Original design

Original design 1
  • String length 53.5 cm
  • 8½ fret spaces
  • Model HH

A small instrument for players who like the vitality and brightness of lute in a‘.

No lutes of this type and size have survived, though paintings of the period show that they certainly existed. This design is strongly influenced by the slightly lager alto lute by Georg Gerle (see below). The eleven rib back can be  built from figured maple, plum, yew or ash. The neck and pegbox would generally be made from maple, plum or  Swiss pear.

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