Hans Frei was one of the great instrument makers in Italy in the early 1500's. In his workshop in Bologna he helped to define the form of the lute. A testament to the enduring quality of his instruments is that no extant Frei lute remains in original condition. They have all been updated with the passage of time and the fashions of music with new necks to accommodate more strings and new tunings.
This model is based on an instrument by Hans Frei now in the Wein Kunsthistorisches Museum, no. C34. This model has been chosen because it is a very beautiful and comfortable form with a full, bright tone. It is an ideal lute for both beginners and experienced players.
The original instrument, in its present form, is an 11 course instrument for baroque tuning. This is a later adaptation of the instrument, which was probably made as a six course instrument. To supply the needs of a variety of players this instrument is offered as a six, seven, eight, and ten course renaissance lute as well as with the eleven course Baroque neck configuration.
This instrument is available as a basic model described below, or you can order it with the available optional features. The cost of the optional features are added to the basic instrument price.
Basic Lute Features:
- String length 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 course models - 63cm or 64cm
- Body length - 44cm
- Body width - 31cm
- Overall length - 74cm
- 11 rib cherry back
- Cherry wood neck
- Cherry fingerboard with rosewood edging
- Choice of ebony, boxwood or rosewood pegs
- AA Engleman spruce front at least twelve years old
- "A" pattern rose design
- Endpin to match pegs
- Bone nut
- Nylon strings with wound nylon basses
Instrument orders require a 30% deposit at checkout. When you go to the checkout process, the price of the instrument will be reduced to 30% of the cost and this will be charged to your card. The balance of the instrument will be due upon completion of the instrument. Please be advised that this is a non-refundable deposit. Please see the Terms of Sale page for complete details.
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.