The original instrument was made by Hans Burkholtzer in Füssen in 1596 and is now in the Vienna Kunsthisorisches Museum, item number SAM 44. It began life as a seven or eight-course instrument, and there is a label inside which indicates that by Thomas Edlinger of Prague converted it to eleven courses was in 1705. At some date after 1719 the bass rider was added by an unknown craftsman to make a thirteen-course instrument.
The original instrument was probably converted into an eleven-course lute sometime in the 17th century and then changed again into a thirteen-course lute in the 1720s. Therefore, we offer this instrument in both the eleven course and thirteen-course set-ups.
The back of the original instrument has twenty-one ribs with spacers. To provide a less expensive model, I have redesigned the body with eleven ribs. This version retains the unique flattened shape of the original form and therefore the characteristic deep and projective tone that makes this instrument such a popular choice for Baroque music.
The basic model features are:
- Courses: Eleven
- Back: Cherry wood with ebony spacers
- Front: AAA grade Englemann spruce
- Rose: copy of the original
- Front binding: Ebony with ebony / mother-of-pearl heart
- Neck: spruce core with ebony veneer
- Fingerboard: Ebony with points
- Head: Cherry wood with ebony back plate and maple treble rider
- Pegs: Choice of ebony, rosewood, boxwood, or mechanical PegHeds
- Strap button: to match pegs
- Nut: Bone
- Strings: Nylon and fluorocarbon with wound nylon basses
The 13 course version includes:
- Carved maple bass rider
Instrument package includes:
- One year membership in the Lute Society of America
- One year warranty
Shipping will be added on to the price of the instrument and calculated for the transit between Duluth, MN and your location. Packing and insurance will be added to the shipping charge.
Please see the Terms of Sale/Shipping page for more information about deposits, warranties and shipping..