- After Hans Frei  (Warwick County Museum)

String lenght: 69-70 cm

from €4570

11-course lutes

One of the oldest surviving lutes in existence. Originally a 6-course instrument that was converted onto its present state as a 11-course at sometime in the XVII Century. These 'Bologna School' lutes were very much sough after by the French lutenists of the XVII Century for conversion into 11-course instruments. A very fine and elegant intrument with a full resonant sound videally suited for the French Early Baroque repertoire.

'Swam neck' 13-course lutes

13-course lutes



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

String lenght: 71.5 cm

from €4660



- After Hans Frei  (Warwick County Museum)

String lenght: 69-70 cm

from €4570

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)

String lenght: 72 cm

from €5075

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.