1)     11-course lute after Hans Frei (Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum C34).

11 ribs of figured sycamore, plum, yew or pear. Ebony or African blackwood fingerboard with fingerboard points. Ebony half edging. The neck can be either veneer with ebony or solid figured fruitwood.

String length: 67 cm.

With solid neck and pegbox : €4470  

With (ebony) veneered neck and pegbox :€4885


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2)     11-course lute after Hans Frei (Warwick County Museum Nr. 162).

11 ribs of figured sycamore, plum, yew or pear. Ebony or African blackwood fingerboard with fingerboard points. Ebony half edging. The neck can be either veneer with ebony or solid figured fruitwood.

String length: 69.5 cm.

With solid neck and pegbox : €4620

With (ebony) veneered neck and pegbox :€5035.


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3)      11-course lute after Laux Maler  (Nürnberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum MI54)

A similar instrument to No. 2 above  with a shallower body that might be more comfortable to hold for some players.

9 ribs of figured sycamore, plum, yew or pear. Ebony or African blackwood fingerboard with fingerboard points. Ebony half edging. The neck can be either veneer with ebony or solid figured fruitwood.

String length: 68 cm.

With solid neck and pegbox : €4620

With (ebony) veneered neck and pegbox :€5035.

11-course lutes

'Swan neck' 13-course lutes

13-course lutes (bass rider)



1)     13-course lute after Hans Frei (Warwick County Museum Nr. 162).

11 ribs of figured sycamore, plum, yew or pear. Ebony or African blackwood fingerboard with fingerboard points. Ebony half edging. The neck can be either veneer with ebony or solid figured fruitwood.

String length: 69.5 - 75cm.

With solid neck and pegbox : €5020

With (ebony) veneered neck and pegbox :€5435.


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1)     13-course lute after J.C. Hoffmann 1730  (Brussels Musical Instruments Museum No. 3188).

11 ribs of figured sycamore, plum, yew or pear. Ebony or African blackwood fingerboard with fingerboard points. Ebony half edging. The neck can be either veneer with ebony or solid figured fruitwood.

String length: 69.5 - 75cm.

With solid neck and pegbox : €5020

With (ebony) veneered neck and pegbox :€5435.

At the beginning of the XVIII Century, German and Bohemian composers began creating a rich corpus of music for the 13-course lute that became one of the most idiomatic ever written for the instrument. Although the great Sylvius Leopold Weiss is the most known and probably the best composer for this kind of lute, we must not forget that excellent music by other less known composers exist in quite a great quantity.  


The Hoffmann lute currently offered was originally built as a 13-course instrument. The Frei was originally built, with all probability, as a 6-course lute and then converted into a 11-course. In the XVIII Century, many 11-course lutes were reconverted into 13-course instruments by adding a bass rider in order to accommodate the two extra courses. This means that some lutes were in use for more than 200 years!



After J.C. Hoffmann 1730  (Brussels Musical Instruments Museum No. 3188).


€6100.

The pictures above are from the original 11-course lute by Hans Frei at the Warwick County Museum. Pictures of my own instruments will be posted here soon.