Lute Catalogue 2013
When comparing prices with those of other makers, please remember that my prices include a velvet-lined Kingham case. These cases continue to rise in price, but they are simply the best. I include the case because I can’t imagine anyone wanting to risk their instrument in a second-rate case.
I always use the best available materials as the main cost of a lute is labour – it seems pointless to expend that amount of labour on indifferent materials. This is one reason why I don’t make “student” lutes; I do however offer a discount for full-time lute students.
I no longer quote a price for each type of instrument in this catalogue, as prices vary quite a lot depending on materials and decorative aspects - obviously extra decoration in the form of neck stripes, etc. adds considerably to the production costs. Any extra costs of this kind are subject to negotiation when the order is placed and the price agreed. As a rough guide, prices for a 6-course lute start at £3500, for an 11-course lute £5000. For more information on deposits, payment and delivery methods, please see my terms of business.
The catalogue is divided into sections, each with some background information on the different types of lute. Please follow the links below:
6-course lute – from 15th century to the end of the 16th century
7/8/9-course lute – from the 1560s through to the 1620s
10-course lute – from c.1600, Renaissance tuning and “transitional” tunings
lute – a 17th
century lute popular in the Low Countries and
11-course lute – wonderful French music to about 1700, and also German to at least 1750
13-course lute – from c.1720, the last flowering of the lute
liuto attiorbato – the Italian solo lute of the 17th century
theorbo – large instruments developed at the end of the 16th century for continuo playing
archlute – continuo lutes from 17th to early 18th century, without the re-entrant tuning of the theorbo