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1)     11-course lute after Hans Frei (Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum C34).

11 ribs of figured sycamore, plum, yew* or pear. Ebony or African blackwood fingerboard with fingerboard points. Ebony half edging. The neck can be either veneer with ebony or solid figured fruitwood.

String length: 67 cm.

With solid neck and pegbox : €4650  

With (ebony) veneered neck and pegbox :€4930


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2)     11-course lute after Hans Frei (Warwick County Museum Nr. 162).

11 ribs of figured sycamore, plum, yew* or pear. Ebony or African blackwood fingerboard with fingerboard points. Ebony half edging. The neck can be either veneer with ebony or solid figured fruitwood.

String length: 69.5 cm.

With solid neck and pegbox : €4750

With (ebony) veneered neck and pegbox :€5035.


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3)      11-course lute after Laux Maler  (Nürnberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum MI54)

A similar instrument to No. 2 above  with a shallower body that might be more comfortable to hold for some players.

9 ribs of figured sycamore, plum, yew* or pear. Ebony or African blackwood fingerboard with fingerboard points. Ebony half edging. The neck can be either veneer with ebony or solid figured fruitwood.

String length: 68 cm.

With solid neck and pegbox : €4750

With (ebony) veneered neck and pegbox :€5035.



*Due to the scarcity and high cost of yew wood suitable for lute ribs, instruments made with this timber will have a €230 increase over the prices quoted above.

'Swan neck' 13-course lutes

13-course lutes (bass rider)



1)     13-course lute after Hans Frei (Warwick County Museum Nr. 162).

11 ribs of figured sycamore, plum, yew* or pear. Ebony or African blackwood fingerboard with fingerboard points. Ebony half edging. The neck can be either veneer with ebony or solid figured fruitwood.

String length: 69.5 - 75cm.

With solid neck and pegbox : €5120

With (ebony) veneered neck and pegbox :€5475.


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1)     13-course lute after J.C. Hoffmann 1730  (Brussels Musical Instruments Museum No. 3188).

11 ribs of figured sycamore, plum, yew* or pear. Ebony or African blackwood fingerboard with fingerboard points. Ebony half edging. The neck can be either veneer with ebony or solid figured fruitwood.

String length: 69.5 - 75cm.

With solid neck and pegbox : €5120

With (ebony) veneered neck and pegbox :€5475.



*Due to the scarcity and high cost of yew wood suitable for lute ribs, instruments made with this timber will have a €230 increase over the prices quoted above.

In the early XVIII century, German and Bohemian composers began to create a rich body of music for the 13-course lute that became one of the most idiomatic ever written for the instrument. Although the great Sylvius Leopold Weiss is the best known and probably the best composer for this type of lute, we must not forget that there is also excellent music in large numbers by other, lesser known composers.


The Hoffmann lute offered here was originally built as a 13-course instrument. The Frei was almost certainly originally built as a 6-course lute and then converted into an 11-course instrument. In the XVIII century, many 11-course lutes were reconverted into 13-course instruments by adding a bass rider to accommodate the two additional courses. This means that some lutes were in use for more than 200 years!

A recently built Warwick Frei 13-course lute with bass rider

13-course Warwick Frei
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An  example of the Hans Frei above (No.1 ) built as a 10-course instrument.

11-course lutes

After J.C. Hoffmann 1730  (Brussels Musical Instruments Museum No. 3188).


€6100.