JM Instruments makes lutes to buy now from stock, to hire, or custom ordered instruments. A wide variety of light-weight, finely carved, authentically constructed designs based on surviving instruments in museums, as opposed to the mass produced heavy oud-lutes. Visit and try instruments at this years Early Music Festival 2016, Blackheath London, with a Renaissance lute based on Hieber and an rare 11crs Swan-neck lute c1691 (MIR 899) on show. The student lutes, are made at a price to provide a lute-maker-made authentic, light and fine alternative to the many mass made factory lutes, the heavy oud-maker-made lutes, or saving you many hours/days making one. If you still are unable to afford even a factory made lute or theorbo then you can hire a finely made one here at £35 per month, see the student lutes page for the current list.

Popular examples include the 14crs student (folding) theorbo based on Sellas (Paris E.547), designed as an affordable solution to a necessary requirement, ordered and played by Richard Mackenzie, listen to it here, and buy his CD here. The second instrument below is a 10/11 crs lute based on Hans Frei (Vienna KHM C34) ordered by Alex McCartney, listen to it here, and a 10crs based on Burkholtzer ordered by several customers (Vienna KHM NE48) listen to it here. If you can't or don't want to wait for a custom made instrument then current lutes in stock are here.

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See the latest lutes to buy/hire and the gallery of custom-made lutes and original lutes in museums here.

Other lutes to buy include unique and niche instruments to encourage a broader exploration of the lute family's music and capabilities: The Electric Baroque lute (2010), the Student Romantic Terz guitar, made in 2013 for Jamie Akers, buy his new Romantic Guitar CD here. The Eco-friendly 7000 year old bog oak lute, the eco-alternative to ebony, played by K'antu Ensemble. The latest creation is the 7crs Student lute-guitar, light-weight, authentic construction, based on Maler (MI54). For specialist/limited repertoire lutenists there's the affordable student Mandora/Gallichon opening up a pleasant but forgotten repertoire. Finally the Student Quito Vihuela, made in 2015.

Tel: 01283734388 email: Sorry but the 6crs 'Childrens Lute' as seen on the stock page is now sold, but can be ordered and case prices are not included.