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  • String length 60 cm
  • 8½ fret spaces
  • Model AA
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Based on some early 16th century Venetian painting.

The design for this instrument is derived  from  early 16th century Venetian paintings which depict  outlines that are quite rounded in the shoulders - in fact the sort of shape that we normally associate with much later instruments. We can only guess at the  character of the cross sections, so I have based these on  early instruments by Magno Tiefenbrucker  with nine broad ribs. The neck and pegbox can be made from solid maple, beech or  plum. Like almost all six course lutes the pegs are heart shaped.

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