience of an old/original instrument, dare I say!
It has a Black Walnut neck and pegbox (as recommended by the Mary Burwell lute Ms) and is cheaper than a veneered neck, less ebony too, the fingerboard is black English Bog Oak an eco-alternative to Ebony, the only ebony used is around the soundboard. The pegs and bridge are pearwood with decorative stars carved as seen on another original/ surviving lute by Giovanni Hieber ( Brussels MIM 1561). The original rose design, shown here has a roped border, typical of this type of renaissance lute.

£2625 plus the case at £558, a must if shipping overseas)


13crs AND Angelique in one, based on Maler/Elg













This is the latest creation based on the Maler (MI54) and the extended neck of the "Swedish theorbo" Elg (M220) c.1729. Comfortable and lightweight, powerful and rich basses, the body being shallow and fits the pre-existing case (c14.2 cm  deep) the string length is 70.2/92/107cm can be string as a 13crs as seen or as a 16crs angelique with extra holes in the bridge and groves in the nut. Ribs are in grade two English yew wood, recycled/reused Alpine spruce soundboard, bog oak fingerboard, ebonised maple neck and ebonised pearwood extended neck, bridge and endpin, natural pearwood pegs, CD Basses and NNG octaves and fingered courses. The case in a Kingham ex stock black exterior and Green velvet interior. The Maler/Frei Angelique previously made sounded nice so this time the neck was made a triple pegbox, rather modern looking for it's time and thus quicker to make reducing costs but a recent purchase of a triple pegbox by a well respected professional player helped make this the choice for the extended neck, the bases seem as powerful as longer necked italian theorbo.

 Sold, but can be ordered £1876 (the case, if required is £624)



 Sold Ex hire 7 course lute based on Hans Frei (Vienna KHM C34)

















7crs student lute for sale, made in 2015, used/hire instrument, ware due to playing/being held means its discounted to the current price. Strung in Kuershner Strings in g' at 440Hz, a warm a responsive tone. Yew heartwood body, maple neck and pegbox, pear wood pegs and bridge, fingerboard in eco-friendly English Bog oak. Currently on hire so if your interested in buying it when back off hire then it's first come first serve as standard.

New Price: Was £1365 Now £865 inc Kingham case (£665 with cheaper alternative case shown)



11 crs swan-neck lute (or Double lute) based on MIR 899
Originally by M.Hartung/Harton c1600 converted to a swan neck in c1691 by Johann Zacher/Dacherl Bresslau, New pics (10/2019) with new CD bass strings put on.















Yew multi-ribbed back, veneered neck with holly lines, stained maple extended neck with stained pearwood pegs, ebony fingerboard and natural pear wood bridge, strung all in gut at f' at a=415Hz, D minor tuning. Alternatively it could be strung like the double lute/luth en tuorbe/Luth a double manche in vieil ton as seen in  Mersenne's Harmonie Universelle (1636),  but in g' at Mersenne's pitch a=375Hz with a different set of strings. New Kingham case wine red exterior/black plush interior. Shallow body and string length of 63.4/90.2cm makes it very comfortable to play Weiss' 11crs music which suits this instrument. Here it here with its new CD bass strings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE2aPzmOKxc&feature=youtu.be


£ 4260  now £3699 slight use and including used case (some exterior scuffing)




Thursday, September 27, 2018


Sold (but can be ordered) 13 course Buchenburg triple pegbox baroque lute








13 course Buchenburg (Edinburgh 3249 deep body) with a triple pegbox based on Jauck (Copenhagen CL104) triple rose from the Railich archlute  (MIM1569) Inspired by the Berner CL105 shown here, except the hideous bridge! This was originally an archlute made 2002 with a new neck, pegbox and soundboard. Stringlength 70.3/85.3/97.5 cm in f (a=415Hz) strung with NNG and the new copper loaded CD bases by Aquilla. 19 ribs and neck in Black Walnut, Bog oak fingerboard, ebonised pearwood triple pegbox, Indian rosewood pegs. 14 frets for the Bach transcriptions. Can be heard being played here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqYwmBWHY0A

To order from www.jminstruments.com


Sunday, July 24, 2016



Current lutes for sale (updated 19/06/2020)



6 crs Mandolino (Paris, E0702)








The latest addition is this Mandolino with 6 courses as ordered previously. The original instrument is in the Paris Cite de la Musique No E.0702. The original is mostly in Ebony and Ivory so I made this one out of Yew wood inspired by the Burkholtzer made before with heartwood yew, the rose also has a roped border. The neck is ebonised maple and the peg box ebonised limewood with natural pear wood pegs. The decorative headstock is made of holly and ebony like the original. The intention was to create a venetian lute feel for the mandolino. The case is an oversized case but was bought as left over stock from Kingham and used for this instrument, it can be bought without this case but it does a good job at protecting it and small enough, the instrument can be bought without the case too.


