Lutes for Sale, Wanted, or Stolen

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Viola da Mano after Raimondi’s Engraving Tuned in G

February 25, 2021

For Sale

Back and sides Spanish cedar, 30 year old Engelmann top, 57 cm mensur with Nylgut strings, gut frets, walnut neck + pegbox, snakewood/boxwood/ebony fretboard, cocobolo pegs.

Great bright tone, just-right action, comes with a hard case. Alan Arthur Suits ,builder, Dec. 2020

USD 3,800 + shipping at cost
Santa Fe, NM, United States

Vihuela Tuned in G

February 25, 2021

For Sale

Figured maple sides, flamed maple, Indian rosewood, boxwood, pear back laminated on Spanish cedar, maple/ebony/Spanish cedar/cherry neck, boxwood pegs,30 year old Engelmann top. Snakewood, ebony and boxwood fretboard. Lovely sound and just-right action. Alan Arthur Suits, builder in Santa Fe, New Mexico, January 2021. With a Gator ¾ hard case. 59 cm mensur

USD 3,500 + shipping at cost
Santa Fe, NM, United States

Vihuela in Figured Walnut Tuned in G

February 25, 2021

For Sale

With a red cedar top, 58.5 mensur with Nylgut strings, gut frets.

Great sound and volume in all ranges, just-right action. Comes with a Gator ¾ hard case. Alan Arthur Suits, builder

USD 3,200 + shipping
Santa Fe, NM, United States

14-course folding theorbo after Buchenberg

February 5, 2021

For Sale

(95.5 and 170cm) built by Lauri Niskanen (2016). Back made with 41 stripes of ipe. Very loud and outgoing continuo instrument with a noble sound.
Folds into 137.5cm, making it perfect for travel. Comes with a short IKA flight case.
Shipping possible upon request.

EUR 5,500 (asking)
Den Haag, Netherlands
CONTACT email me at

11 course lute with custom case Lute in excellent condition

February 5, 2021

For Sale

I can say now that it was made by a Dutch luthier called Bosch in the late 1980’s to an anonymous copy of a Renaissance lute that was transformed into an 11-course baroque lute. I have restrung it with nylgut and gut strings made by Point d’Accroche in Paris

Mensura is 647 mm

EUR 2,000 + shipping
Madrid, Spain
CONTACT email: phone: 627750834

14 course archlute by Maurice Ottiger

February 2, 2021

For Sale

String length 63cm/94,5cm (7+7, single strung extension)
Back of flamed maple.
Very light weight with an extremely powerful sound,
a rather modern style, high quality instrument.
Perfect condition, with velvet lined deluxe Kingham case.

EUR 5,000
Basel or Geneva, Switzerland

7 Course Renaissance G Lute

January 14, 2021

For Sale

Lute Description:
1990 – Arthur Robb (
Made of Apple and Pear wood.
String Length approximately 61 cm
Action is approximately 2mm at the 1st string and 4.5 mm at the 7th course
Non wound strings are nylgut
In good shape, one minor crack below the bridge, there before I purchased it. Two areas have some nicks, seen in the photos, very minor.
Black polyethylene with 5 locking snaps, showing some wear, but in good shape overall. Can fit in an overhead compartment on a plane.
My past history with the lute:
2nd owner. Purchased originally in 2015, outside of Austin, TX. Comes with the original case. Humidity pack used due to TX weather. Played for 2 years before transitioning to a baroque lute.
I can send video or more photos as requested.

USD 2,000 + shipping
Austin, TX, United States

Luth Dore Baron model 13c Baroque Lute

January 10, 2021

For Sale

13c Baroque lute in excellent condition. For a Luth Dore this lute has an excellent sound and projects. Currently strung in nylgut. Comes with a case and a peg turner, as the pegs can be tight at times. There is a very small, barely noticeable, and completely insignificant crack in the rose about 1 cm long. This has no effect on the sound and is not noticeable unless you really look for it.

USD 2,000 not including shipping
NJ, United States

7 course renaissance lute by Mel Wong

January 9, 2021

For Sale

This is a smaller 7 c instrument made by Mel Wong (label says Blackbird San Francisco, no date) with string length of 59.8 cm that is happiest as an a’ lute at A=415 but could be strung in g’ at A=440. Bowl is made of gautambu, a dense Brazilian hardwood with properties similar to rosewood. Currently strung in gut except a nylon chanterelle and one broken string replaced with nylgut, it has a clear bell-like tone in the upper registers. Wonderful for Francesco, etc. Selling to “thin the herd” – just not playing this one enough. Comes with an older style robust hard case.

USD 2,200 + shipping
CT, United States