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.
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13 course Bass-rider Baroque Lute by Jirí Cepelák, 70.5cm, £3150. Perfect condition: as new. RCH hard case included. A sweet sounding bass-rider Baroque lute, which can be tuned at 415 or 440Hz. Selling because I need the space. Pickup from Glasgow, UK preferable but I'm happy to post it too. P&P and any necessary insurance paid by the buyer. Contact: Photos available on my website: alexmccartney.co.uk/for-sale/
10 course lute, made in 1969 by Henry Holmes of Sheffield. String length 620mm, tuned to f sharp with Kürschner Strings. £900 including case. Though it predates much of the authenticity learned in the 70's, it is still a very serviceable lute. The first owner was Anthony Bailes. More information and photos at www.art-robb.co.uk/inst.html. Contact: or 01666 822945.
A 1974 David Rubio 8 course lute is now available. The price of £2500 includes a sturdy fibreglass case and the lute can be shipped worldwide. Photographs and full information can be found at www.art-robb.co.uk/inst.html. Contact Arthur Robb at or phone 01666-822945.
11c baroque lute by Oliver Wadsworth, 1998, after the Warwick Hans Frei. 11-rib back of rippled ash, veneered neck & pegbox, string length 69.5 cm. In very good playing condition. £3250 with case. Peter Cains, , tel. 01799 524277.
14crs French-style Theorbo by Lars Jönsonn, 82/158cm, £6500 GBP. A wonderful instrument with a deep and projecting sound appropriate for continuo and solo playing alike. Selling because I need the space and have a folding instrument that I prefer to travel with. Cutom-made Kingham case included. P&P and any necessary insurance paid by the buyer. Pickup from Glasgow, UK preferable but I'm happy to post it too. Contact Alex McCartney for more information,
7 course lute in g by Stephen Barber (1976), string length 580mm, ‘in Padov 1595’ model (see Barber and Harris website). Beautiful instrument in pearwood with ebony stringing, ebony veneer to neck and pegbox, and alternate ebony and boxwood pegs. In March 2015 it went back to Stephen Barber, when he renewed the barring completely. It has new frets and Nylgut strings, and the sound and action are excellent. With case. £1850 near Exter, Devon.
14crs Theorbo by Szabolcs Bárdi after Tecchler 73/122cm 3500 GBP ONO. A deep-bellied short theorbo: the instrument has a clear sound, excellent projection and a good tone palette – I’ve used it professionally… despite my love of playing longer theorbos. Because of the short string length, it works in the ‘A’ Italian tuning, the ‘G’ English theorbo tuning and even as a single strung baroque lute in d minor. I’m selling because I don’t play it enough, and would like the space. Hard case included. P&P and any necessary insurance paid by the buyer. Pickup from Glasgow, UK preferable but I’m happy to post it too. Photos available on my website: alexmccartney.co.uk/for-sale/ Contact:
New 8 course lute in G. (2017). 60cm string length, bowl in rippled sycamore, Gerle shape, Alpine spruce soundboard, black neck and pegbox, plum bridge. Strung in Nylgut with Aquilla red CD basses. Price £3000 includes Kingham MTM case. Full details and pictures can be found at www.lutherie.uk/forsale Telephone +44(0)1332 232051
New 10 course lute in F# after Frei C34 (2017). 64cm string length, Alpine spruce soundboard, varnished pear bowl, sycamore neck and pegbox with ebony fingerboard, plum bridge with blackened hornbeam pegs. Strung in Nylgut with red CD basses. Price £3200 includes Kingham MTM case. Full details and pictures can be found at www.lutherie.uk/forsale Telephone +44(0)1332 232051
6-course early renaissance lute after iconographical sources, 54 cm SL. 9 ribs in flamed sycamore with ebony lines, pegbox of ebony veneered flamed sycamore, bridge of pearwood, pegs of boxwood, neck of cedar veneered with Macassar ebony, soundboard of Alpine spruce. Built in 2012. Includes RCH (Italy) case. (Dorset) £1,650.00 / €1,875.00
7-course treble lute after an instrument from the Wendelio Venere workshop (W. Eberle) in Padua, ca. 1600. SL 44.4 cm; 19 ribs of plum with ebony lines, neck of ebony veneered cedar, plum bridge and pegbox, Alpine spruce soundboard. Built in 2013. (Dorset) £1,520.00 / €1,725.00
11 course French baroque lute after Hans Frei by Chris Doddridge, 2011, with Kingham case. Vibrating string length, 70cm. Back of 9 ribs of English sycamore, soundboard Swiss spruce, neck veneered in ebony and paduk, ebony pegs, beautifully carved peg box. As new. £3,500. For photographs go to www.earlymusicmuse.com/instruments-for-sale/ Contact:
11 course Baroque lute (after Hans Frei) by Adrian Dodd, 2014. String length 68cm. Beautiful sycamore bowl, 11 ribs and ebony veneered neck with French style bridge end. Ebony veneered pegbox with sycamore sides and treble rider. Comes with custom leather style case. Price, £2150. Pictures upon request. Contact Mark for general interest on: 07472005205,
6 course lute in F (67 cm) by Stephen Barber & Sandi Harris (2009). A fine instrument after the Laux Mahler original in Nuremberg (MI54). Highly figured Hungarian ash ribs. Complete with velvet-lined Kingham case. Excellent condition. Full description and pictures featured on the makers’ website (www.lutesandguitars.co.uk/htm/cat01.htm catalogue 1, and also partway down www.lutesandguitars.co.uk). Recent picture here; now restrung in Nylgut. Currently at my home near Cambridge but could bring to London for anyone seriously interested. Craig Hartley, 01763 208615 and . £3600 or offers.
7 course lute, copy of Wendelio Venere 1592 made by Stephen Murphy in 2003 in very good condition. String length: 60cm, top: Spruce (Jura), back: Swiss yew (very rare two-colour heart and sap wood), neck: Ebony veneered spruce, pegbox: Plum, Kingham fitted case. It can be heard on the 3rd track at this link, played alongside a renaissance guitar in a duo piece: manuelminguillon.com/?page_id=25. Pictures can be seen at goo.gl/1uMiFU. The cost now of this model by Stephen Murphy is currently £6355 (7200€), but this one is selling for just £4000 / 4500€ or best reasonable offer. Instrument is currently in South London, SW12. For more information Please contact James Bramley (+44 (0)7885 218 858; ) or Manuel Minguillón (+34 616 324 892; )
Panormo Guitar - An 1826 Louis Panormo Fecit, with ivory frets, has been restored in my workshop and is now available. The price of £4500 includes a hard case and the guitar can be shipped worldwide. Photographs and full information can be found at: www.art-robb.co.uk/inst.html. Contact Arthur Robb at or phone 01666-822945.
6 string guitar in the style of Lacôte, made by Estebán Perez Esquivel, Colón, Argentina 2010. Like new, exquisite workmanship, beautiful sound, hard case. 2500 pounds. Can be viewed in London. Contact
8 course lute in g’ by Martin Shepherd, 2006, after Gerle, with Kingham case. European spruce soundboard, back of figured ash. Currently strung with Aquila nylgut and Savarez KF basses. Vibrating string length, 60cm. Well loved, well looked-after, superb condition. £3,800. For pictures go to earlymusicmuse.com/instruments-for-sale/ Contact:
Oud by unknown maker, Turkey (2000). This instrument is currently in a variation of Old Turkish, Armenian and Greek tuning, d’ a e B A G, all courses double unisons except the single bottom G. It is currently strung with Aquila nylgut and Savaerez KF basses, which emphasises the middle frequencies. A standard set of modern oud strings, nylon and overwounds, also works well and gives a clean, bright sound. This oud comes with a Kingham case. £800. This instrument can be seen and heard at earlymusicmuse.com/instruments-for-sale/ Contact:
8 Course Amplified Lute by Arthur Robb. Made in 1976, this lute has been fitted with a high quality lapel microphone inside the body of the instrument. Access to all the very lightweight electronic equipment is through a hatch cut into the body. The amplified sound is extremely lute like. String length is 625mm and the price with fibre case is £900. Full details and photos at www.art-robb.co.uk/inst.html or phone 01666-822945.
Diatonic cittern by Peter Forrester after Brussels 1524, string length 43.3 mm., heard at a recent Lute Society meeting. Reduced to £2500 for quick sale, Kingham case included. UK or Europe preferred
An 1838 Louis Panormo guitar, restored in my workshop, is now available. The price of £4000 includes a hard wooden case and it can be shipped worldwide. A full set of photos is at: www.art-robb.co.uk/inst.html. A full description of the restoration, with photos, is at: www.art-robb.co.uk/pan 1838b.html. Contact Arthur Robb at or on 01666-822945.
Original engraving of Charles Mouton playing his lute. Elegantly framed. Offers please. Contact Douglas Wootton 07904114437 or email
Bandora - excellent instrument by Maish Weisman. Has wooden ‘coffin’ case. £2000 Contact: Douglas Wootton Tel: 07904114437 South East London.
Lovely sonorous 7 course lute by Anna Dolling who worked with Stephen Gottlieb. 66cm string length at A415 perfect for lute song. Some wear on varnish. Comes with hard Kingman case, £2200 Contact Douglas Wootton on 07904114437
7 course renaissance lute, 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. No other purfling or decoration, but its plainness lends emphasis to the delicately carved rose. Pyramid strung, comes with a spare set of strings, and fretgut(natural), the scale length being 610mm. A simple instrument but very playable. “Perfection” gig bag with 20mm padding. Price 1500GBP. Photos available from In Swansea.