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 Buchenburg (Edinburgh 3249) triple pegbox with a Jauck pegbox (based on Copenhagen CL104) triple rose from the Railich archlute (MIM1569) Inspired by the Berner CL105, this was originally an archlute made back in 2002, now has been converted with a new neck, pegbox and soundboard. Stringlength 70.3/85.3/97.5 cm in f (a=415Hz) strung with NNG & CD strings. 19 ribs and neck in Black Walnut, Bog oak fingerboard, ebonised pearwood triple pegbox, Indian rosewood pegs. 14 frets for the Bach transcriptions. Pictures seen here buyingalute.blogspot.com. Located in Derby £ 2800 Contact
7 Course Lute in F (65cms) by Martin Shepherd 2005. A fine example of Martin's instruments. Suitable for the entire solo repertoire for 7 course lutes, and particularly good for accompanying soprano and tenor voices. The 65cms string length gives a very rich resonant sound perfect for the solo repertoire. Strung in Nylgut with loaded gut basses on the 6 and 7 courses. Complete with velvet-lined MTM case. Photos at www.gordongregory.co.uk. Instrument can be viewed at 18 Meynell Crescent, London, E9 7AS, at Laval, France next week and the Lute Society meeting on November 17. Phone: 07733 224933. £3,000
French theorbo/angélique/double luth for sale by Martin Haycock (2012). The instrument is a very exact copy of the Yale Venere (replete with 16 courses, like the original) and can be strung up as all the above instrument types. It has a superb, strong, and warm tone throughout and good projection. The lute features a stunning bowl of very rare and dense old-growth yew that is in effect a hardwood. The spruce top is adorned with an elegant single rose (that of the Yale instrument) and a decorative bone heart. The neck and peg-box are ebony-veneered, and the neck has cutaway fretsawn floral tracery on its extension. Fingerboard, points and edge binding of ebony. The stopped string length is 74.2 cm with 9 tied frets on the neck, and the long string length is 127cm. Good action throughout and a very comfortable instrument to play. It has played hundreds of concerts all over the world, including my Carnegie Hall première. It is a good friend and I want it to go to a good home. The sale includes a form-fitted luxury case by Victor Vorko, replete with an extra lightweight blue liner material and an ultra resistant grey PVC exteriors which renders the case far stronger and lighter. The instrument is strung entirely in gut with expensive silver-gimped diapasons from Dan Larson. The instrument is in Paris, but can be brought to London. Price: £7600. Contact Benjamin Narvey at for more information. Photos available via corresponding item here.
7c. lute 59cm, Robert Eyland 1976. This is the lute that Jakob Lindberg used for some of his early recordings. Sycamore back, decorated neck, good condition for its age, the action is a touch high but still playable. Paxman case. £2300 - ono. photos. Instrument can be viewed in North London. Contact
Highly collectible mid 19th.c. guitar by D.A.Roudhloff, London, marked no. 86. Excellent condition, everything original, perfect action, fitted MTM case. £4000 - photos. Instrument can be viewed in North London. Contact
10c Lute by Martin Shepherd, 1999. Generally in good condition. Soundboard was replaced by Tony Johnson in 2012. Comes with fitted case. Price £3000.00. Pictures and contact details at: lutesale.moorclose.com
10/11c Lute by Martin Bowers 1978. This lute was made for Robert Spencer and can be played as an 11c baroque lute or a 10c Renaissance lute by changing the nut. Comes with fitted case. Price £2,500.00. Pictures and contact details at: lutesale.moorclose.com
Swan-Neck lute by Tony Johnson 2005. The lute was made for me in 2005 and can be tuned to 415 or 392 if required. It comes with a fitted case. There is one small area on the bowl where a small spot of varnish is lacking. Price £4,500.00. Pictures and contact details at: lutesale.moorclose.com
8 course Lute by Stephen Barber and Sandi Harris 1999. After Hans Frei with rose after Magnus Tiefenbrucker, marked with a unicorn by Stephen Barber. 11 Ribs/back in cherry; neck and pegbox in beech. Bridge, fingerboard and pegs in ebony with ebony points and half-edgings. Soundboard of European Spruce. G tuning string length 612mm. High quality hard case. This instruments is in pristine/as new condition, there are two or three marks on the case. Stephen Barber describes it as "a player's instrument." The price is 2800 UK pounds, 3000 Euros or 3500 dollars for the lute and case. Photos available on request. The lute is in north west France but I can arrange delivery to Rennes, Nantes, Paris or London - or it can be collected in person. Contact Ieuan Goch ab Einion at Photos available here.
