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Lute

Es: Laúd, Vihuela de Flandes, Fr: Luth,  De:  Laute, Laouto, It: Lauto, Liuto, Pt: Alaude, Alaúde, Ar: Qobûz, al-`ūd, Ca: Llaüt, Cs: Loutna, Da: Lut, Eo: Liatos, Fi: Luuttu, Gl: Laúde, Hu: Lant, Fr: Laouto, Laghouto, La: Lauto, Nl: Luit, No: Lutt, Pl: Lutnia, Sv: Luta, Tr: Lavta
     
  Lute in the Cantigas de Santa Maria  
  Lute in the Cantigas de Santa Maria  

After the recorder the lute is probably the most well known of early musical instruments. It is immediately recognisable by its distinctive bowl shaped back, short neck and sharply angled-back head. Unlike the cittern, which is also a fretted instrument, the early lutes had catgut frets tied around the fingerboard. Like the rebec, it originated in the Middle East as an Arabic instrument (the "el-aoud"), but it features in European paintings and drawings as early as the 9th Century. It became popular right across Europe during the renaissance and by the 16th Century it was the most widely used instrument for accompanying church and secular (non-religious) music.

During the Renaissance the lute became the principal instrument for both secular and sacred music so much so that by the end of the 16th century there was an extensive lute repertoire in existence which reached its peak in the work of John Dowland (1563-1626).

The important makers of the late 16th and early 17th century worked in Italy and two of those most prominent were Giovanni Hieber of Venice and Wendelio Venere who lived in Padua during the second half of the 16th century.

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RWC Lute

  7 course lute  
  Venere 7 course finished Lute  

Our lutes are available in two sizes.

They are extremely light and resonant instruments with narrow necks . A close string spacing helps the playing of the more intricate passages.

Our 7 course lute is based on the work of Wendelio Venere. This lute has a 13 rib back with a slightly flattened curvature.

A rosewood fingerboard meets the Swiss pine sounboard with the inlay of two 'ears'.

Available in octave (g', d'd', aa, ff, cc, gG, dD) or unison (g', d'd', aa, ff, cc, GG, DD) tuning, the lute comes with a spare top string set.

The figured sycamore ribs can be inlayed with an ebony purfling or left plain according to choice.

The black inlay used for the edging and ribs of the instrument shown in the photograph is optional.

Our 8 course lute is based on the work of Giovanni Hieber.

This lute has a small well rounded body of 11 delicately figured sycamore ribs and rosewood fingerboard.

Available in octave (g', d'd', aa, ff, cc, gG, fF,dD) or unison (g', d'd', aa, ff, cc, GG, FF, DD) tuning, the lute comes with a spare top string set.

Each instrument is entirely hand built by 'in-house' experienced craftsmen to special order in our own workshops in Toledo (Spain) to the highest standard of craftsmanship. They come with 12 months warranty and 12 months free access to our 'helpline' for advice on setting up, playing and maintenance.

A soft padded bag and a simple hard case are available as optional extras.

 

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Lute Kit

  7 course lute  
  Venere 7 course finished Lute  

The same range of Lutes are offered in kit form for home assembly.

The price includes the license to build one instrument for private use and 12 months free access to our 'helpline' for advice on construction, setting up, playing and maintenance.

To ensure success, even for the first time builder, each kit includes:
A fully dimensioned life-size drawing and working template,
A manual with clear and concise step-by-step full assembly instructions.
A set of photographs illustrating further each stage.

An important feature of our lute kits is the inclusion of a mould to ensure success, even for the first time builder, so accurate assembly of the body can begin immediately.

The front is supplied thicknessed from centre jointed Swiss pine and the neck blank is sawn to fit the pre assembled pegbox which has the pegs fitted into taper reamed holes.

A rosewood fingerboard and bridge, an ebony nut and a set of nylon lute strings (tuned g', d'd', aa, ff, cc, gG, dD for the 7 course lute and g', d'd', aa, ff, cc, gG, fF,dD for the 8 course lute) complete these most popular kits.

In the 8 course lute kit, the 11 English sycamore ribs for the back are thicknessed and profiled.

In the 7 course lute kit the 13 English sycamore ribs for the back are thicknessed and ready for the builder to cut to the all important profile by following the templates given on the full size working drawing.

The manual clearly explains how to carve the rose.

The black inlay used for the edging and ribs of the instrument shown in the photograph is not included in the kit.

A simple hard case is available as an optional extra.

 

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Lute Technical Plan

  8 course lute  
  RWC Hieber 8 course Finished and Kit Lute  

You can make the same Lute from scratch, following detailed step-by-step instructions through the construction process in a clear and concise manner.

A fully dimensioned life-size drawing with templates and a set of photographs illustrate each stage.

The price includes the license to build one instrument for private use and 12 months free access to our 'helpline' for advice on construction, setting up, playing and maintenance.

This icon indicates that you can choose between the hard copy of the documents sent by postal mail, or the downloadable electronic files, in pdf format to your computer. In order to view and print the pdf files, you need the free 'Acrobat Reader' program installed in your computer. Life-size drawings require large printers. Electronic documents have a reduced price, don't have shipping costs, but are non-refundable.

 

 

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Lute Availability and delivery time

Not all of the items listed on our site are available immediately. Products without a reference nor a price are rarely available for quick dispatch. If you are interested in them, please contact us.

We publish standard availability, which means that this product usually ships in that time since it has been ordered. But at the specific time of your order, that interval can be longer or smaller depending on many production factors.  In addition, you still will have to wait for your product to arrive (delivery time). [More info about availability & delivery dates]

  Finished Instrument   Three months  
  Kit   Three weeks  
  Drawing   Three days  
 

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Price [1]

 
  Lute - Venere 7 Course
  Finished Instrument                
    Lute - Venere 7 Course   FLUV7   Finished   1070.60  RWC  
  Kit + drawing + instructions + license                
    Lute - Venere 7 Course   KLUV7   Kit   335.28  RWC  
  Drawing + instructions + license                
    Lute - Venere 7 Course   PLUV7   Plan   57.83  RWC  
  Accessories and Spares                
    Stringing set for 7 Course Venere Lute   SLUV7   Set      RWC  
                   
  Lute - Hieber 8 course
  Finished Instrument                
    Lute - Hieber 8 course   FLUH8   Finished   1082.51  RWC  
  Kit + drawing + instructions + license                
    Lute - Hieber 8 course   KLUH8   Kit   405.06  RWC  
  Drawing + instructions + license                
    Lute - Hieber 8 course   PLUH8   Plan   57.83  RWC  
  Accessories and Spares                
    Stringing set for 8 Course Hieber Lute   SLUH8   Set      RWC  
                   

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219.5
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126.2
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27.40
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