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 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 
Last updated 02/02/2023

6 course Early Renaissance student lute c1500

For sale £884 + case £576

This very early Renaissance lute is based on the late medieval body proportions as described by Lindley and seen on paintings by Hans Memling, with a bridge, pegbox and curved neck as seen on the Gerle lute, and a semicircular cross section back as noted by Zwolle. The ribs are in Cherry with some slight heart/sap shading with black boxwood spacers as seen on some renaissance lutes. The pegs and bridge are in natural pearwood, the fingerboard in darker plum wood. the soundboard in alpine spruce so no tropical woods. The case is the cheapest Kingham make for student lutes. Stringing in Nylgut with CD basses on the 6th and 5th with an octave on the 4th as seen on 6 crs lutes in paintings, but can be changed to unison 4th if preferred. The frets are the new durable synthetic fret gut by Aquilla. It can be heard here.

6crs Mandolino based on E0702

For sale £897

6 course Student Mandolino based on E0702 (Paris Cite de la Musique). Strung in gut, nylon 1st, Cypress ribs, maple neck, lime wood pegbox, pear pegs and bridge, Alpine spruce soundboard, tuned g'' d'' a' e' b G at a=415Hz £897, no case but can be collected in person and bubble wrapped/boxed (a Kingham case could be ordered instead if preferred)

9crs  Lute based on Hans Frei, restored instrument

For sale £730

Recently restored parts of lutes bought together to create one, old re-purposed 11crs soundboard with Warwick Frei intricate rose with some marks due to it being used before (as was done with lutes in the past) One repaired yew heart/sap wood rib (as 'possibly' seen in 4th picture) and recycled pegs new ebony fingerboard and new bridge covering the same area as the original bridge (as seen on old lutes)
new necking pegbox in maple ebonised with long lasting Aquilla synthetic fret gut for very long lasting frets. Affordable shuster case can be ordered (£291) or collected without the case if in the UK.
Strung in Nylgut Cd and D basses and Kurshner strings, string length 61cm in g' a=440Hz

To order new price £1207, for sale price due to rib repair/general restoration £730, not inc case so can be collected without case and bubble wrapped, case required if shipping overseas.

10/11crs lute based on Maler (MI54)

£1247+ Kingham case £612 = £1859

This Maler 10/11crs has extra holes in the bridge and groves in the nut to be strung as a 
10crs as seen or an 11crs single strung baroque lute. The back is in English heartwood yew and the neck and peg box are ebonised maple to look like ebony with out the cost. Strung in Nylgut and Cd basses as seen or wound D type for the 11crs setup, being single strung the tension on single strings is higher thus louder. The frets are in the new synthetic nylgut. String length 66.5cm, currently in f' a=440Hz. Hear it here

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

£3073 (£2515 + case £558, a must if shipping overseas) or to order new £2615 + case, now costs £618. 

Originally inspired by the look, shape and sound of the Sixtus Rauwolf original/restored lute, so 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) string length 62.9cm in g' at a=440Hz. The original rose design, shown here has a roped border, typical of this type of renaissance lute. Hear it here

For sale 8crs multi ribbed lute based on Hans Burkholtzer (NE48) Gut strung

Below is another Burkholtzer with the same materials as above but with a golden rose and tuned to a=380 Hz (Renaissance pitch/Pretorius' Chorton pitch) with part gut trebles and and octaves with CD loaded gut bases, the string length is 64cm, this can be heard here 

£2575+ case £618

Here this golden rose Burkholtzer being played below: 

For sale 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

£ 4260  now £3499 slight use and including used case (some exterior scuffing)

SOLD 7 course lute with golden rose based on Giovanni Hieber, c1580 Venice (Brussels MIM 1561) 

Another of these for stock is coming soon in 2023, so watch this space! 

This instrument is based on the original 7crs Hieber but with a gold rose, 59.7cm in g' (a=440Hz) in nylgut and CD basses. The back is Cypress wood which is fragrant and lightweight, considered a desirable wood for instrument bodies, the top in alpine spruce with black boxwood spacers, the pegs and bridge in pearwood with carved stars as on the original, the rose is the original with a roped border, the gold wouldn't of look out of place in Venice of course, some original lutes had gold painted/gilded roses like Burkholtzer, Fichtold, Wolf, the gold is a subtle antique gold paint as seen.

£ 2124 + case £558

SOLD 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 in yew with bog oak veneered with holly lower and upper neck, pearwood pegs, alpine spruce soundboard with original rose and roped border, 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

Sold 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, 33cm string length . 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)

 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)

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:

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