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Lutes and related instruments for sale - UK

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 12 months from listing, but you can re-submit your listing at that stage if required. 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.

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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June 2022

7 course renaissance lute by Peter Smart (1982) refurbished by Luke Emmet (2021). String length 62cm, currently strung in G (A=440), but could also be strung in F# (or G at baroque pitch). Based on the Bologna style - longer teardrop shape. This is a nice hand-made lute, would be a good first lute, and much nicer than one of the mass-produced lutes available. Recently refurbished and set up by Luke Emmet, including new strings, bridge and fingerboard. The soundboard was rebarred and the lute plays and sounds well. Good left and right hand action and has a very playable string spacing in both hands. Back in figured sycamore, neck and pegbox in beech. Comes with a fitted hard case. The lute is located in Colchester. Collection from Colchester preferred, but shipping is a possibility. Price: £1200. For further details and pictures contact

One lute, one Louis Panormo guitar and one Mirecourt guitar for sale from Arthur Robb's workshop: An eight course electric lute, 2018, includes a Kingham (MtM) case, £4000, a restored Panormo fecit, 1826, £4850 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 01666-822945.

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

May 2022

7 course Early Music Shop Lute after Hieber (date unknown) in good playing condition (recent professional setup). 600mm scale in g with 13 ribs of alternating Lacewood and Rosewood; in its original burgundy colour coffin case. Pictures available on request. £650.00 In Suffolk, maybe London. Contact Nigel on 07960 155796

6 Course lute after Heiber by Stephen Haddock. Made 2021. Walnut back, with Boxwood spacers, English Cherry neck and pegbox, Boxwood pegs, Plum wood fingerboard and bridge. As new. Excellent tone and volume, easy to play. Includes EMS hard case. Sale necessary to fund baroque guitar! £1800. Please contact or 07977 214652. Located in Herefordshire, but can send within UK.

April 2022

4-course Renaissance guitar by Dante Canales Olivera (2017). String length 54cm. In perfect condition – very seldom used. Stagg hard case included. £1100. Located in Suffolk. Photos on request. Please contact Sarah on .

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: .

English Classical guitar by Rik Middleton of Coventry. Price £1000. This beautiful and fine-toned instrument was made in 1998. I bought it new in 1999, but gradually stopped using it and now it has not been played for some years. It’s still in mint condition, and another player should be enjoying it. String length 650mm. May be viewed and tried at our address in North Finchley. Please contact Andrew Haxell at for more information or photos.

Boethius facsimiles, all in excellent condition, hardback covers:
Marsh Lute Book £35,
Board Lute Book £30,
Jane Pickering Lute Book £35,
Mynshall Lute Book £20,
Sampson Lute Book £15,
plus post and packaging £5, contact Rob Barton,

March 2022

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 £1200 for a quick sale, located Caterham / Orpington, Contact Leslee Hallett,

Jan 2022

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.

Nov 2021

10 course renaissance lute by Martin Bowers (2019), Ebony inlay fretboard, 11 ribs of figured Sycamore, 62cm vibrating string length, Kingham case, £4.900. In Edinburgh. For further details and photos please email

7 course renaissance lute by Martin Bowers (1999), 11 Yew ribs with Ebony stripes, ebony fingerboard, 58cm vibrating string length, Kingham case, £2,500.In Edinburgh. For further details and photos please email

8 course renaissance lute by Charles Ford (1978), 9 Sycamore ribs, 63.5cm vibrating string length, ebony fretboard, hard case, £1,000. In Edinburgh.For further details and photos please email

Nov 2021

14 course Theorbo in A, back in pau rosa, 82cm / 154cm by Oliver Wadsworth (2015) with Kingham MTM case, £6800, contact Richard Matthews, Halesowen, W Midlands,

13 course lute sycamore back, swan neck 70cm/ 95cm by Oliver Wadsworth (2016) with Kingham MTM case, £6500, contact Richard Matthews, Halesowen, W Midlands,

Oct 2021

8c lute and a restored Louis Panormo guitar for sale from Arthur Robb's workshop in Wiltshire: A 1973 8 course Harwood and Isaacs style lute and case by Michael Sprake for £750; An 1837 restored Panormo for £3000 with original coffin case. Full information at: www.art-robb.co.uk/inst.html, phone 01666-822945 or email