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13-string guitar in baroque lute tuning. Unknown maker but extensively revamped by established guitar luthier. Bubinga body, spruce top (shellac recently refinished), mahogany neck (adjustable), ebony fretboard, Fishman internal pickup. Similar in concept/design to Michael Thames ‘Dresden’. Freshly strung in Aquila nylgut, string lengths 69cm/74cm. High-quality, well-padded soft case. For sale at £1850, or swap for 10c lute in G/quality 6c preferably in F or E. For more info and photographs contact tom_de_montesquieu [at] yahoo.co.uk (Berkshire). Can bring to Benslow.
Gitterns for sale. I have three new gitterns for sale at present nos. 49 - 51, all different specs but all in my usual late 15 th century style. The bodies are carved and hollowed. One is the basic model that over the years I have most often been asked to make, 5 course with nine strings, 45 cm scale. The other two are deeper body specials – one short scale 45 cm and the other long scale 55cm. All have custom made fitted hard cases available. Prices from £2800 (3220 with case) Please visit my website for the full details. George Stevens
7-course lute by James Marriage based on Hans Frei (Vienne C34). String-length 61cm. Eight years old & lightly used, it has been the second lute in my armoury (though, without question, my first choice for duetting) and remains in very good condition. The ribs are of cypress, giving a bright, clearly articulated sound. It comes with a case, by Luke Emmet, which offers very good protection, but is rather awkward to walk far with – for that, I have an EMS padded lute case/bag which I will include if required. £1750. Alan Hoyle, Devon O1626 833171
One lute, one Louis Panormo guitar, one Mirecourt guitar and a lute case for sale from Arthur Robb's workshop: An eight course electric lute, 2018, by Arthur Robb with Kingham case, £4000. A restored Panormo fecit, 1826, £4850, a lovely 19th c. French (probably from Mirecourt) guitar, £3000, with coffin case and one lute case, £150 (includes postage to mainland UK). Full information and photos are at: www.art-robb.co.uk/inst.html or phone 07984-892570.
Kingham theorbo hard case, slightly damaged and taped up, but basically a high-quality case, tnternal length c. 188 cm, internal width at the widest point 40-42 cm (the padding is thick) external depth at the deepest point 22 cm. Price: £180, in Reading, buyer to collect, contact Jens Franke,
6 course lute after Gerle by Martin Haycock (2018). 60 cm string length. A beautiful instrument with outstanding sound and contrasting ribs of maple and laburnum. As new condition - very little used, and with new Kingham velvet lined case: £5000. Located on Suffolk/Cambs border. Please contact Angela for photos and more information at or on 07851 786283.
6 course renaissance lute made for Anthony Rooley by Michael Sprake and Klaus Jacobsen in 1977, decorated in gold leaf, with 11-ribs, 670mm string length, tuned in E. Recently cleaned, restrung and re-fretted by Sascha Batov, it comes with its original hard case. £3,000. For photos or to arrange a viewing (Eastbourne or London) please email Michael Fields
Early Music Shop Heritage 8 Course lute after Hieber. Price £600. In good condition, with original semi rigid case. Some nicks to edge of soundboard. Ideal for beginners. I’ve recently bought a new lute hence reason for selling. I live in Bristol. Please contact Paul Goodman for more information and photos: .
10 Course Lute by Michael Cameron (February 1978) 63cm string length, Sycamore with rare Brazilian Rosewood pegs, ebony fingerboard and repurposed ivory button. Nice case. Valued by the maker at £1500, on offer at £1000 for a quick sale, located Caterham / Orpington, Contact Leslee Hallett,
9-course bandora by David Rubio (1969) formerly in the collection of Ephraim Segerman. See the essay and photos in The Lutezine 140 concerning this very interesting instrument. Price £1,000. Collection or personal delivery (no shipping). Please enquire Jim Westbrook, .
EMS Heritage 6 Course Renaissance Lute after Hieber, bought a few months ago for £799 from the EMS, and not played much. This is the new version of the EMS lute, better in every way than the old model. In excellent condition, though there is a very small nick in the wood on the edge of the soundboard below the bridge. The lute comes with an EMS semi-rigid case, Aquila Nylgut Strings, and a lute tutor book, £500. Can ship within UK if required. The instrument is located in Oxfordshire, UK. Contact Brian Haughton at for further details.