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A tidy 7 course Renaissance lute by the Canadian luthier Robert Schreiner, made in 1980. The string length is 594mm, weight 570 grams. It is tuned to g' and strung with Kurschner strings. The 9 rib body is made of alternate ribs of European maple and American cherry, the fingerboard and pegs (which work very well) are Indian rosewood, the bridge (which is new) pear.
The lute had been converted to a 6 course 'practice' lute with all courses doubled. The original holes in the bridge were filled and new holes drilled for the twelve strings. The strings did not follow the edge of the fingerboard. I decided to remove the bridge and make and fit a new one with the original string spacing.
This is a lute made early in Robert Shreiner's career and I think it was made as a student lute. The simple rose and abbreviated bridge indicate this. The lute plays easily with a good tone and would be an excellent introductory instrument.
The distance between the bottom of the first string and the top of the 8th fret is 3.5mm. The width of the nut is, as shown, 51mm and the lute would suit small hands.
Price of £800 includes a hand made case. It can be shipped worldwide.
A new 8 course Renaissance lute with string length of 600mm, tuned to g and strung with Kurschner strings. The 13 rib body is figured sycamore, the fingerboard and soundboard edging are Indian rosewood, the bridge plum and the pegs pear. The soundboard is Swiss pine (picea abies).
Price of £3500 includes a new blue Kingham (made to measure) case. It can be shipped worldwide.
A previously owned ten course Renaissance lute. String length 600mm with a body of English cherry with black lines, Swiss pine soundboard, rosewood finger board, pear bridge and plum pegs.
The nut overhangs the edge of the neck by a few millimetres to keep the neck slimmer. The ruler shows dimensions of the string spacing. The string spacing across the all ten courses on the bridge is 117mm.
Price of £2000 includes a new blue Kingham (made to measure) case. It can be shipped worldwide.