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8 course lute, by Martin Shepherd 2001. 60cm. Based on Venere, 13 ribs. Set up for either single or double 1st course. Rose from a 1602 Harton. Current strings are a mixture of gut and Aquila loaded Nylgut bass fundamentals. Price: £3400 plus shipping. Kingham MTM plush case included. A wonderful-sounding lute, excellent for recitals and recordings. Photos available: Viewing: Rob MacKillop, South Queensferry, near Edinburgh. Phone: 07960508787
6 course lute in G 61 cm, by Stephen Haddock with semi-rigid case, £1000, £1800, photos on request, contact Elizabeth Saunders, Kendal, Cumbria, 07816 200289
8 course lute 63cm, by Edward Fitzgibbon, with hard case, £1800, photos on request, contact Elizabeth Saunders, Kendal, Cumbria, 07816 200289
5 course gittern 51.5 cm by George Stevens, (2004) £2500, with hard case, photos on request, contact Elizabeth Saunders, Kendal, Cumbria, 07816 200289
5 course gittern 43.5 cm by George Stevens, (2002) £2500, with hard case, photos on request, contact Elizabeth Saunders, Kendal, Cumbria, 07816 200289
6-course lute in G by Martin Cummins (1983), 63.4 cm string length, recently restored by Bridgewood and Neitzert, without case, £1000, contact John Worthington, Cheam, Surrey, pictures on request.
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 amplified 8c lute and one Mirecourt guitar for sale from Arthur Robb's workshop: An eight course lute with an internal microphone, 2018, by Arthur Robb with Kingham case, £4000 and a lovely 19th c. French (probably from Mirecourt) guitar, £3000, with coffin case. 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.
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: .
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.