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.
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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6-course bandora after Barley (parallel frets), 1596, made by Peter Forrester, 1981. Bandora in perfect condition. String length: 762 mm; String distance nut : 45 mm ; String distance bridge : 77 mm. With Original Wood Case by Peter Forrester. Pictures on demand. Asking for 1900 Euro. For more informations please contact Christoph Greuter, Switserland
French theorbo/angélique/double luth for sale by Martin Haycock (2012). The instrument is a very exact copy of the Yale Venere (replete with 16 courses, like the original) and can be strung up as all the above instrument types. It has a superb, strong, and warm tone throughout and good projection. The lute features a stunning bowl of very rare and dense old-growth yew that is in effect a hardwood. The spruce top is adorned with an elegant single rose (that of the Yale instrument) and a decorative bone heart. The neck and peg-box are ebony-veneered, and the neck has cutaway fretsawn floral tracery on its extension. Fingerboard, points and edge binding of ebony. The stopped string length is 74.2 cm with 9 tied frets on the neck, and the long string length is 127cm. Good action throughout and a very comfortable instrument to play. It has played hundreds of concerts all over the world, including my Carnegie Hall première. It is a good friend and I want it to go to a good home. The sale includes a form-fitted luxury case by Victor Vorko, replete with an extra lightweight blue liner material and an ultra resistant grey PVC exteriors which renders the case far stronger and lighter. The instrument is strung entirely in gut with expensive silver-gimped diapasons from Dan Larson. The instrument is in Paris. Price: €8500. Contact Benjamin Narvey at for more information. Photos available via corresponding item here.
6-course lute after Maler by Martin Shepherd (2018), 67cm string length, suitable for tuning in F (or E). Rippled maple back, beech neck and pegbox, boxwood fingerboard and pegs. £4000 (or 4500 Euros) including Kingham case. Photos and soundfile at luteshop.co.uk/forsale/. Can be viewed in London at Lute Society meeting on 17th November. Contact Martin Shepherd at .
8 course Lute by Stephen Barber and Sandi Harris 1999. After Hans Frei with rose after Magnus Tiefenbrucker, marked with a unicorn by Stephen Barber. 11 Ribs/back in cherry; neck and pegbox in beech. Bridge, fingerboard and pegs in ebony with ebony points and half-edgings. Soundboard of European Spruce. G tuning string length 612mm. High quality hard case. This instruments is in pristine/as new condition, there are two or three marks on the case. Stephen Barber describes it as "a player's instrument." The price is 2800 UK pounds, 3000 Euros or 3500 dollars for the lute and case. Photos available on request. The lute is in north west France but I can arrange delivery to Rennes, Nantes, Paris or London - or it can be collected in person. Contact Ieuan Goch ab Einion at Photos available here.
Stradivari Baroque Guitar by Lars Jönsson, Dalarö 2015. Condition: immaculate = as new - looks as if delivered yesterday. Professional instrument built with perfect craftsmanship; great sound and playability - both for solo and accompaniment. Rose by Elena Dal Cortivo, case : form fitted Kingham case. SL 67 cm. Was: 5500 € - now for 4500 € not negotiable. You are welcome to come and try (in the middle of Germany) - but a parcel is possible too. Buyer pays p&p. For more information and pics please contact:
13-course Baroque Lute by Le Luth Dore (Weiss model) like new with Aquila Nylgut and the new red CD type strings for the basses. Price includes Luth Dore fiberglass hard case. Price: 1800 GBP plus shipping. The instrument is located in Hungary. Photo: www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute/Benko/Lute1.jpg contact
10-course student lute (after Frei) by Carlos Gonzales/Didier Jarny. The instrument is in very good condition. 64,8 cm string length. The instrument is located in France. Photos at: used10crslute.jimdofree.com/ With its rigid case: 1250 €. Contact:
Je dois me rendre à l'évidence et modérer mon activité. Pas facile à admettre mais, c'est ainsi. J'ai donc décidé de mettre en vente certains de mes instruments, plus particulièrement ceux que j'utilise le moins.
Luth à 12 choeurs (modèle "flamand") de Philippe Motet-Rio. L'instrument cordé au vieil ton peut être aussi utilisé accordé en ré mineur ou dans les "accords nouveaux". Une description de cet instrument se trouve sur le site du luthier : www.anselmus.ch
"Le double cheviller et le manche du modèle présenté ici (1) sont en poirier ondé massif, ni teints ni plaqués, tel que le recommande par exemple Mary Burwell (Lute Tutor, c. 1660) : "The flatt part of the Necks of the Lute and the bridge are to be made of ebony, but to Cover the head, the back of the necke with it as some do is improper because it makes the Lute too heavy upon the left hand the neck cold and slippery for the Thumbe and the frettes are never fast, a neck made of a light wood with a fine varnish as neare as may be to the colour of the Lute but you must keepe it cleane". Sur le modèle illustré ci-dessous, la bordure de table est en parchemin de chèvre teinté au noir d'ivoire, la caisse à neuf côtes d'après Magno Tieffenbrücker est vernie à l'huile, et la table est en vieux sapin des Préalpes."
L'instrument est en parfait état, les choeurs graves sont en boyau alourdi.
