Lutes for Sale, Wanted, or Stolen

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Theorbo built by Michael Schreiner (Toronto) 1998 # 542 , after Kaiser.

August 28, 2008


85 cm/ 165 cm string lengths.
27-ribbed Indian Rosewood back.
Triple Rose (inset rose, from an older top).
Black Kingham case.
A similar instrument is pictured here:
This instrument was stolen off a NJTransit train at Metropark, NJ (NEC 3801) on August 27 2008.
Please contact with any information.

New Jersey, United States
CONTACT theorboy [at] 1.917.921.0526

The 26th of june-01, a theorbo was stolen in Barcelona, Spain

June 30, 2001


Triple rose ( see the pictures ), and, looking through them, the inside label reads : ” JAUME BOSSER – OCTUBRE 2000″.
Total length: 1m55 about.
Back made of 13 ribs of stained ash with rosewood strips between.
14 strings and 16 pegs .
With its black hardcase.

Still missing September 2020

Barcelona, Spain
CONTACT If you ever find it please contact urgently with JAUME BOSSER - tel. 34-93-8080200, mobile ++34 - 646 187157

Beginners’ 6, 7 or 8 course lute

April 21, 2024


I’m attending the Cleveland Lutefest in June 2024 from the UK, flight tickets already booked with British Airways (though it seems the flights will be American Airlines). I’ve since been looking into bringing a lute over … seemingly BA policy doesn’t allow it go hand luggage, it needs to go in the hold or in a very expensive additional seat – so either very risky or very pricey. I don’t much fancy taking my Luke Emmett 8 course on several flights, at the mercy of the fabled Heathrow baggage handlers both ways, through US customs at JFK etc.

I was wondering if anyone might have a modestly priced lute sitting unused (perhaps a Roosebeck or some such) that I could purchase and have sent to Cleveland?

Please contact montesquieu61 [at] googlemail [dot] com

United States
CONTACT montesquieu61 [at] googlemail [dot] com

Rental Lutes for the LSA

August 26, 2023


The Lute Rental Program Needs More Lutes!

The Lute Rental Program frequently has applicants waiting, but not enough lutes for them all. We have a crying need for 8-course Renaissance lutes in G, i.e. with a string length of 62 cm or less. Please—if you’re not using your old student lute, we have somebody who wants to rent it! Don’t worry about its worn strings and loose frets–we’ll take care of that.

Interest in the baroque lute is also growing fast. With renters often waiting for 11-course and 13-course lutes, we would be very grateful for more such donations. And there are always waiting lists for archlutes and theorbos.

The Lute Rental Program gladly welcomes donations of lutes of all other types, also baroque and Renaissance guitars, vihuelas, colasciones, citterns–all early plucked-string instruments. Your donation will be recognized on our website, and with a plaque affixed to the lute’s case. The LSA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, authorized to acknowledge your donation for tax purposes. The Lute Rental Program is also grateful for your legacy donation, if you wish to remember us in you will.

If you wish to donate an instrument, or money to buy one, please contact the Lute Rental Program Director.


For information on renting an instrument, please see the Lute Rental Program web page.


Wanted: 14 Course Archlute, 10 Course Renaissance Lute

October 20, 2022


Wanted for purchase:
14 course archlute (larger size, in the 60 & 140s cm string length), used or new, with no repairs needed. Single strung preferred.
10 course renaissance lute used or new, with no repairs needed.
If you have such an instrument, I would appreciate sound samples and then might arrange to try the instrument in person before deciding to purchase.

United States
CONTACT Julian Kwasniewski, trad.lute (at) -- I'll probably be in Michigan, Virginia, or Nebraska.
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