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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7 course lute in F by James Stallibrass. 67cm string length. Strung in Aquila gut with Savarez carbon 6 & 7. Back in yew, with some wear to the varnish. Great both for solo repertoire and accompanying song. Includes Kingham MTM case. A very nice instrument - offers around £1750 invited. Contact Simon Nisbett, email: tel: 01723 658744
Kingham lute case, to fit a renaissance or baroque lute with a vibrating string length of around 70cm. The measurements are as follows. Please note that the plush lining allows for some leeway under the maximum measurements given: Full length inside case: 95cm. Depth of bowl: 18cm. Length from far top of neck rest to the tail end of case – with strap button 76cm – without strap button 75cm. Width of body: 33cm. Peg box pocket – width 18cm – length 19.5 cm – depth 28cm. £400. For pictures go to www.earlymusicmuse.com/instruments-for-sale/ Contact:
8 course 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. £3,800. For pictures go to earlymusicmuse.com/instruments-for-sale/ Contact:
Bandora, 7 courses, by Peter Forrester, 2008. Beautiful instrument in virtually immaculate condition. Strings of brass and iron, tuned: a+a, e+e, c+c, G+G, d+D, c+C, G+GG. Vibrating string length: 73.2cm–77.8cm. Rose of carved wood and parchment and decorative carved head with painted flowers in her hair. Comes with bespoke Kingham fitted case and spare strings. £4,300. For pictures go to earlymusicmuse.com/instruments-for-sale/ Contact:
5 course baroque guitar by Bruce Brook, 2015, after Alexander Voboam, 1676. Back, ribs and neck of flamed maple, soundboard European spruce, plum half-edging, bridge and moustaches of plum, head of maple with plum veneer, lemonwood pegs, parchment rose. Comes with custom made case. Currently tuned e’ (x1), b (x2), g (x2), d+d’, a (x2), with nylgut strings. Other baroque guitar tunings are possible. This guitar has 9 strings and 10 pegs, to allow for conversion to a double top course if required. This instrument is in perfect condition, except for the loss of a single clover on the top edge of the parchment. £2,250. For pictures go to earlymusicmuse.com/instruments-for-sale/ Contact:
Clarsach (wire strung harp) by Ardival, 19 strings, based on carvings of harps played by mermaids found on the fireplace at Kilcoy Castle on the Black Isle, dating from 1679. 19 brass strings, g-d”’, made entirely of sycamore. It has a hollowed-out soundbox, brass string shoes, and an exterior integral string band. It comes with a Glenn Cronkhite harp case and spare strings. £750. For pictures, soundfile and video, go to earlymusicmuse.com/instruments-for-sale/ Contact:
Oud by unknown maker, Turkey (2000). This instrument is currently in a variation of Old Turkish, Armenian and Greek tuning, d’ a e B A G, all courses double unisons except the single bottom G. It is currently strung with Aquila nylgut and Savaerez KF basses, which emphasises the middle frequencies. A standard set of modern oud strings, nylon and overwounds, also works well and gives a clean, bright sound. This oud comes with a Kingham case. £800. This instrument can be seen and heard at earlymusicmuse.com/instruments-for-sale/ Contact:
6 course lute and 9 course lute. Personal circumstances force me to sell 2 very much loved instruments. 6 course lute after Italian models by Klaus Jacobsen. 2014 60 cent. string length. 3,500 pounds. 9 course lute after Frey by Klaus Jacobsen. 1999 62.5 cent. string length. Can be heard on many Palladian Ensemble recordings. 4,000 pounds Both instruments are in very good condition [the 6 course is as new] and come with a hard [Kingham] and soft case. If interested please contact Bill Carter at
8 Course Amplified Lute by Arthur Robb. Made in 1976, this lute has been fitted with a high quality lapel microphone inside the body of the instrument. Access to all the very lightweight electronic equipment is through a hatch cut into the body. The amplified sound is extremely lute like. String length is 625mm and the price with fibre case is £900. Full details and photos at www.art-robb.co.uk/inst.html or phone 01666-822945.
7 Course lute in F by Martin Shepherd. A fine, professional quality instrument(2005); excellent condition. 65cm scale length. Complete with velvet lined Kingham case. Can be viewed in London E9 and also at the Lute Society meeting on November 18. Pictures shortly available at www.gordongregory.co.uk. Gordon Gregory 07733_224933 and £4300
Outstanding 6 course lute by Ivo Magherini (2014). Truly exceptional sound and projection, and first-rate craftsmanship. Made with a particularly beautiful piece of quilted maple, the bridge is jasmine tree, fretboard and soundboard edging, and pegs are in boxwood. Soundboard is spruce. Stopped string length 60cm. Excellent condition. Can be heard at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1uvffo2bPs Comes with Kingham case, and can be seen in London. Price: £3,200 For more details please contact Zak Ozmo at: Photos: www.dropbox.com/sh/5e7bampaleqxb8e/AADehGduwhRbEF3_iyvoHQIFa?dl=0
Diatonic cittern by Peter Forrester after Brussels 1524, string length 43.3 mm., heard at a recent Lute Society meeting. Reduced to £2500 for quick sale, Kingham case included. UK or Europe preferred
An 1838 Louis Panormo guitar, restored in my workshop, is now available. The price of £4000 includes a hard wooden case and it can be shipped worldwide. A full set of photos is at: www.art-robb.co.uk/inst.html. A full description of the restoration, with photos, is at: www.art-robb.co.uk/pan 1838b.html. Contact Arthur Robb at or on 01666-822945.
