The Lute Society: Small Ads Overseas


The following listings are from Lute Society members. Items are removed after approximately 12 months unless we have been notified of the sale. Abridged versions of small ads appear in Lute News magazine, published quarterly. Non-members can advertise for a single payment of £10, contact us for details. Sections refer to month the item was listed here. If you submit a item for the listing, please notify us when it is sold.

If you can't find something here, you could try our small ads - UK listings. Also Wayne Cripps has a page with lutes currently for sale at

As you can see, information about your lute should include:- number of courses, string length, maker, year made, historical model if any, general remarks about special characteristics, whether with hard case, your city/region/country, asking price, contact details.

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Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement or approval by The Lute Society.

Jul 2017

10-course tenor lute by Nico van der Waals (2001). Beautiful instrument and rich, full tone. String length 62 cm. Tuned to a' at 415 Hz. Body based on 1555 Magno Tieffenbrucker lute. 9 ribs of figured maple with ebony spacers. Ebony veneered neck and fingerboard (a couple minor, stable, superficial cracks in ebony fingerboard and neck veneer - see photos). Ebony binding. Strung with Nylgut and bass wound strings. Excellent condition. Original owner. Always properly humidified at approximately 50% RH. With fitted hardshell case. $4000 USD plus packing and shipping costs. Photos at Located in New Mexico, United States. Contact

June 2017

5 course baroque guitar (2012) 64 cm, by Carlo Cecconi & Gianluca Ceccarini (Tarquinia - Italy) Voboam model with flat back, rosewood ribs and sides, white maple and ivory finitures, flat rose made in parchment and wood, spruce soundboard. € 3000,00 to be negotiated price includes (classical guitar) hard case, currently in Rome, Italy, photos at contact Simone Colavecchia,

Jan 2017

New 7 course lute after Venere, by Martin Shepherd 60cm string length, 13 plum ribs with holly spacers, holly/ebony veneered neck and pegbox, plum pegs. £4000 including Kingham case. see for details.

Bandora - excellent instrument by Maish Weisman. Has wooden ‘coffin’ case. £2000 Contact: Douglas Wootton Email: Tel: 07904114437 South East London.

Nov 2016

7-course Renaissance lute Maker: Marcus Mevissen (around 1990). String length 64,0 cm. Body: 11 ribs of prune wood, very elegant rose. Strong and full sound; in excellent state. Price €3200-, including lightweight case (Kingham). For more information and photographs:

6-course renaissance lute by Bert Claudius (1981) after Hans Frei (Bologna c1520); string length 66,8 cm. Very deep and clear sounding instrument, suited for tuning in F or E. In perfect condition. Price lowered to €3200,- (was €3750) including case. For more information and photographs:

9-course bass lute by Carel Huiskamp (2011), string length 76,0 cm; excellent action. Sonorous and strong instrument – listen to the 2CD Resveillez vous (music by Nicolas Vallet – both solo and in ensemble). Price lowered to €3100,- (was €3500) including case. For more information and photographs:

Bass vihuela de mano by Carel Huiskamp (2009), string length 76,0 cm. Neck and pegbox in cherry. Elegant and deep sounding instrument. Price lowered to €2650,- (was €2900) including Kingham case. For more information and photographs:

13 course baroque lute Made by Ian Watchorn in Melbourne, Australia in 1996, after Martin Hoffman, with a beautiful tone. The top is Swiss spruce (called 'Bear Claw'). The back is of rosewood which was typical for 13 course baroque lutes around 1725. Hard case included. Price is New Zealand Dollars Four Thousand.The lute is located in South Africa. .

July 2016

13 course chitarrone, made in 2003 by Marcello Armand-Pilon, Cremona. 83/1.64 cm. Comes with a dark green Kingham Case. € 4600,-. In very good condition. Pictures on request. Please contact Samir Suez, Paris or in England,

May 2016

6-course Bandora by Peter Forrester (1981) after Barley (parallel frets), 1596. This Bandora belonged until 1999 to Anthony Bailes. String length 76,2 cm, Length instrument 115 cm. Comes with an original wood-case by Peter Forrester. All in perfect condition. Asking for 2400 Euro. Bandora can be visited near Basel/Basle. Pics available. For more information please contact: Christoph Greuter,,

Venetian Archlute (Liuto Attiorbato) after Sellas, by Ivo Magherini 2010. Gorgeous Hazel spruce top and birdseye maple back. Mensur 62/110cms. Currently strung 1 x 1, 13 x 2 / g (a=415). Very little used instrument in mint condition. EUR 4800 including Kingham case. Instrument can be seen very close to Munich, pictures on request. contact: Peter Toeppel

Feb 2016

13 course baroque lute (string length over fingerboard=70 cm), 14 course baroque lute (string length over fingerboard=70 cm) and 14 course chitarrone (93/168 cm) by Tihamer Romanek. All three are new instruments, in mint condition held in the workshop since they were made. Prices: EU 3600, 4800, 5800 respectively (+case, if needed to have it made here in Hungary, + cost of shipping - personal delivery relatively close to Hungary is also an option). You can see photos, read more details and hear the sound of one of them at . Please contact: Gabor Domjan at