The following items for sale from Lute society members; ads also appear in Lute News magazine. Non-members can advertise for a single payment of £10, contact us for details. Sections refer to month the item was listed here. Items are removed after approximately 6 months from listing. If you can't find something here you could try our small ads - overseas listings. If you submit a item for the listing, please notify us when it is sold.
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6 Course lute in a' made by Stephen Barber and Sandi Harris (2011) 11-rib figured maple back; pearwood neck and pegbox; satinwood finger board with bone edgings and points; spruce soundboard. String length: 540mm. Mint condition. To include hard Kingham case. £3,600 ono.
Photographs available on request or 07746 240446.
14crs Theorbo made by James Marriage (set-up by Klaus Jacobsen) copy of the Magno Tieffenbrucker Venice 1608 (Royal College of Music Donaldson Collection 26). String length 93/170. £3000, comes with Kingham case and strung in nylgut (photos available). Instrument is currently in London. Contact Alex McCartney -
9 Course Lute in F by Martin Shepherd (2005) 65cm, strung in Gut and Nylgut, Kingham case with velvet lining. Pictures at www.gordongregory.co.uk/lute-for-sale.htm £3,500 Contact: Gordon Gregory 020 8985 7422
10 Course Renaissance lute in F after Mattheus Buchenberg by James Marriage 2006.
34 Yew ribs with ebony spacers and other decoration. Large instrument (69.2cm string length) with lovely deep tone to match. currently strung in Nylgut. Absolutely mint condition. £2800 to include Kingham MTM case for quick sale. Photographs and recordings available. Contact ROD WHITE 01233 756747 or .
13 course baroque lute by Stephen Gottlieb, exquisitely decorated, used for worldwide concerts and recordings. Perfect condition and sound. In Durham, UK. Tel: 004401913860217 www.robinthodey.co.uk
8 course lute, 62.5cm, by Daniel Tissot, who made lutes and viols for Dolmetsches, Haslemere in 1960s, lute made c.1979 but never played, body and neck of cherry, Swiss spruce top, no case, £1000 ono, contact Daniel Tissot, 23 Crofts, Sandford, Devon EX17 4LX tel: 01363 773357
Panormo Guitar Original 1827 Louis Panormo “Panormo Fecit” guitar, completely restored in my workshop this year. The body, in excellent condition, is of beautiful figured maple and the finish is golden brown. I’m afraid the photos do not do it justice. It is strung with Savarez White Card strings and plays wonderfully. It comes with a small vintage fibre case. Photos of the restoration are at www.art-robb.co.uk/pan.html and the 'For Sale' page is www.art-robb.co.uk/inst.html. 4250 UK Pounds. Contact Arthur Robb
7 course lute in E by maker Hathaway £750 perfect condition 8 string classical guitar Maker unknown £850 6 string classical guitar spruce top mint condition...maker John Draper £750
Contact Colin James Rodrigues for more details: email , phone 0151 4270525
11c baroque lute PRICE £600 An interesting very finely-crafted instrument unsigned but associated with the name Ronald Roberts in c.1970 (as reported by his son). Mr Roberts taught and published two books on instrument-making. The lute has 9 ribs of Dalbergia species with the neck skilfully veneered in a similar wood. Rosewood fingerboard and pegbox. Rosewood pegs, beautifully fitted and polished. This 10-course Renaissance instrument also has a ‘treble-rider’ allowing the lute to be strung as an 11-course instrument if desired. The quality of design and construction is very high. It is slightly heavier than the lutes of today, but the maker gave great care and attention to playability. Excellent condition, fully strung and fully playable. Scale length: 62.8cm. Eight frets on the neck. The lute has a custom made gig back foc & has recently been re-strung with Nylgut strings. RONALD ROBERTS a brief biography Born : Farnworth, Lancashire Main career: Training College Lecturer in ‘craft-work’ from c.1950’s until his 1970’s early retirement. He was active in teaching instrument-making as part of his craft curriculum and later wrote two books on the subject. After retirement in the late 1970’s Ronald continued to make violins, violas and assorted Appalachian dulcimers, keyboards, but no plucked instruments are known. He also taught instrument making in and around Exeter. The instrument is in North London and can be viewed by calling Jonathon on 07715 600 543, payment terms cash on collection. Photos on application via email. Jonathon Bennett 020 7419 7828 UK Representative for LIUTO FORTE www.liuto-forte.de
13 course baroque lute 660 and 733mm, by David Rubio (1973), refurbished by Stephen Gottlieb (1999) so very good condition. Beautiful sound and good projection. Comes with hard case. Rarely played. Price £3,000. Contact: Charles Cox, tel: ++44/0 7766987246, .
7 course lute tuneable to F or F# 69cm, by Klaus Jacobsen (1978). The lute has recently been completely renovated by the maker, the strings and frets are new, the pegs have been refitted, the action is perfect and the finish on both soundboard and back has been cleaned and retouched. £2,500 with original fitted Paxman case. Contact: Barry Mason 0208 992 8973 or email (London area)
10-course renaissance lute by David Rubio (1974) after Hans Frei design, 25.5 inches, 9th and 10th course, bass rider, 28 inches, £3,600, contact R. Locke Tel: ++44/0 7796318550
Fluted-back vihuela SL 66cm (can be tuned to either F or E) by Alexander Batov, 2003. Rosewood fluted-back ribs with holly spacers in-between; rosewood sides. Three-layer wood and parchment rose. One piece neck and peg head of light-coloured wood, ebony fingerboard, rosewood pegs. With Kingham fitted case £3,250. Photos Contact Charles Browne , tel: 019467 23479.
Archlute in G with Kingham fitted case Stephen Barber 2005 Sl 65/140 currently single strung can be configured 6 + 8 or 7 + 7. £3,500. Photos. Contact Charles Browne , tel: 019467 23479.
6 course lute in G, 60 cm - 1981 Christopher Doddridge - £1,800. This lute is in very good condition and plays with a very full tone. It is currently strung in nylgut and comes with a made to measure case. Photos available. Contact Tony Scheuregger, Tel 01603 454402 (Norwich, UK)
Swan Neck 13 course baroque Lute by renowned luthier Robert Russell of Avon, UK. After Hoffman, beautiful instrument, rosewood back, spruce soundboard, ebony veneered neck. String length 70cm/98cm, 10 years old, mint condition, very rarely played, £3000 including Kingham hard case. Can be viewed in London or Devon. Further info and photo gallery contact Steve Gordon tel: 01392 254097
13 course swan neck baroque lute after Leopold Widhalm (1755) in d minor tuning, made by James Marriage in 2007. It's 74 cms and 100cms and comes with a kingham hard case. The price is £2,200 contact jamie akers: or telephone 07984409005.
Chitarrone by Martin Bowers after Buchenberg. 6 fingered strings (84 cm) plus 8 (154 cm). Single-strung throughout. 41 rib yew back. Triple rose. Paxman case. £4,500. Panormo model guitar by Gary Southwell. String length 62 cm. Rosewood back and sides. Pin bridge. Paxman case. £3,000. Peter Lay, Sussex (07902 894155)