LUTES FOR SALE AND WANTED
Choosing a lute is partly a matter of deciding what historical repertoire you want to play; see lute history pages, for instance at Martin Shepherd’s site: www.luteshop.co.uk/Lute_history.html and on the Lute Society’s 'Thinking of taking up the lute page': www.lutesociety.org/pages/thinking-of-taking-up-the-lute. There is advice on buying a lutes at Martin Shepherd's website: www.luteshop.co.uk/Buying_a_lute.htm
If you are buying a lute for the first time, it is advisable to ask the advice of a teacher on the list of teachers or other experienced player, and ideally for the teacher to try the lute for you.
Lutes are quite expensive, and it is generally advisable to hire before you buy: see lutes for hire.
For those in financially straitened circumstances, there exist various grant, loan and rent-to-buy schemes, such as those listed at the Early Music Shop's Finance Options page, earlymusicshop.com/pages/finance-options or Trinity Laban's Musical Instrument Funding page: www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/study/fees-and-finance/external-funding/musical-instrument-funding/
If you are selling and do not know what price to ask, take it to one of the lute makers to ask for a valuation. Beware of online fraud: if you place an advertisement to sell a lute, and receive a response which seems vague or badly written, it may be fraudulent: contact of one the lute societies to ask advice if in doubt.
Inexpensive factory lutes, and sometimes more expensive instruments by named craftsmen, are regularly sold on www.ebay.com/ and also via The Early Music Shop (UK) earlymusicshop.com/collections/lutes-and-theorbos
At a slightly higher price point, Le Luth Doree also make lutes www.leluthdore.com/en/
For sale and wanted listings can be found on the websites of some of the lute societies:(alphabetical by country)
Argentina, AALGA - Asociación Argentina de Laúdes y Guitarras Antiguas, instrumentos usados en venta
Belgium, Belgian Lute Academy, small adds:
France, Société Française de Luth, petites annonces, ventes:
Italy, Società del Liuto, bottega, strumenti in vendita
Netherlands, De Nederlandse Luitvereniging,
www.nederlandseluitvereniging.nl/ click on advertenties
UK, The Lute Society, small ads (includes international listings as well as United Kingdom, and a wanted page)
Lute Society of America, founded by Wayne Cripps:
Gardiner Houlgate, Bath: www.gardinerhoulgate.co.uk/
Ingles & Hayday: www.ingleshayday.com/