LUTES FOR SALE AND WANTED
Advice on buying lutes
Choosing a lute is partly a matter of deciding what historical repertoire you want to play; see lute history pages, for instance at Martin Shepherd’s site: www.luteshop.co.uk/Lute_history.html and on the Lute Society’s 'Thinking of taking up the lute page': www.lutesociety.org/pages/thinking-of-taking-up-the-lute. There is advice on buying a lutes at Martin Shepherd's website: www.luteshop.co.uk/Buying_a_lute.htm
If you are buying a lute for the first time, it is advisable to ask the advice of a teacher on the list of teachers or other experienced player, and ideally for the teacher to try the lute for you.
Lutes are quite expensive, and it is generally advisable to hire before you buy: see lutes for hire.
If you are selling and do not know what price to ask, take it to one of the lute makers to ask for a valuation. Beware of online fraud: if you place an advertisement to sell a lute, and receive a response which seems vague or badly written, it may be fraudulent: contact of one the lute societies to ask advice if in doubt.
Websites listing lutes for sale
Inexpensive factory lutes, and sometimes more expensive instruments by named craftsmen, are regularly sold on www.ebay.com/ and also via The Early Music Shop (UK) www.earlymusicshop.com/search.aspx/en-GB/?q=lutes
For sale and wanted listings can be found on the websites of some of the lute societies:(alphabetical by country)
Argentina, AALGA - Asociación Argentina de Laúdes y Guitarras Antiguas, instrumentos usados en venta
Belgium, Belgian Lute Academy, small adds:
France, Société Française de Luth, petites annonces, ventes:
Italy, Società del Liuto, bottega, strumenti in vendita
Netherlands, De Nederlandse Luitvereniging,
www.nederlandseluitvereniging.nl/ click on advertenties
UK, The Lute Society, small ads (includes international listings as well as United Kingdom, and a wanted page)
Wayne Cripps lutes for sale page:
Auction houses with regular musical instrument sales
Gardiner Houlgate, Bath: www.gardinerhoulgate.co.uk/
Ingles & Hayday: www.ingleshayday.com/