Original engraving of Charles Mouton playing his lute. Elegantly framed. Offers please. Contact Douglas Wootton 07904114437 or email
Bandora - excellent instrument by Maish Weisman. Has wooden ‘coffin’ case. £2000 Contact: Douglas Wootton Tel: 07904114437 South East London.
Lovely sonorous 7 course lute by Anna Dolling who worked with Stephen Gottlieb. 66cm string length at A415 perfect for lute song. Some wear on varnish. Comes with hard Kingman case, £2200 Contact Douglas Wootton on 07904114437
7 course renaissance lute, 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. No other purfling or decoration, but its plainness lends emphasis to the delicately carved rose. Pyramid strung, comes with a spare set of strings, and fretgut(natural), the scale length being 610mm. A simple instrument but very playable. “Perfection” gig bag with 20mm padding. Price 1500GBP. Photos available from In Swansea.
An Arthur Robb eight course lute begun in 2013 is now available. The string length is 600mm and it is tuned to g. The 13 rib body is figured English sycamore and the soundboard is Swiss pine. The price of £3000 includes a Kingham (MTM) case and it can be shipped worldwide. A full set of photos is at www.art-robb.co.uk/inst.html. Contact Arthur Robb at or on 01666-822945.
Turkish oud , nice instrument by Hasan Oksuz. Real Horn roses and soft case. £450 ono Streatham London 07905 190 269 or email
Handmade 6 course lute £1800, by Michele Farmer (2016). It's a six course lute with a sounding string length of 640mm. 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. Pictures and film of it being played by my tutor can be found here. bluebirddesign.co.uk/lute-making-2015-2016/ Contact
10 course lute by Stephen Barber 1987, string length 61.7 cm, 11-rib maple back, excellent playing condition, Paxman case. £ 2100-. Property of Dennis Fairbanks, Denmark, the lute can be viewed at Klaus Jacobsen's workshop in North London. Pictures here. Contact
14 Course Theorbo made by Eric Stefanelli in 2002. 7 and 7, string lengths 80cm & 160cm. In very good condition and comes with hard case. Located in Reading area. Photos available. £3,750. Please contact Peter Till at: or call 0776 770 3449
Bentside spinet by Alec Hodson, 1954. This is a high-quality instrument built by one of the 20th century's most important makers. Mahogany case, four octaves and five Keys, with Blackwood and Boxwood accidentals, inscribed 'Alec Hodsdon Lavenham fecit anno MCMLIV'. It is in excellent cosmetic and functional condition with a beautiful delicate sound. Full length 1.8m. £2,250, inc stand and padded carrying case. Photographs available from Andrew Benfield: ; 01872 553414
11c Baroque lute (after Laux Mahler) by Lauri Niskanen, 2015. String length 70cm. Ribs in beautiful Finnish visa birch with ebony spacers. Neck in ebony with ebony veneered pegbox. Treble rider damaged and repaired. Comes with plywood box made by Niskanen. Pictures of this lute can be seen on www.niskanenlutes.com. Price £1750. Contact Paul 01599 566790, for more info and pictures.
7 course lute after Venere in G, 59.5 cm scale. Ribs in alternating English walnut and cherry. Spruce top, sycamore neck, pegbox and bridge. Mottled holly pegs, laburnum fingerboard, points and bridge cap. Other fittings in ebony and holly. £3140. Kingham case also available.
Long scale 5 course gittern after primary and inconographical sources / my own design. 54 cm scale in G (mean lute pitch) open tuning. Pegbox, neck and body in sycamore, carved and hollowed with ‘double lobe’ relief carving on back after Hans Ott c.1450. Spruce top with three layer rose in cherry and paper. Other fittings in laburnum, ebony and holly. £2650. Kingham case on request.
Pictures of these are available among others under ‘...for sale’ on my website, and at www.facebook.com/georgestevensluthier
New 11 course Swan neck lute based on Johann Zacher/Darcherl(?) c1691 Bresslaw/ Michielle Harton, Padua (MIR899) Yew multi ribbed shallow body with veneered neck with holly lines, ebony fingerboard, pear wood bridge, stained maple swan neck, strung all in gut in f' a=415Hz, new Kingham case, located in Derby. £ 4690. See pictures here. Contact or call 01283 734388.
5 course medieval lute in G by Stephen Barber and Sandi Harris. 60cm scale. Made in 2012. Fitted Kingham case. Immaculate condition. Pictures on Early Music market section of facebook. David Chatterley 07906 169323.