£1565 without the case, (£120 for case shown above)



8 crs Multiribbed Yew Renaissance lute based on Hans Burkholtzer c1596 (KHM NE48)








Originally inspired by the look, shape and sound of the Sixtus Rauwolf lute played by Jacob Lindberg, it was created to give the look/feel of an original instrument. With a multiribbed yew body with old dark and lighter heartwood, one small rib restoration (thus a reduced price), and with a slightly darker/'aged' finish elsewhere, hopefully it's got the ambience of an old/original instrument, dare I say!
It has a Black Walnut neck and pegbox (as recommended by the Mary Burwell lute Ms) and is cheaper than a veneered neck, less ebony too, the fingerboard is black English Bog Oak an eco-alternative to Ebony, the only ebony used is around the soundboard. The pegs and bridge are pearwood with decorative stars carved as seen on another original/ surviving lute by Giovanni Hieber ( Brussels MIM 1561). The original rose design, shown here has a roped border, typical of this type of renaissance lute.

£2625 (case is £558 if required, a must if shipping overseas)


For sale new lower price 2020: 11 crs swan-neck lute (or Double lute) based on MIR 899
Originally by M.Hartung/Harton c1600 converted to a swan neck in c1691 by Johann Zacher/Dacherl Bresslau.





Yew multi-ribbed back, veneered neck with holly lines, stained maple extended neck with stained pearwood pegs, ebony fingerboard and natural pear wood bridge, strung all in gut at f' at a=415Hz, D minor tuning. Alternatively it could be strung like the double lute/luth en tuorbe/Luth a double manche in vieil ton as seen in  Mersenne's Harmonie Universelle (1636),  but in g' at Mersenne's pitch a=375Hz with a different set of strings. New Kingham case wine red exterior/black plush interior. Shallow body and string length of 63.4/90.2cm makes it very comfortable to play Weiss' 11crs music which suits this instrument. Hear it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKdCKVVtPkk
£ 4260 £3699 inc used case (some exterior scuffing)


Sold: 7 course lute based on Hans Frei (Vienna KHM C34)













7crs student lute for sale, made in 2015, used/hire instrument, ware due to playing/being held means its discounted to the current price. Strung in Kuershner Strings in g' at 440Hz, a warm a responsive tone. Yew heartwood body, maple neck and pegbox, pear wood pegs and bridge, fingerboard in eco-friendly English Bog oak. 

Price: £865 inc Kingham case or £665 with cheaper case




6 course renaissance lute based on Giovanni Heiber ( MIM 1561)

£ 1593 inc case SOLD but can be ordered at www.jminstruments.com





New 6 course Renaissance lute based on Giovanni Hieber, Venice.
String length 59.7cm strung in NNG and a Gut 6crs. String width at nut 3.8cm, string width at bridge 7.7cm, cherry wood ribs, maple neck and pegbox with pear and box wood heart shaped pegs, fine golden rose, pearwood bridge with stars carved on top, bog oak fingerboard. Case by somerset cases, semi hard case fabric covering.



5 course Medieval lute c1480

£1683 inc case, Sold, but can be ordered from www.jminstruments.com




5 course Medieval lute c.1470, with gut strings in g’ at 440Hz, 52.5cm string length.
English Yew back, pear wood neck, peg box and pegs, parchment rose with pear wood, alpine spruce soundboard with sycamore edging, double fretting. String width at nut 3.3cm, 7.8cm at bridge. Made in 2010, barely played, can be heard on the jamarriage channel on you tube. Repair to one hairline crack rib crack on left hand side, so discounted to £ 1683, case included as seen. 
Currently located in London Early Music Shop

11 course baroque lute based on Hans Frei (KHM C34)

£1200 inc case SOLD but can be ordered via www.jminstruments.com






11course Baroque  student lute for sale at a new price of £1200 inc Kingham case (dark red/mink plush interior). Based on the Hans Frei C34 and made in 2006, rejuvenated for sale. Ribs in Ash, rosewood pegs and fingerboard, pear wood bridge stained black. 11course Baroque  student lute for sale at a new price of £1200 inc Kingham case (dark red/mink plush interior). Based on the Hans Frei C34 and made in 2006, rejuvenated for sale. Ribs in Ash, rosewood pegs and fingerboard, pear wood bridge stained black.


7 course lute- guitar based on Laux Maler (MI54)


£ 1276 inc case SOLD but can be ordered via www.jminstruments.com





New lute-guitar based on Laux Maler (MI 54) for sale £1276. This instrument is traditional in lute construction but tuned like the guitar with the top string in e’ (a=440Hz) and a string length of 65 cm to make it easier for the guitar player to play the lute without needing to learn tablature. Back in Heartwood English Yew, neck and pegbox in slightly figured maple, bog oak fingerboard, pearwood pegs and bridge. Kinham case red wine exterior/ mink plush interior.