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.
Cases are not included in these prices and can be ordered separately.
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For details of the specific instrument models offered under each category please go to the catalogue.
For 6-11crs lutes you can expect the following at the basic prices listed above (for 13crs baroque lutes see section below):
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:
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:
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.