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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
7 course lute by Robert Eyland, London 1976. String length 59.2 cm. Originally made for Jakob Lindberg and used on an early recording. Very light construction, well worn but structurally sound. Newly adjusted action, perfect playing condition. With original Paxman case. £2000-. Photos in Dropbox. Can be viewed in North London.
Highly collectible mid 19th century guitar by D&A Roudhloff, London. Everything original, excellent playing condition, perfect action. There is a crack below the bridge, it does not affect the sound and it could be easily fixed, there are some very minor shrinkage cracks on the body but nothing serious. Photos in Dropbox. Fitted Kingham case. £ 3500-. Can be viewed in North London.
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.
6 course lute, 640 mm, handmade lute for sale £1500 or near offer. The instrument is in the style of Hans Frei (from the bologna school of lute making) and modelled on a 1550's design. It has a flamed ash back, a spruce soundboard (the rose is hand carved), walnut fingerboard, and a sycamore neck and pegbox, fitted with boxwood pegs. Other notable features include the use of hide glue in its construction, as well as using good quality Aquilla strings. Made under the tutelage of luthier Paul Egholm of Barleylands by Michele Farmer 2016. Without case. (I'm based in Essex (UK) but work in London) Pictures and film of it being played by my tutor can be found here. bluebirddesign.co.uk/lute-making-2015-2016/ Contact Michele
8 course Renaissance lute in G (60cm) in excellent condition with Kingham luxury Hardcase.Very little use due to illness. Made by Luke Emmet of Orlando Lutes .£1500. Norfolk, contact Ray, 01692 580361,
Bowlback Mandolin by Raffaele Calace in Hardcase 1962,good condition and great tone and volume,concert fingerboard.£950. Norfolk, contact Ray: 01692 580361
8 Course Atlas Renaissance lute - restrung with nylgut and working very well, easy action and in excellent condition, with good quality case. Would suit a beginner. Great value at £550. tel 01444891267 Geoff Haxell
8-course lute in G by P Roberts,1997. String length: 62.8cm. Sycamore back, walnut neck, ebony fingerboard. Newly strung and in excellent condition. Perfect action, smooth-turning pegs. £1,950. Reasonable offers considered. Includes MTM velvet-lined Kingham hard case, condition as-new. Available to view in London. Photos and contact details here:
Six course lute in F by Martin Shepherd (1992), 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 over 20 years and is a wonderful instrument. Condition is very good considering its age and it has a rich resonant sound and a wide dynamic range. It has been well maintained by Martin throughout its life and was totally rebarred in 2009. 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). Velvet lined Kingham case. £3,000. Gordon Gregory 07733 224933 . Pictures available. Can be viewed in London E9.
13crs Swan-neck Baroque Lute after Widhalm by Jiri Cepelak, 2017, £3300. String length: 74/100cm. Pristine, as-new condition. This is a lovely instrument which I’m reluctant to sell. It has a deep bass resonance and lively trebles, which can be a difficult balance to find in swan-neck lutes. Includes a Kingham hard case (as shown in the photos). Currently strung in nylgut at A=392. Pickup from Glasgow, UK preferable but I’m happy to post it too. P&P and any necessary insurance paid by the buyer. Photos and contact details here: alexmccartney.co.uk/for-sale/
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 renaissance 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. £3,200. For photographs go to www.earlymusicmuse.com/instruments-for-sale/ Contact:
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
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 .
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.