Étui "luxueux" de Victor Vorko. 5500 euros
Théorbe "français" de Lars Jönsonn. Instrument parfait à la fois pour le jeu en soliste et pour la basse-continue. Petit jeu : 79cm Grand jeu : 158 cm
Étui "sur mesure" Kingham. 7500 euros Les instruments sont en France, contact sur :
12-course lute (Flemish model) by Philippe Motet-Rio. Renaissance tuning but the instrument can be tuned to D minor or new French tunings, The instrument is described on the lute-maker's site: www.anselmus.ch The double peg-box and the neck of the model presented here are in solid figured pear-wood, They are neither stained nor veneered, This is what Mary Burwell recommands in her Lute Tutor, c. 1660: 'The flatt part of the Necks of the Lute and the bridge are to be made of ebony, but to Cover the head, the back of the necke with it as some do is improper because it makes the Lute too heavy upon the left hand the neck cold and slippery for the Thumbe and the frettes are never fast, a neck made of a light wood with a fine varnish as neare as may be to the colour of the Lute but you must keepe it cleane,'
On the model presented here the edge of the soundboard is strengthened by goatskin parchment stained ivory black, the 9-rib body after Magno Tieffenbrücker is oil varnished and the soundboard is of old lower Alps spruce. The instrument is in perfect condition, The bass courses are of weighed gut,
Courses 1 à 8 : 64,5 cm, 9 : 68 cm, 10 : 73 cm, 11 : 78 cm, 12 : 82 cm. Luxury case by Victor Vorko (5500 euros)
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French theorbo by Lars Jönsonn. The ideal instrument for both solo playing and continuo. Regular neck length : 79cm, Bass courses: 158 cm
Custom-made Kingham case (7500 euros) The instruments are located in France, Contact :
Theorbo, 67 / 130 cm, 7+7 single strung, by Matteo Bandinelli (2015) cypress ribs, soundboard, semi-rigid case, 2,800 Euros, Rome, pictures on request; contact Leonardo Pallotta, mobile phone 3484912450,
Archlute, 60 / 90 cm, 1x1 + 6x2 + 7x1, by Matteo Bandinelli (2017) at A=440, rosewood back, soft case, 3,500 Euros, Rome, pictures on request, contact Leonardo Pallotta, mobile phone 3484912450,
Small 14 single-stringed Italian Theorbo String Length : 76/120 cm. Woods : rosewood bowl, spruce soundboard. Case: hardcase Kingham case + Musicover semi-rigid custom hand made case with straps, very useful for carrying the instrument around with bike or just walking. Builder : Filippo Lesca (Turin - 2009) Price : € 3000 ,00 (shipping not included). pictures here : photos.app.goo.gl/QdaVTuNTTMleofJH2 I've been using this instrument for a long time around in Europe and it's comfortable, small and reliable. It fits perfectly in the airplane cabin (I've been flying several times with it). The instrument is here with me in Rome, Italy, please contact me here : ingsimo - at- gmail - dot- com
6 course Vihuela de mano in a' by Marcus Wesche (2009) String length 55 cm. Cypress vaulted back and sides, cypress neck and pegbox spruce top. Price (including case): 3500 Euros plus shipping. Here it is: www.wendelio.de/Vihuelas/vihuela_gewoelbt.htm
6 course lute, early 16 C model, based on various sources of iconography, by Alfonso Marín (2013).String length: 59.5 cm. Maple back, pear wood neck and pegbox, wonderful spruce top. Price (including case) 2950 Euros plus shipping. Can be heard here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaTbFY9ekys
6 course vihuela de mano in g, by Francisco Hervás (2014). String length: 59.5 cm. Mahogany back and sides, cypress neck and pegbox and spruce top. An amazing sounding instrument, wonderfully decorated, almost a collector's item. Price (including case): 4600 euros. Can be seen here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwfFlv8rPNQ
Photos on request. instruments can be seen in Madrid.
Contact Ariel Abramovich: +34625446787
Theorbo for sale. Model after Buchenberg, string leght 89/160 cm, 7x7 or 6x8, multi-rib maple back, top - alpine spruce. The theorbo was made in 2014 by Christo Georgiev and works equally well on 415 and 440 Hz, suitable for both continuo and solo repertories. Comes with soft bag and hard RCH case. Asking price: 3700 euro. Available in Europe. Pictures available. For more questions, pictures and sound, please email
14 course theorbo, by Marcos Kaiser Mori (2011) afre Martinus Kaiser 1609, single strung, 8 + 6, body and neck in sycamore, mint condition with Kingham case, 4000 Euro, in Milan, pictures on request, contact Giovanni Cacioppo +39 328 684 8857
8-course tenor lute (in f) by Stephen Gottlieb, built in 1979, the exact era of vimeo.com/96809354 (if it wasn’t THE lute, hard to tell really, but looks like it)
String length 67 cm with a very comfortable action. Multi ribbed back in yew. Mint condition! With fitted original Paxman case, also like new. This rare instrument is perfect for song accompaniment with counter tenors and is surprisingly easy to play thanks to the perfectly low action hence the string length of 67. Location Berlin, Germany. Price and photos on request. Please call +49 157 74943449 or email me: