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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.

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Jan 2021

New solo French theorbo (based on Talbot MS dimensions) by Adrian Dodd and Lawrence Dodd (2020) with 76cm and 129cm string lengths. The strings are Nylgut with six courses on the fingerboard and eight on the extension. The tuning is standard re-entrant theorbo tuning in D (a=415Hz). This instrument has a bowl made of rippled sycamore, has a particularly fine Alpine spruce soundboard, ebony veneered neck and a blackened extension, plum bridge and pegs. The bowl is finished with oil varnish. £4450. Includes a fitted Kingham MTM case. More information and pictures can be found at: www.lutherie.uk/forsale Telephone: 01332 232051 email:

Oct 2020

6 course lute in F by Martin Shepherd (2007), modelled on the Warwick Frei lute, sycamore/maple back, 68cms, strung in Nylgut with a gut bass on the 6th course. This has been my main playing choice for the last few years and is a wonderful instrument. Condition is very good and it has a rich resonant sound and a wide dynamic range. It has been well maintained by Martin throughout its life. Perfect for the 16th century solo repertoire and good for playing the lower parts of tone apart duets (which tend to be easier!). This is just the kind of instrument that the French Baroque lutenists scoured Italy for in search of lutes to convert to Baroque 11 course lutes (just as the Warwick Frei was changed). I asked Martin to build this instrument as a partner to a virtually identical instrument he made me in 1992 and have enjoyed years of wonderful duet playing with the two. Many lute players will be familiar with them as they will have heard or even played them at Lute Society weekends and playing days. I sold the 1992 instrument a while ago to Bor Zulian. Complete with velvet-lined MTM case. Can be examined in Hackney E9. Shipping at cost. Photos available. 07733 224933 £3,500

Sep 2020

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. Offers considered on all of these instruments. Contact: Martin Haycock. Email: . 07968 268644:

  • Eight course lute by George Stevens. 64cm. String length after Frei. Yew back, sycamore neck and pegbox. Fitted Kingham case. £2600.
  • Six course Vihuela in g’ by Bruce Brook 60cms. Vaulted back of cypress, neck and pegbox of cedrela. Manzano case. £1600. This has some staining to the soundboard, it's purely cosmetic and does not affect the sound of the instrument. Bruce Brook would be willing to replace the soundboard, in which case the price would be £2000.
  • Six course bass Vihuela in d’ by Bruce Brook 78.5cms. Vaulted back of cypress, neck and pegbox of cedrela. Manzano case. £2600.

7crs Renaissance Lute by Luke Emmet £2000. Beautiful ribs and plays excellently. 60cm string length. Condition is as-new. Selling because of the Covid crisis. Sold without hard case but can be supplied with a fitted hard case + £300. Photos available on my website: www.alexmccartney.co.uk/for-sale/ Contact:

Italian Mandolin by Domenico Zanoni, c.1890 (refurbished 2018/19) £300. The previous owner had this instrument refurbished so it is in very good playing condition and sounds lively for an instrument of this age. Comes with it’s original case which is in bad repair. Photos available on my website: www.alexmccartney.co.uk/for-sale/ Contact:

14crs Theorbo by Busato £3800 Lovely instrument by Paolo Busato (2015) after Vendelino Eberle (Padova 1611) . Converted to a folding theorbo by Klaus Jacobsen (2015).
Rosewood ribs and an inlaid neck. String lengths: 790/1545 mm Comes with soft case by Gizeta. It has had one small rib crack repaired by Klaus Jacobsen in 2016. As heard on my album of Kapsberger and numerous recordings as a continuo instrument. Photos available on my website: www.alexmccartney.co.uk/for-sale/ Contact:

Liuto Attiorbato by Luke Emmet £3000 Liuto Attiorbato by Luke Emmet at Orlando lutes after Sellas, 2019. String lengths: 648/910mm Another instrument I’m sad to let go of due to Covid. It plays well and it is in as-new condition. Comes with a soft Gizeta case. Photos available on my website: www.alexmccartney.co.uk/for-sale/ Contact:

Aug 2020

14crs Theorbo based on Venere, Padua c1611, C47 multi-ribbed yew flattened back 75.7/121cm, currently strung as a French theorbo in d', bog oak and holly veneered neck, bog oak fingerboard and veneered extended neck with bog oak and holly, Alpine spruce soundboard with original roped border and single rose, ebony edging £4518+kingham theorbo case (£450) see pictures at buyingalute.blogspot.com

8crs multi-ribbed yew lute based on Hans Burkholtzer (NE48) string length 62.8 cm in g', soundboard in alpine spruce with original rose and roped border and ebony edigning, pearwood bridge with carved-in stars and pearwood pegs, bog oak fingerboard. Black Walnut neck and peg box, Kingham case in wine red and Mink plush interior £2625+case (£558) see pictures at buyingalute.blogspot.com

6crs Mandolino based on E0702 (Paris, Cité de la Musique) 33 cm string length in g''. Ribs in yew wood with black boxwood spacers, ebony fingerboard, ebonised maple neck, ebonised pearwood bridge, pearwood pegs, holly and ebony headstock decoration. £1565+Kingham case (£120) see more at buyingalute.blogspot.com

Guitar Copy from Grobert which belonged to Paganini e Berlioz. Built in 2009 by Esteban Pérez Esquivel (Argentina). The body is made by indian Rosewood, the sound board made of German spruce. Here some vídeos on YouTube by gabriel Schebor, its previous owner. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Price with discount: 1.500 pounds. The guitar is in London. Contact me at: .

Cittern by Stephen Gottlieb, 6 courses. String length 64 cm. Modelled on the instrument in the Museo Bardini, Florence. Unplayed and in mint condition. Price £3,500 to include a case also made by Stephen. Photos available. Contact

Jul 2020

Three lutes and three Louis Panormo guitars for sale from Arthur Robb’s workshop: Lutes: 7 course Robb - 2019 with case, £2750; 8 course Robb - 2013, with case, £3000; 8 course Robb, amplified - 2018, with case, £3500. Restored Panormos: an 184?, (£2650), an 1826 Fecit (£4850) and an 1831 Fecit (£5500). Full information at: www.art-robb.co.uk/inst.html or phone 01666-822945. Email . At the moment, door to door shipping within the UK is reliable.

Jun 2020

7 course lute (60 cm) by David Van Edwards Lute (August 1987) based fairly closely on the original by Vvendelio Venere of 1592. The 25 ribs are made of Kingwood [Dalbergia cearensis] a particularly fine resonant wood. The lute is in very good condition. Comes with velvet lined case, the case could do with some tender loving care. Based in Birchington, Kent. £3500. Photos can be sent on request, contact

Apr 2020

Mid 19th century guitar by D & A Roudhloff, London. All original: tuners, hand-written labels, case... Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, X-braced spruce top. A wonderful sounding instrument with real bass and clear sweet treble. Currently lightly strung with Pyramid basses and nylgut trebles (after much experimentation). £4,400. Would consider swap / part exchange for a 6-course lute. Enquiries to . Photos available on request. (Worth googling Bingham Old Musical Instruments, who currently have an identical model on offer.)

Feb 2020

Exquisitely made 7-course Renaissance lute, after Venere, by George Stevens, 2016. Had very light use. Scale length 59.5cm. 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, good price for quick sale. Located in Torbay, Devon. Photos available on request. E-mail: Dan
or ring mob: 07513 233 858.

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.
Contact me for more information:

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:

Jan 2020

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