Price List

Last updated: 23 January 2015

This list is current for 2015 and we reserve the right to change it at any time.

The prices listed are for guidance only and reflect the cost of only the most basic instruments in each category. Extra decorative features will lead to an increase in cost. See the sections below for more detailed information on our system of pricing and what you can expect from our instruments.

  • 6crs lutes from 1750
  • 7crs lutes from 1765
  • 8crs lutes from 1780
  • 9crs lutes from 1795
  • 10crs lutes from 1975
  • 11crs lutes from 1985
  • 13crs lutes from 2550

Cases are not included in these prices and can be ordered separately.

For terms and conditions please go here

For details of the specific instrument models offered under each category please go to the catalogue.

Details for 6-11crs lutes

For 6-11crs lutes you can expect the following at the basic prices listed above (for 13crs baroque lutes see section below):

  • The offering of a limited selection of historical roses (these roses are however fully carved and finished as they would be on any of our lutes).
  • Neck without decorative veneers or ebony fingerboard.
  • A solid peg-box without decorative veneers.
  • Fewer coats of coloured oil varnish on the bowl.
  • More easily obtained, plainer and easily worked cuts of wood for ribs.
  • No rib spacers.

Subject to availability and suitability such things as the woods used, colour of varnish etc. are open to discussion when ordering. Naturally, the set-up of the lute is also open to discussion should you have any special requirements.

At both ends of the price scale our building practices are equally guided by a commitment to producing instruments that function well, sound well and have a pleasing historical appearance. In order to fulfil this commitment we do the following:

  1. We spend no less time on the action, string-spacing, functionality of pegs etc. of our low cost instruments than on our more expensive ones. Lutes are for playing after all!
  2. We only ever use fine grade alpine spruce for soundboards and always hand plane to thickness, tap-tune and bar appropriately. Also, natural hide glues are used exclusively throughout the entire building process.
  3. Even at the starting price a fully carved and finished historical rose, hand carved pegs (if appropriate of course) and a fully carved bridge are always provided. These features are finished to the same standard as we would finish them on all of our instruments. To further maintain an appealing historical appearance coloured oil varnish is offered as standard.

The reason for not making these compromises at the lower end of the price scale is because we wish to provide an instrument that will effectively maintain the continued enjoyment, enthusiasm and progress of the player or learner. We know of no better way to achieve this than by making instruments that play well, sound well and resemble in appearance those built by the old masters (we hope).

The images below show some details of a recently completed seven-course lute after Gerle (2014) that is representative of the lutes offered at the basic price:

Lutes with decorative extras will naturally be more expensive. The exact price of the instrument is best arrived at in discussion with the maker. A by no means exhaustive list of costly extras would include such things as:

  • a more elaborate rose design
  • neck and peg-box veneers
  • lines
  • pips or rings on tuning pegs
  • rib spacers
  • elaborately carved pegs
  • choice cuts of wood e.g. select cuts of English yew, exotic hardwoods etc.

Details for 13crs lutes

Given the added complexity of having thirteen courses with a bass rider the basic price listed above has to increase by a greater increment than between any of the other instruments currently listed. This price increment also reflects the fact that we do not offer 13crs lutes without edge binding and an ebony fingerboard with points. Apart from these exceptions the building philosophy and practices detailed in the 6-11crs section above apply just the same.