JM Instruments is based in Hilton, Derbyshire (DE65 5AE) making affordable luthier-made customisable and stocked lutes, based on Frei, Burkholtzer, Tieffenbrucker, Hoffman and more.. Providing an alternative to cheaper or 'factory' made instruments with the same generic flat machine cut roses with no chamfering or carved out roped borders as offered here. Hiring a lute is an option too at just £35 per month.

Examples are: the student folding theorbo, based on Sellas (Paris E.547), with it's invisible folding mechanism (2013) for Richard Mackenzie, hear it here,. Then a 10/11 crs Hans Frei lute (Vienna KHM C34) for Alex McCartney, hear here. Then a 10crs Burkholtzer (KHM NE48) with yew multi ribs hear here. Current lutes in stock are here.

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See the lutes to hire here and the gallery of the original lutes in museums. Affordable yet specialist instruments include: The electric 19th century mandora!(2018) as featured in the Lute Society News. The Electric lute was created in 2010 for Dale Harris playing Vivaldi's largo here at a Lute society recital, and Bach on the lute.Then the student Terz guitar, was made for Jamie Akersheard here, track 5&6. Then the Eco-friendly 7000 year old bog oak lute was made, played here by the K'antu Ensemble. In 2014 the student Mandora/Gallichon was created, hear here. Next was the 7crs Student lute-guitar hear here with it's light lute construction but tuned as a guitar tuning in e (a=440Hz), and a familiar 65cm string length. Then the student Quito Marianita made in 2015 played by Richard MacKenzie here. Next year saw the Student 16&17crs Angelique/13crs Baroque lute for playing the Angelique repetoire as well as the 13crs. 2019 brings the student 6 course Spanish Classical/Early Romantic guitar as heard here Tel: 01283734388. Sorry but the 6crs 'Childrens Lute' as seen on the stock page is now sold. The case is not included in the prices quoted on here.