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Four lutes from Arthur Robb’s workshop: 7 course Robb - 2019 with case, £2750; 8 course Robb - 2013, with case, £3000; 8 course Robb, amplified - 2018, with case, £3500, 10 course by Henry Holmes, 1969, £700, with case. Full information and pictures on www.art-robb.co.uk/inst.html. At the moment, door to door shipping within the UK is reliable. Contact: or 01666-822945.
6 course EMS Heritage lute (2019) after Heiber with a Sitka spruce top, lacewood pegbox, lacewood ribs, walnut pegs and fingerboard. It comes with a padded case and a spare set of Aquila nylgut strings.It cost £750 and I would be looking for £500, contact Martin Fordham, Nottinghamshire 07882 470718.
Exquisitely made 7-course Renaissance lute, after Venere, by George Stevens, 2016. Had very light use. Scale length 55.5cm. Nine ribs of alternating English cherry and walnut, spruce soundboard, rosewood fingerboard, sycamore neck and pegbox, plum pegs and bridge. Gorgeous oil satin finish. A lovely resonant instrument, which really sings. Comes with custom fit Kingham hard case, strap and two spare 1st course G strings. £3500 ono. Located in Torbay, Devon. Photos available on request. E-mail: Dan
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10-course lute by Michael Lowe (1971); his second lute. String length - 63.5 cms. The lowest three courses are on a stepped extension. Marquetry on back of neck and pegbox. Fitted Paxman case included. This lute is not a strictly historical model, though of a type not uncommon in the 1970's. Price - £1,950. The lute is located in Truro, Cornwall, UK. Tel: 01872 540814.
Kingham Theorbo Case £500. Barely used and in good condition — all wear and tear displayed in the photos available on my website: www.alexmccartney.co.uk/for-sale/. Approximate measurements: Length: 192cm, Width (at widest point): 46cm, Depth (at deepest point): 27cm, Body length: 62cm, Width at top of neck: 18cm, Distance from base of body to neck support: 85cm. Pickup from Glasgow, UK preferable but I’m happy to post it too. P&P and any necessary insurance paid by the buyer.
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Two remarkable Louis Panormo Fecit guitars, recently restored by Arthur Robb, are for sale; an 1826 (£4850) and an 1831 (£5500). Full information at: www.art-robb.co.uk/inst.html or phone 01666-822945. Email
14-string Short-Scale Theorbo by Jiri Cepelak (1992) String lengths: 69.5cm and 121cm. Price including case: £4,200. Relatively small-scale theorbo, but with a big sound. The scale length looks very much like the illustrations in Castaldi’s 1622 publication. Capable of being tuned with modern strings in A for Italian music, and with gut or modern strings in D for French music. Free set of Damian Dlugolecki strings for the D tuning included, worth a few hundred pounds! Plays beautifully, and sounds wonderful. Made in 1992, and has therefore settled - important when it comes to extended-neck instruments. Videos: Modern Strings in A: youtu.be/tUpAIt6APus Gut strings at higher pitch in D: youtu.be/H8G6chj-Ils Hard case included, but it is not a plush Kingham one. Certainly it is functional. Ask for photos of instrument and case to be emailed: Available for viewing in Edinburgh.
13-course Baroque lute, Barber and Harris 1994. Very good condition £4000 (includes Kingham case), Bedford, contact:
Mid-19th century Russian 7-string guitar in G, as played on Oleg Timofeyev’s ground-breaking recordings The Golden Age of the Russian Guitar £2000, Bedford, contact:
7 course student lute based on Hans Frei (Vienna KHM C34), made in 2015 with a 61 cm string length in g', Kuershner strings. Ribs are in heartwood English yew with maple neck and pegbox, bog oak fingerboard, pearwood bridge and pegs, with Kingham case with a black exterior & blue plush interior, ex hire so is well used, hence the price of £865 including the case! Picture of current stock instruments for sale can be seen here: buyingalute.blogspot.com? contact direct on 01283734388 or info(at)jminstruments.com.
11 course Swan neck Baroque lute based M. Hartung c1600/converted to swan neck by J.Zacher c1691 (MIR 899), new CD strings, with a multiribbed heartwood/sapwood yew back, light weight and a string length of 63.4/90.2, natural pearwood bridge, pegs in pearwood stained black,ebony fingerboard, ebony and holly lines on neck, used Kingham case, some to scuffing so currently £ 3699. Contact direct on 01283734388 or info(at)jminstruments.com
11 course baroque lute by Oliver Wadsworth, 1998, after the Warwick Hans Frei. II-rib back of rippled ash, veneered neck & pegbox, string length 69.5 cm. In good playing condition, photos available. £2750 with case. Peter Cains: , tel. 01799 524277.
