Eight course Renaissance lutes

Eight course lutes are first called for in Michele Cararra’s 'Intavolatura di liuto' of 1585, though they are known to have existed since at least 1581.

Vvendelio Venere

Vvendelio Venere

  • String length 58.7 cm
  • 8 ⅔ fret spaces
  • Model WT

Modelled on the 7c 1592 Venere alto lute now in the collection of the Academia Filharmonica, Bologna.

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Hans Frei

Hans Frei

  • 62.5 or 63 cm
  • 8 ¾ fret spaces
  • 11
  • Model E

Modelled on the Hans Frei lute in the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, no C.34

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Original design

  • String length 63.5 cm
  • 8 ⅔ fret spaces
  • Model VV

Designed in the style of the Vvendelio Venere workshop.

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Sixtus Rauwolf

Sixtus Rauwolf

  • String length 64.5 cm
  • 8 ⅔ fret spaces
  • Model R

Based on original instrument by Sixtus Rauwolf in Augsburg, now owned and played by Jakob Lindberg

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