Sunday, 28 March 2021


 Stock lutes for Sale 
Last updated 08/07/2022

6 course Early Renaissance student lute c1500

This very early Renaissance lute is based on the late medieval body proportions as described by Lindley and seen on paintings by Hans Memling, with a bridge, pegbox and curved neck as seen on the Gerle lute, and a semicircular cross section back as noted by Zwolle. The ribs are in Cherry with some slight heart/sap shading with black boxwood spacers as seen on some renaissance lutes. The pegs and bridge are in natural pearwood, the fingerboard in darker plum wood. the soundboard in alpine spruce so no tropical woods. The case is the cheapest Kingham make for student lutes. Stringing in Nylgut with CD basses on the 6th and 5th with an octave on the 4th as seen on 6 crs lutes in paintings String length 52.5cm, but can be changed to unison 4th if preferred. The frets are the new durable synthetic fret gut by Aquilla. It can be heard here.

£884 + case £576

8 crs Multiribbed Yew Renaissance lute based on Hans Burkholtzer c1596 (KHM NE48)

Originally inspired by the look, shape and sound of the Sixtus Rauwolf lute played by Jacob Lindberg, it was created to give the look/feel of an original instrument. With a multiribbed yew body with old dark and lighter heartwood, one small rib restoration (thus a reduced price), and with a slightly darker/'aged' finish elsewhere, hopefully it's got the ambience of an old/original instrument, dare I say!
It has a Black Walnut neck and pegbox (as recommended by the Mary Burwell lute Ms) and is cheaper than a veneered neck, less ebony too, the fingerboard is black English Bog Oak an eco-alternative to Ebony, the only ebony used is around the soundboard. The pegs and bridge are pearwood with decorative stars carved as seen on another original/ surviving lute by Giovanni Hieber ( Brussels MIM 1561) string length 62.9cm in g' at a=440Hz. The original rose design, shown here has a roped border, typical of this type of renaissance lute. Hear it here

£3073 (£2515 + case £558, a must if shipping overseas) or to order new £2615 + case, now costs £618.

Below is another Burkholtzer with the same materials as above but with a golden rose and tuned to a=380 Hz (Renaissance pitch/Pretorius' Chorton pitch) with part gut trebles and and octaves with CD loaded gut bases, the string length is 64cm, this can be heard here 

£2575+ case £618

Here this golden rose Burkholtzer being played below: 

10/11crs lute based on Maler (MI54)

This Maler 10/11crs has extra holes in the bridge and groves in the nut to be strung as a 
10crs as seen or an 11crs single strung baroque lute. The back is in English heartwood yew and the neck and peg box are ebonised maple to look like ebony with out the cost. Strung in Nylgut and Cd basses as seen or wound D type for the 11crs setup, being single strung the tension on single strings is higher thus louder. The frets are in the new synthetic nylgut. Hear it here

£1247+ Kingham case £612 = £1859

10/11/12crs Lute based on Wolfgang Wolf (Stadmuseum Fussen Nr 4669)

Currently one of the few extant 12crs lutes but made as a familiar and subsequently more popular 11crs design (historically the 11crs was eventually preferred over the 12crs form).  However the since the body, baring and neck are the same as the 12crs the option has been made so it can still strung as a 12crs too but single strung so all strings fit on a 11crs nut. It can also be strung as a renaissance lute (originally a Renaissance lute made by Wolfgang Wolf c1580s) so an extra hole for a double 2nd crs for a 10crs setup, so 3 instruments in one! The ribs are made of rare English plum wood with boxwood spacers, with an ebony veneered neck and pegbox with pierced bottom in keeping with the original 12crs but more elaborate. The rose is the same design as the original, gold painted, as is the original. Some may notice the body is smaller more narrow shouldered than a normal Baroque lute but almost as deep, reminiscent of a 19th Century Neopolitan Mandolin, and the trebles have a distinctive pleasant tone (Hear here)

£2556, Kingham case if required is currently £636 (£530+vat)

11 crs swan-neck lute (or Double lute) based on MIR 899
Originally by M.Hartung/Harton c1600 converted to a swan neck in c1691 by Johann Zacher/Dacherl Bresslau, New pics (10/2019) with new CD bass strings put on.

