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7 and 8 Course Lutes

After 1560 a new style of lute making gained popularity. The best instruments were made in Venice and Padua by the various members of the Tieffenbrucker family. Typically these lutes had a broad, full shouldered body outline body, and were built from at least thirteen ribs of yew or maple, though expensive instruments could have as many as 35 narrow ribs of yew wood.

  • 44 cm Modelled on the original Venere descant lute in Vienna (C.44) 13/19 ribs (7c only)
  • 58.7 cm Vendelio Venere 1592 (Bologna, Academia Filarmonica) 13/25 ribs
  • 60.0 cm Vendelio Venere design. 13 ribs. 7c only.
  • 60.0 cm. Magno Tieffenbrucker, C.45 (Vienna), but with a reduced size body. 13 ribs 8c only
  • 63.5 cm Venere, 1582 (C.36 Vienna) – reduced body size. 7c only
  • 64-65 cm Magno Tieffenbrucker, C.45 (Vienna), full size. 21 or 31 ribs
  • 64.5 cm Based on the Sixtus Rauwolf lute owned by Jakob Lindberg. 15 ribs
  • 67.0 cm Vendelio Venere, 1582 (C.36 Vienna) 7c only
  • 78.0 cm Vendelio Venere of 1609 (ex Tony Bingham coll). 19 yew ribs

In the above list the measurement shows the string length from nut to bridge. Specific associations of string length and pitch are avoided, but the following are approximate guides for instruments of 6-10 courses.

60 cm – “g” tuning
64 cm – “f#” tuning
67 cm – “f” tuning
70 cm – “e” tuning

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