About JM

I have been making and playing lutes ever since I  made my first one and became bewitched first listening to Julian Breams 'Woods so Wild' album and Anthony Rooley on TV playing a 10crs lute on a programme about the heart. I made my first lute at school in Etwall Derbyshire, with help from a lute maker and teachers. After a degree in furniture design and a brief career in contemporary design I then started making lutes again using redundancy money to buy wood, tools and machines and making full time since 2005.

A decade later the student lutes range has proved popular and is somewhat flattering to see others also making the Hans Frei model I've simplified, or at least now doing a student lute model of their own to help get people on the lute-ladder. I chose as the archetypal lute, original rose which is hand carved and at an affordable price, inspired by the EMS philosophy of making instruments affordable, including me when I bought my first lute in the mid 90's. As a result of the student lute range I hope more will be encouraged to stick with the instrument as therefore helping with the lute societies across the world to play the music to a wider audience. The affordable price is partially due to less expensive woods and a simpler design but mostly due to working at a lower rate of pay so the instrument is not made in haste, as it would have to be in a factory. The savings made can be spent on facsimiles/lute society editions/lute tutor books or to pay for lute lessons from a lute/guitar teacher.

Most customers prefer to customise their instruments to make them unique choosing from the decorative extras and other adjustments. New instruments have been created to encourage using the lute in new areas of music and society including the affordable folding theorbo(2012), the electric lute for a rock guitarist (2010), children's lute (2011), student Romantic Guitar (2012),various student instruments for music students and universities and stock ready to hire or buy. The electric lute and and student mandora/gallichon (2014) have all the good qualities of traditional lute construction including the octave stringing but tuned like the guitar, or the same intervals. Earlier models such as the Wandervogels and bohemian lute guitars tend to be much heavier to handle thus the earlier mandora/gallichon is lighter to hold but is easier for a guitarist to play. Also for guitar players who like the lute look and the unique sound but prefer to play from staff notation transcriptions then a 7crs mandora/gallichon is another good choice, you can hear it being played here click!

If you can't afford to buy one then hire one at £35 per month, especially useful if your a guitarist who wants to try/experiment with a new sound for a track, or two!