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RosetteThe baroque lute is characterized by the d-minor tuning: ADFadf, with a number of diatonic diapason (open, tuned in octaves) bass strings. These instruments generally have longer necks (around 5 cm, or 2 inches) to accomodate the lower note of the top string, and this gives the instrument a generally deeper, richer sound in the bass. While this longer string length might seem to create problems in stretching for small hands, the style of writing relies heavily on open strings and rarely calls for stretches. These are pretty drastically different instruments from the Renaissance and represent a new style of technique for the player.

 


 



Triple Swan neck, 13-Course Baroque Lute

15 Course

13C1

15 Coure

13C2

15 Course

13C3

15 Course

13C4

15 Course

13C5

15 Course

13C6

 

This 15 course baroque lute was specially built for John Schneiderman. Click on the images to get another window with a larger view.

15 Course

15C1

15 Coure

15C2

15 Course

15C3

15 Course

15C4

15 Course

15C5

15 Course

15C6

 

14 Course Lute

This 14 course baroque lute was specially built for Yasunori Imamura. It can also be heard on Yasunori’s latest recording of Weiss: Lute Sonatas Vol 2 Click on the images to get another window with a larger view.

14 Course

14C1

14 Course

14C2

14 Course

14C3

14 Course

14C4

14 Course

14C5

14 Course

14C6

 

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11 Course Lutes.

This is the classic "French lute" of the 17th century: ideal for Dufaut, Gaultier, Mouton and Gallot It also works well for a number of German composers, including David Kellner, Esaias Reusner and J.G. Conradi.

Click on the following images below to get a larger version. Click on the following images below to get a larger version. It is my own design with a string length of 67.5 cm

11 Course

11C1

11 Course

11C5

11 Course

11C2

11 Course

11C3

11 Course

11C4

11 Course

11C6

Bridge

11C7

For some pictures of the construction of this lute see the bottom of the Construction Page.

13 Course Lutes.

This is the classic "German Baroque lute" of the 18th century, and represents the final stage in the lute's evolution. These come in two styles: those with a bent back peg box and bass rider and "theorboed" lutes with a neck extension (see picture to the left.)

Models offered:

11 or 13 Course lute after J. Tielke, Nurnberg Mus. 1696, 69 - 70cm Mensur    9 ribs only
Small 11 Course lute, after J. Tielke Frankfurt Mus. 65 - 67cm Mensur
13 Course lute, Shallow body own design after Dieffopruchar/Edlinger ca. 1600, 69 - 72cm Mensur 11 ribs only.

Click on the images below to get a larger version:

13C

BL1

13C

BL2

13C

BL3

Baroque Lute

BL4

13C

BL5

13C

BL6

13C

BL7

13C

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