Yew multi-ribbed back, veneered neck with holly lines, stained maple extended neck with stained pearwood pegs, ebony fingerboard and natural pear wood bridge, strung all in gut at f' at a=415Hz, D minor tuning. Alternatively it could be strung like the double lute/luth en tuorbe/Luth a double manche in vieil ton as seen in  Mersenne's Harmonie Universelle (1636),  but in g' at Mersenne's pitch a=375Hz with a different set of strings. New Kingham case wine red exterior/black plush interior. Shallow body and string length of 63.4/90.2cm makes it very comfortable to play Weiss' 11crs music which suits this instrument. Here it here with its new CD bass strings

£ 4260  now £3499 slight use and including used case (some exterior scuffing)

Sold 7 course lute with golden rose based on Giovanni Hieber, c1580 Venice (Brussels MIM 1561) 

This instrument is based on the original 7crs Hieber but with a gold rose, 59.7cm in g' (a=440Hz) in nylgut and CD basses. The back is Cypress wood which is fragrant and lightweight, considered a desirable wood for instrument bodies, the top in alpine spruce with black boxwood spacers, the pegs and bridge in pearwood with carved stars as on the original, the rose is the original with a roped border, the gold wouldn't of look out of place in Venice of course, some original lutes had gold painted/gilded roses like Burkholtzer, Fichtold, Wolf, the gold is a subtle antique gold paint as seen. Hear it here

 £ 2124 + case £558

SOLD Theorbe de Pieces in d' (a=415Hz) (The Lesser French Theorbo) based on Vendelio Venere, Padua c1611 (Vienna KHM C47)

This small Theorbo has a comfortable flat back yet just a wide as other theorboes is also referred to as a Theorbe de Pieces in d' or Lesser French Theorbo, or even a 'Luth a Double Manche (according to B.Narvey). String length 75.7/121cm in yew with bog oak veneered with holly lower and upper neck, pearwood pegs, alpine spruce soundboard with original rose and roped border, or 75.7/160 with a longer Italian theorbo neck as may have been on the original. This instrument may have started off life as a Bass lute, the neck on this instrument is narrow for a theorbo so may be the original Bass lute neck. The extended neck is more likely to be a conversion by a French lute maker like DesMoulins hence it's strung as a Theorbe de Pieces. However some early short necked, large bodied 'small' theorboes survive that are said to be original short necks, possibly tuned at standard chitarrone tuning in a' but at Paduan/Venetian Pitch (466Hz or 456Hz, according to E.Segerman 2008) possible at that higher pitch due to the shorter string length of 75.7cm but still justifying a double re-entrant stringing. It's a shallow theorbo at 15.5cm deep as seen below, Hear it here

£4518 + case discounted to £450 due to scratches on delivery and being oversized. Of course another case could be ordered to fit the shorter length but will cost circa £690

Here it being played below in french tuning in d'

Sold 6 crs Mandolino (Paris, E0702)

The latest addition is this Mandolino with 6 courses as ordered previously. The original instrument is in the Paris Cite de la Musique No E.0702. The original is mostly in Ebony and Ivory so I made this one out of Yew wood inspired by the Burkholtzer made before with heartwood yew, the rose also has a roped border. The neck is ebonised maple and the peg box ebonised limewood with natural pear wood pegs. The decorative headstock is made of holly and ebony like the original, 33cm string length . The intention was to create a venetian lute feel for the mandolino. The case is an oversized case but was bought as left over stock from Kingham and used for this instrument, it can be bought without this case but it does a good job at protecting it and small enough, the instrument can be bought without the case too.

SOLD £1565 without the case, (£120 for case shown above)

 Sold Ex hire 7 course lute based on Hans Frei (Vienna KHM C34)

(This can be ordered as new of course £1167 (not inc case)

7crs student lute for sale, made in 2015, used/hire instrument, ware due to playing/being held means its discounted to the current price. Strung in Kuershner Strings in g' at 440Hz, a warm a responsive tone. Yew heartwood body, maple neck and pegbox, pear wood pegs and bridge, fingerboard in eco-friendly English Bog oak. Currently on hire so if your interested in buying it when back off hire then it's first come first serve as standard.

 Was £1365 (inc case) Now £865 (inc Kingham case)
This is now sold but can be ordered from £1167+ case if needed.