This instrument is modelled on an instrument made by Venere in 1596 in Bologna, Italy now in the Vienna museum, number C64. The original instrument has a string length of 64cm, but the design has been scaled down to 58cm for this reconstruction to make it more adaptable to modern playing techniques and pitch. The 58cm length makes it very easy to string with gut at the a-440 pitch and the gut top string is very durable at this length.
The adjusted body outline has been compared to another Venere lute in the Bologna collection that has a string length of 59cm to insure a consistent instrument style.
This shape has a slightly flattened back which brings the plane of the strings a little closer to the body, making it very comfortable to play. The sound is rich in overtones with a warm fundamental for a rich, bright and projective tone.
You can order the instrument package here in the web store. We do require a 30% deposit on instruments, and when you click the I UNDERSTAND THAT I AM PAYING FOR 30% OF THE TOTAL PAYMENT button the price will be reduced 70% so that you may check out with the 30% deposit. When we get the order in the office, we will be in contact with you with the specifics about when the instrument will be delivered. Instruments currently take eight to ten months for delivery and the balance of the payment will be payable upon completion of the instrument.
Venere model lute specifications:
- 58cm string length
- Overall length - 27"
- Body length - 17"
- Body Width - 12"
- Body depth - 5 1/2"
- String spacing between courses at bridge, (8 course), 10.1mm
- Spacing between strings in course at bridge, (8 course), 4.9mm
- String spacing between courses at nut, (8 course), 5.7mm
- Spacing between strings in course at nut, (8 course), 3.1
The Venere lute comes as a basic instrument with the features listed below, or, you can add custom features to it at additional charges. Choose from the drop-down lists to add the features you want on the instrument.
Basic model features:
- Back: Eleven figured ribs
- Neck: Cherry wood
- Head: Cherry wood
- Choice of ebony, rosewood or boxwood pegs
- Front: "AAA" Engelmann spruce
- Rose: Pattern "A"
- Fingerboard: Cherry with rosewood edges and points
- Nut: Bone
- End Button: to match pegs
- Strings: Nylon and fluorocarbon with wound nylon basses
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.