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6 Course Lutes

Characterised by a long narrow body of nine or eleven broad ribs with straight shoulders, the pear or pearl form is particularly associated with the Bologna makers Hans Frei and Laux Maler.

  • 53.5 cm.             An original design based on various sources of evidence 11 ribs
  • 59.2 cm              An original design based on various sources of evidence 11 ribs
  • 59.8 cm              Georg Gerle (Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum) 11 ribs
  • 60.0 cm              Original design based on early 16th sources of evidence 9 ribs
  • 60.0 cms.           Original design 11 rib in the style of the Warwick Frei.
  • 64.5 cms.           Hans Frei, C.34 (Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum) 11 ribs
  • 67.2 cms.           Based on the Warwick Hans  Frei but with a slightly smaller body11 ribs
  • 70.0 cms.           Hans Frei (Warwick County Museum) 11 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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