A number of lute facsimiles, photos available on request. Contact Gordon Gregory, phone: 00447733224933. All prices plus P&P, £10 in the UK, £16 Europe, £25 USA, other locations on request. Email
8 course lute, yew heart/sap wood striped ribs, ebony fingerboard and pegs. Hans Frei C34, 630mm, Warwick Frei rose; Steve Barber and Sandi Harris (2003). Offers below cost price (£2400) considered. Kingham MTM case. For photos and London viewing;
New Theorbo in A (based on Sellas M255 with reduced rib number) by Adrian Dodd and Lawrence Dodd (2019) with 82cm and 164cm string lengths. It is single strung with seven strings on the fingerboard and seven on the extension but with the option of six frettable and eight basses. This instrument has a bowl made of yew, has a fine Alpine spruce soundboard, ebony veneered neck and a blackened extension, plum bridge and pegs. The bowl is finished with oil varnish and the neck with oil. Strung in Nylgut with Aquila red CD strings on the sixth and seventh courses. Price £5500 includes Kingham MTM case. More information and pictures can be found at www.lutherie.uk/forsale Telephone: 01332 232051 email:
New 8 course lute in G (after Venere) by Adrian Dodd and Lawrence Dodd (2019) with a 61cm string length. It has a fine Alpine spruce soundboard, plain yew bowl with sycamore lines and a walnut neck and pegbox. The bridge and pegs are blackened plum. The bowl is oil varnished. Strung in Nylgut with Aquilla red CD basses. Price £2750 includes Kingham MTM case. More details and pictures can be found at www.lutherie.uk/forsale Telephone: 01332 232051 email:
New 7 course lute in G (after Venere) by Adrian Dodd and Lawrence Dodd (2019) with a 61cm string length. This lute has a bowl made from striped yew and has yew veneers with lines on the neck and pegbox. The soundboard is a fine Alpine spruce. The bridge is blackened plum, the pegs hornbeam. The back is oil varnished. Strung in Nylgut with Aquilla red CD basses. Price £3600 includes Kingham MTM case. More details and pictures can be found at www.lutherie.uk/forsale Telephone: 01332 232051 email:
10 course renaissance lute, made by Hendrik Hasenfuss, Germany (1983) after Vvendelio Venere (Padua 1582) 13 ribs of two toned yew, neck and pegbox with ebony, 665mm can be tuned in F, or G at A=415. Comes with fitting lined box as was traditional in the renaissance, Pyramid strings, new set available, in excellent condition, hasn’t been played in a long time, due to lack of time £3.500 ono. Collection only or owner arranges for courier and insurance. Contact: Anglesey,Wales. Photos can be sent on request.
14 course Theorbo in a at 440Hz, string length 82cm, diapason length 154cm the back is in pau rosa. The instrument is after Mary Sidney Lady Wroth’s portrait c.1620. As new condition, Kingham case fitted. £6800.00. An image can be found on www.wadsworth-lutes.co.uk Contact Richard Matthews, 30 Newfield Crescent, Halesowen, West Midlands B63 3SS tel: 0121 503 0982
Selling on behalf of the estate of David Mayers. All three instruments can be seen at my workshop in West Sussex or it might be possible to view them in Brighton or London. Contact: Martin Haycock. Email: . 07968 268644:
Jennifer Burton bequest; sale of three instruments, not really appropriate for the hire fleet, for the benefit of the Lute Society All three can be seen at the premises of Bridgewood and Neitzert, 146 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JU, tel: 0207 249 9398, . All three instruments are ‘standard’ factory models and we are confident would not disappoint if bought ‘sight unseen’. Please contact the secretary if you are interested in buying one of these. Contact :
New 6 course lute in G (after Gerle) by Adrian Dodd and Lawrence Dodd (2019) with a 60cm string length. One of a pair of six course lutes built recently this instrument is made of figured ash. It has a fine Alpine spruce soundboard, sycamore neck and pegbox, plum bridge and pegs. The fingerboard is an unusual piece of rippled hornbeam. Strung in Nylgut with Aquilla red CD basses. Price £2550 includes Kingham MTM case. Full details and pictures can be found at www.lutherie.uk/forsale Telephone: 01332 232051
New 6 course lute in G (after Gerle) by Adrian Dodd and Lawrence Dodd (2019) with a 60cm string length. One of a pair of six course lutes built recently this instrument is made of rippled sycamore. It has a fine Alpine spruce soundboard, sycamore neck and pegbox, plum bridge and pegs. The fingerboard is an unusual piece of rippled hornbeam. Strung in Nylgut with Aquilla red CD basses Price £2550 includes Kingham MTM case. Full details and pictures can be found at www.lutherie.uk/forsale Telephone: 01332 232051
7 course lute, 610mm, made about 2006 by Alexander Hopkins at the behest of a professor at Seville Conservatorio for a student of his. Pale woods throughout, 15 ribs with darker separating lines and binding to finger board. Pyramid strung, comes with a spare set of strings, and fretgut(natural), A simple instrument but very playable. “Perfection” gig bag with 20mm padding. Price 1050GBP. Photos available from . Is in Swansea.
