JM Instruments (estd. 2005) makes affordable yet custom made lutes in stock now (from £884!*) Phone: 01283734388 or info (at) Medieval Renaissance Student lutes Baroque Mandolino Mandora Theorboes, Chitarroni and Archlutes Romantic guitars

TN_Sellas_studentTheorbo_Frontincase.jpg TN_11CRS_FREI_MAPLE_FRONTEND.jpg TN_Burkholtzer_wholeside.jpgInstruments are based on specific originals and not like the heavier, mass produced cheaper lutes with inauthentic barring, plywood-soundboards, laser-burnt out or drilled out roses, and still claiming to be after Hans Frei or Edlinger ( hear a converted oud-lute) Choose from many woods, rose designs, decorative extras, and stringing. Previous orders include: the student 7crs Frei (2004) hear it here: 'Tales from Louvain' by Richard MacKenzie. More recently, a 13crs Maler/Elg, played by Jon Mendle here (starts at 19:40). The C19th Mandora with Schumanns' Kinderszenen c1838 played here by Chris Hirst .The Electric Lute (2010) played by Dr Dale Harris here.The cheapest lute is £884, commissioned by the National Trust for Knowle, played here.

The instruments pictured above are: the student Sellas theorbo, with an invisible/internal folding mechanism, hear here! (Also hear his student 7crs Frei lute, the 6crs Benedid guitar, and the 11crs student Frei lute in gut (played by Mihaly Benko). Secondly is the 10/11crs Hans Frei lute played by Alex McCartney. Also in single strung version. Lastly a 10crs Burkholtzer lute, for Rod Blocksidge, now converted to single strings, as is the 11/12crs Frei, and 8crs mandora. He also has a Lacote guitar.

See the surviving museum instruments here. Previous orders: a Terz guitar made for Jamie Akers (hear on his CD, track 5&6), the EMT lute , the Student Mandora, the 7crs Maler Lute-Guitar, the scaled-down student Quito Vihuela, the student 6 course Early Romantic guitar. See all lutes for sale now here. *All prices exlcude case.