Arthur Robb
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Musical Instruments for Sale

These instruments are available now! If you would like to play any of them please contact me for an appointment. Instruments with rosewood and ebony may require a CITIES export certificate if shipped outside the EU. All the instruments here would be granted the certificate.


Test Lute Test Lute

Mounted inside this lute is a high quality lapel mic, the DPA 4061. The DPA 4061 is small but powerful and amplifies sound very accurately. It is used on stage and television to amplify instruments and voice.

Test Lute Test Lute

The lute looks and plays like an ordinary lute as the added equipment weighs very little. Access for fitting the microphone and pre-amplifier is through a hatch cut in the body.

Test Lute Test Lute Test Lute

The hatch cover in place, the hatch cover removed showing the pre-amp attached and the mic held by a special DPA clip.

Test Lute

The lute has been in my workshop for years. All the pegs have been replaced with simple plum pegs. The width at the nut is too large and I used a modern string spacing which does not quite fill the entire width of the new bone nut.

Test Lute

The lute comes with a fibre case suitable for keeping the rain off, but not good enough for shipping. I have a wooden crate that will do that job.

I built this lute, my second, while attending a class run by Charles Ford in 1976. The plan reflected current lute building ideas many of which have been superseded and I never attempted to sell it. In 2014, Lynda Sayce asked me to make an amplified lute for her. My second lute became the test bed for trying various equipment. I removed the soundboard and re-barred it, also repairing cracks and cutting the hatch opening while the instrument was open. In the end it played very well with the DPA 4061, new pegs and a modified nut.

The DPA 4061 requires 'phantom voltage'. This is electricity supplied to the microphone to make it work. Some amplifiers and mixing desks supply phantom voltage, others do not. it is possible to purchase small pre-amplifiers that will supply phantom voltage if necessary.

The string length is 625mm and it is made of 11 maple ribs. The fingerboard is ebony. New pegs are plum. The bone nut width is 74mm and the eight courses span over about 62mm of the nut. The string spacing at the bridge is 83mm. The weight is 1.65kg.

The full description of this lute and its role as a test lute can be found on this website at:
Lute Amplification

Full details of the DPA 4061 are at:
DPA 4061


1838 Louis Panormo £4000

1838 Panormo 1838 Panormo

A 179 year old Louis Panormo guitar recently restored in my workshop is now for sale. The price includes a slightly large good quality wooden case (not the original coffin case) and the guitar can be shipped worldwide.

1838 Panormo 1838 Panormo
1838 Panormo 1838 Panormo
1838 Panormo 1838 Panormo 1838 Panormo
1838 Panormo

The guitar has been restored to playing condition. It has many blemishes, but none affect the guitar's playability. The guitar is slightly deeper than many and has a full rich tone. Strung with Savarez low tension White Card strings, it plays very easily. The full description of the restoration can be found at:
1838 Restoration

String length: 633 mm
Overall Length: 939mm
Width of upper bout: 231 mm
Width at waist: 178 mm
Width at lower bout: 289 mm
Height at upper bout: 95 mm
Height at lower bout: 100 mm
Nut width: 46.5 mm
Distance between 12 fret and 1st string: 2.1 mm
Distance between 12 fret and 6th string: 2.2 mm
Weight: 1.25 k



8 course lute 8 course lute

An 8 course Renaissance lute started in 2013 is now available. With a string length of 600mm, it is tuned to g and is strung with Kürschner strings. The 13 rib body is English figured sycamore, the fingerboard and soundboard edging are Indian rosewood, the neck, English cherry, the bridge Swiss pear and the pegs Gloucestershire plum. The soundboard is Swiss pine (picea abies).

8 course lute 8 course lute 8 course lute
8 course lute 8 course lute 8 course lute

The height of the strings measured from the bottom of the string to the top of the 8th fret is 2.5mm for the 1st course and 2.9mm for the 8th course. The lute plays easily with excellent tone and projection.

Price of £3000 includes a new blue Kingham (made to measure) case. It can be shipped worldwide.


Already sold from this page

2004 small steel string guitar - on the way to a home in Wiltshire
1960 Hofner Club 50 - on the way to Edinburgh
1978 John Gorrett 10 Course Lute - in Japan
1849 Louis Panormo - in California
Early 19th century guitar by an unknown maker - in Austria
2005 10 Course Lute by Arthur Robb - in Washington, D.C.
1980 7 Course Lute by Robert Shreiner - in Norway
1978 10 course Lute by Fleeson- in Stroud, Glos.
1998 10 course Lute by myself - in Kiel
1829 Louis Panormo - in Madrid
Late 18th century Longman & Broderip English guittar - in Norway
1989 Linklater 7 course lute - in Birmingham
1973 Eight Course lute by Michael Sprake - in Denmark
1827 Louis Panormo Fecit - in Wittenberg, Germany
17 inch Apple iMac late 2006 - in Exeter
Imperial Boosey and Hawkes flugalhorn - in New South Wales
Rose Morris trombone - outside Swindon, Wiltshire
Brian Knowles Lute - in Belgium
1996 Refig 7 course lute - in Montreal, Canada
1836 Louis Panormo - in Glastonbury
1849 Louis Panormo guitar - in Northumberland
Henry Holmes 1969 10 course lute - in Southampton
Carson Crickmore 00 acoustic guitar - in Cornwall
1833 Louis Panormo guitar - in Denmark
2000 Arthur Robb 10 course lute - in Denmark
Charles Ford Renaissance Lute - in Japan
Aria Maestro Guitar - in south Wiltshire
Persian Santur - in Lisbon
Baroque Lute - in Japan
Five String Banjo - in the north of England
Inexpensive Violin and Case - in south Gloucestershire