I am selling my 13 course swan neck lute. Built in 1960 by Hans Jordan of Markneukirchen. A special instrument with a great sound in its original case. String length 64cm. Bass string length 92cm. Total length 118.5cm. 27 flame maple ribs. Rosewood neck. Ebony (or ebonised?) pegbox and pegs. Soundboard and pegbox restored in 2014 by Klaus Jacobsen. Strung in nylgut, don't know about the wound strings but they sound fine. Good quality gut frets. Plays well and keeps its tuning well. The shortish strings make it an easy instrument for the a smaller or perhaps less agile hand. Asking price £1950.00 Of course photos and more info available if desired. I am based in Oxford. Please contact Marten on
6 course lute in g’ after Gerle by Bruce Brook, 2010, as new. Vibrating string length 60cm. Neck of plum with ebony edging; pegs and bridge of plum; 11 ribs of slab-sawn ribbled ash. Currently strung with Aquila nylgut and Savarez KF basses. Comes with fitted Kingham case. £2,500. Pictures at www.earlymusicmuse.com/instruments-for-sale Contact Ian
8-course lute in G by P Roberts,1997. String length: 62.8cm. Sycamore back, walnut neck, ebony fingerboard. Newly strung and serviced by Klaus Jacobsen, and in excellent condition. Perfect action, smooth-turning pegs. £1,800. Reasonable offers considered. Includes MTM velvet-lined Kingham hard case, condition as-new. Available to view in London. Photos and contact details here:
10 course lute in G, 62cm, by Stephen Gottlieb (1976) after Harton, with felt-lined ‘authentic’ wooden case as seen in 16th and 17th century pictures. 37 cherry ribs with ebony spacers, ebony pegbox and fingerboard, pristine condition £3500 ono, beautiful sound, photos on request, contact Nicholas Howard, tel: 07780 973857 Bucks/Oxon area e:
7 course lute in F, 67cm, by Stephen Barber (1980) after Maler, with Paxman case, 9 plum ribs, ebony pegbox and fingerboard, pristine condition, £2500 ono, beautiful sound, photos on request, contact Nicholas Howard, tel: 07780 973857 Bucks/Oxon area e:
Original 6-string Romantic Guitar c.1820, a Mirecourt (France). String-length 620mm.The instrument has been masterfully restored to full working order by Chris Egerton, in new hard-shell wood case. A wonderful example from the period, mostly original and very little played during the length of its 200-year life. Its restoration was completed in October 2016 and it has been very stable and reliable ever since. It is comfortable to play with beautiful, well-balanced tone and response. A professional, fully-functional original; no need to purchase a new replica! More details are available upon enquiry (including a recording). I’m only offering it for sale as I have another similar (a Stauffer) and I have no need/desire to possess two simultaneously. The guitar is currently located in London, England. I am more than happy to have the instrument professionally packaged and dispatched by “Mail Boxes Inc.” to anywhere in the world. Price: £1445 ONO This presents a rare opportunity. For more information and/or photographs please contact: YouTube video at youtu.be/toLKeWNDX2M
6 course lute in F (67 cm) by Stephen Barber & Sandi Harris (2009). A fine instrument after the Laux Mahler original in Nuremberg (MI54). Currently strung in Nylgut but suits gut strings very well. Complete with velvet-lined Kingham case. Excellent condition. Full description and pictures featured on the makers’ website (www.lutesandguitars.co.uk/htm/cat01.htm) under catalogue 1, and also partway down the homepage (www.lutesandguitars.co.uk). Recent pictures in Dropbox. Currently at my home near Cambridge but could bring to London for anyone seriously interested. Craig Hartley, telephone: 01763 208615 or email: . £3500 or sensible offers.