JM Instruments is based in Hilton, Derbyshire (DE65 5AE) Tel: 01283734388. Makes affordable custom ordered lutes and guitars, and current lutes for sale, so avoiding long waiting lists. Lutes are based on extant instruments by Frei, Burkholtzer, Tieffenbrucker etc, with many woods, decorative extras and custom stringing sizes. Specialist lutes include the electric mandora (lute-guitar) as seen in the Lute Society News No 126, July 2018, hear it here, and lute for the National Trust at Knowle. Student lutes and guitars give an affordable alternative to cheaper online lutes with laser burnt-out un-chamfered roses and oud-like barring (hear a conversion of suchlike). The student theorbo, seen below, is based on Sellas (Paris E.547), made into a folding theorbo in 2013, with an invisible folding mechanism, can be heard here. Adjacent is a 10/11 crs Hans Frei lute, heard here. Lastly a 10crs Burkholtzer lute with yew multi ribs played here, and more featuring the 11crs Frei (C34) lute, 10crs Burkholtzer lute, 8crs mandora and Lacote guitar here.

TN_Sellas_studentTheorbo_Frontincase.jpg TN_11CRS_FREI_MAPLE_FRONTEND.jpg TN_Burkholtzer_wholeside.jpg

See some of the original lutes here as seen in museums. The electric baroque lute was created in 2010 for guitarist Dale Harris playing Vivaldi's largo and recently Van Halen on BaRock lute. The Student Terz guitar, was made for Jamie Akers, heard here: track 5&6. Then came the Eco-friendly lute, played here by the K'antu Ensemble. In 2014 the student Mandora/Gallichon was created,here first. Also newly discovered mandora manuscripts digitised here. Next year the 7crs Maler Lute-Guitar was created, tuned in e (a=440Hz) and 65cm string length.2015 saw the scaled-down student Quito Vihuela. 2016 saw the Student 16&17crs Angelique/13crs Baroque, 2019 brings the student 6 course Spanish Classical/Early Romantic guitar as heard here. Sorry but the 6crs 'Childrens Lute' is currently out of stock.Prices exlcude case.