Musical Instrument Price List
|11 courses Simple||£4060|
|11 courses Decorated||£4385|
Baroque Lutes with more courses, viheula, early guitars can all be made as custom made instruments.
Custom Made Instruments - examples are shown on the Custom Made Instruments Webpage
|I have made many types of musical instrument, classical, electric and steel string guitars, Appalachian dulcimer, octave mandola, psalteries, hammered dulcimer, santur (Persian Hammered dulcimer), Aeolian Harp and more that I can't remember. Prices for these projects vary, but a few guide prices (without cases) are below.|
|Aeolian harp from £650|
|Octave Mandola from £1750|
|Appalchian dulcimer £800, includes excellent quality planetary geared tuning machines.|
|Custom Acoustic Guitars, from £3500|
The Right Honourable Ferdinando, Earl of Derby, His Galliard by John Dowland and played by Frances Lickerish on a lute I made in 2006.
Crux Catalyst A modern lute piece written and performed by Antony Lamb and Lief Keane in 1998 and played on a lute I made in 1993. The piece is 11 minutes long and full of electronic trickery, but the only instrument heard is my lute.
I have been making lutes since 1974 and I like to make them as if I were in the lute making environment of the 16th to 18th centuries. I use good quality materials, hide glue and have studied the old instruments. I do not copy existing old lutes but attempt to build instruments which might well have existed and are useful to modern players.
|Planing lute ribs Photo by Tim Motion for an article in Country Living magazine - 1990|
Lutes, and any other instrument, from my workshop can be made entirely to customers specification. One of the pleasures of having a musical instrument made this way is that many choices are left to the player - tone, woods used, string length, string tension, use of gut or nylon strings, width of the nut, rose design, decoration. The most useful instruments originate from a working partnership between the player and maker.
Soundboards (tops) are made from best quality 'Swiss Pine' (Picea abies). In my opinion, this is the only wood which works for lutes. The tree grows all over Europe, but only in certain localities can it be harvested for musical instrument making. Plantations in the Alps have been in existence for centuries and it is reported that these plantations are being well managed.
For the remainder of the lute, I use native English timber; sycamore, maple, cherry, walnut, ash, apple, pear, plum etc. They are all beautiful woods, relatively inexpensive and locally available. I air dry these woods myself, exactly as the old lute makers would have done.
I don't use much exotic timber (tropical hardwoods). I do not intend to buy any ebony until the source of the timber can be shown to be acceptable by the Forest Stewardship Council. I have enough ebony for three or four fingerboards and will reserve this for professionals. I have more rosewood, enough for quite a few fingerboards and one baroque lute. It seems that rosewood is more scarce than endangered and good Indian rosewood is still available from Indian government auctions. There is no ivory, whalebone or Brazilian rosewood in my instruments, though I did recently use some very old ivory (obtained from a harpsichord restorer) for restoring an English Guittar.
Some of my recent lutes have had a finger boards of Irish bog oak, very black, very hard and nearly 10,000 years old.
In short, my instruments are authentically and responsibly constructed, and very playable.
If you are interested in purchasing one of my lutes, please email or phone:
At the moment the waiting list is about fourteen months and I ask a non-refundable deposit of about 15% to confirm an order.