6-course lute after Maler by Martin Shepherd (2018), 67cm string length, suitable for tuning in F (or E). Rippled maple back, beech neck and pegbox, boxwood fingerboard and pegs. £4000 (or 4500 Euros) including Kingham case. Photos and soundfile at luteshop.co.uk/forsale/. Can be viewed in London at Lute Society meeting on 17th November. Contact Martin Shepherd at .
8 course multi-ribbed lute in G (A=415) by Martin Shepherd, 1997. String length 60cm. 31 cypress ribs with ebony spacers. Spruce top. Fingerboard, pegs, bridge. and veneered neck & pegbox all in ebony. Kingham case. Very fine instrument, £2,500 in the hope of a quick sale. For further details, contact .
New 6 course lute in G by Adrian Dodd and Lawrence Dodd (2018) with a 60cm string length. The bowl is after Gerle and is made of an unusually patterned ash. It has an Alpine spruce soundboard, sycamore neck and pegbox, plum bridge and hornbeam heart pegs. The fingerboard is an unusual and rare piece of rippled hornbeam. Strung in Nylgut with Aquilla red CD basses. Price £2480 includes Kingham MTM case. Full details and pictures can be found at www.lutherie.uk/forsale Telephone: 01332 232051
8 course renaissance lute by Luke Emmet at Orlando Lutes, 2013, £1800. An excellent instrument in good condition. String length: 60cm. Can be heard on this solo album: veterummusica.bandcamp.com/album/elizabeths-lutes Includes home-made lightweight case. Glasgow, UK Contact: Photos available here: alexmccartney.co.uk/for-sale/
13 course baroque lute with bass rider, in perfect condition, by Bruce Brook (1999) after the 'Warwick' Frei. Eleven maple ribs, fingerboard in ebony with gut frets, strung in nylgut, with beautifully singing top strings. Includes a fitted Kingham case worth £475, three Tree Editions (J.S. Bach, J.A. Losy and E. Reusner), and the excellent Method for the Baroque Lute by Miguel Yisrael. Price £3600. Please contact Will at
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 1500GBP. Photos available from . Is in Swansea.
8-course renaissance lute by Brian Rattray of Edinburgh (1979), string length 65 cm, recently restored to playing order by Din Ghani, with custom-made case. Photos and MP3 on request, bargain price for quick sale in advance of house move, £595 ono. Contact: Jane Warren (Southampton, until mid-August, then Worcester.)
New 8 course lute in G by Adrian Dodd and Lawrence Dodd (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 £2420 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 by Adrian Dodd and Lawrence Dodd (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 £2850 includes Kingham MTM case. Full details and pictures can be found at www.lutherie.uk/forsale Telephone +44(0)1332 232051
Renaissance 7 course lute 615mm scale length G tuning (2007) Authentic design based on Gerle following David Van Edwards drawings. 11 ribs of 1/4 sawn ash, Alpine spruce soundboard, Flamed sycamore neck, pegbox and bridge, Ebony fingerboard, Pegs of plum, Gut frets, Strung with nylgut, Hand oiled finish, Complete with Kingham MTM case (current price over £500). Excellent condition with minimal use. Made by experienced semi-pro maker and pro guitar teacher with many years experience. Selling because I need to downsize my collection now and it really deserves to be played. Great value lute and professional case. £1200 o.n.o. Photos and more info available on request. Home collection only from Shepperton Surrey. Phone: 07472658815
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.
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.
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. £3,100. 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,
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.