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Instrument List

This list is selective. It represents the models that I most commonly use, though there are others. The list has evolved over time, and continues to develop. To include every possible combination of mould type, number of courses etc. would be impractical, but I am always open to discussing alternative configurations or other lute types and models.

Makers’ names are included to suggest a characteristic style, associated with certain workshops for example Bologna lutes and Hans Frei, or Paduan lutes from the Tieffenbrucker/Venere workshop. All however are made to reflect and respect the varied norms, styles and details of historical lutes at different periods.

Though some of the above instruments are closely based on specific historical models, none are strict copies of any particular original lute. Of necessity, the process of recreating historical lutes is one of interpretation rather than exact replication.

Instruments are available in various forms – plain and veneered. In the historical lutes, the highly decorated instruments which have survived were almost certainly the preserve of the wealthiest patrons, and the levels of decoration we see in many surviving museum instruments would have been prohibitively expensive to professional lute players or those of lower social status. Whilst the sensitive application of appropriate period details to a lute is important, my preferences is to focus on using the best quality wood that I can, and to avoid unnecessary decoration. Beauty of form and proportion were hallmarks of the best historical lutes, and my aim as a modern maker is to honour that tradition.

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