Arthur Robb
Luthier
art@art-robb.co.uk
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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 will require a CITIES export certificate if shipped outside the EU. All the instruments here would be granted the certificate.

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2019 7 COURSE LUTE
BY ARTHUR ROBB
£2500

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A new 7 course Renaissance lute, with a string length of 600mm. It is tuned to g and is strung with Aquila Nylgut strings. The 13 rib body is Wiltshire cherry, the fingerboard is Wiltshire laburnum, the neck, English beech, the bridge Swiss pear and the pegs Gloucestershire plum. The soundboard is Swiss pine (picea abies). Because I have only used local and approved timbers a CITES import/export certificate will not be needed for this lute.

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The lute does not have a case and can be shipped worldwide.

Dimensions:
String lengt: 600mm
Overall Length: 690mm
Width of body: 305mm
Nut width: 58mm
Bridge string spacing:86.5mm
Distance between 8th fret and 1st string; 2.2mm
Distance between 8 fret and the 7th string; 2.3mm
Weight: 0.615g

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1980 7 COURSE LUTE
by Hans Jordan
£1200 o.n.o.

A lute made by Hans Jordan in Markneukirchen, Germany in 1980. The body has 27 nicely varnished figured maple ribs. The fingerboard is rosewood and there is a rosewood veneer (with lighter lines on the neck) and pegbox. There are seven courses and 14 pegs in the pegbox, with an unusual bone roller nut. The rose is very nicely carved.

The lute has a pleasant gentle tone and is easy to play. It comes with a tidy case and can be shipped worldwide

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7 course lute
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Dimensions:
String length: 600mm,
Overall Length: 735mm
Width of body: 304mm
Nut width: 76mm
Nut string spacing: 54mm
Bridge string spacing: 72mm
Distance between 8th fret and 1st string: 2.8mm
Distance between 8 fret and 7th string: 3.1mm
Weight: 0.94kg

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2018 8 COURSE AMPLIFIED LUTE
BY ARTHUR ROBB
£3750

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A 2018 8 course amplified Renaissance lute with a string length of 600mm. It is tuned to g and is strung with Kürschner strings. The 13 rib body is English cherry, the fingerboard and soundboard edging are African blackwood (CITES certified), the neck English cherry, the bridge Swiss pear and the pegs Gloucestershire plum. The soundboard is Swiss pine (picea abies).

This lute is amplified by an internal microphone. A very high quality lapel microphone, the DPA 4061 is fitted inside. Small and powerful, it amplifies sound very accurately and is widely used on stage, television and the music industry to amplify both instruments and voice. The lute looks, plays and feels like an ordinary lute as the added equipment weighs very little, about 40 grams. Access for fitting the microphone and pre-amplifier is through the hatch cut in the body and a small mini-XLR socket for the output signal.

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The lute plays easily with excellent tone and projection.

Price of £3750 includes a new Kingham (made to measure) case. It can be shipped worldwide.

Dimensions:
String lengt: 600mm
Overall Length: 683mm
Width of body: 300mm
Nut width: 65mm
Bridge string spacing: 101mm
Distance between 8th fret and 1st string; 2.3mm
Distance between 8 fret and the eighth string; 2.8mm
Weight: 0.675kg

DETAILS OF AMPLIFICATION

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A lute player wishing to use an amplified lute will need to know a bit about amplification and the associated jargon.

The DPA 4061 microphone fitted inside the lute is a very sophisticated and tiny microphone measuring about 4x8mm. It is attached inside the lute using a holder supplied by DPA. The microphone is connected a DPA electric circuit board which is attached inside the hatch. Everything is accessible for servicing.

The microphone and circuit board require a small amount of electricity to work. This is know as the 'Phantom Power'. Some mixing desks and pre-amps provide this. It can also come from small electric devices found on the internet. The socket on the lute is 'mini-XLR' which will probably need to be connected to an amplifier that uses an XLR input. Thus the lead required has mini-XLR at one end an XLR at the other. The lute comes with one of these leads.

For information about DPA microphones see: DPA Miniature Microphones

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2013 8 COURSE LUTE
BY ARTHUR ROBB
£3250

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An 8 course Renaissance lute, 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).

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8 course lute 8 course lute 8 course lute

The lute plays easily with excellent tone and projection.

Price of £3250 includes a new blue Kingham (made to measure) case. It can be shipped worldwide.

Dimensions:
String lengt: 600mm
Overall Length: 683mm
Width of body: 300mm
Nut width: 65mm
Bridge string spacing: 101mm
Distance between 8th fret and 1st string; 2.5mm
Distance between 8 fret and the eighth string; 2.9mm
Weight: 0.64kg

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1969 10 COURSE LUTE
by Henry Holmes
£900

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10 course lute 10 course lute
10 course lute

A 10 course lute by Henry Holmes of Sheffield tuned to f and strung with Kürschner strings. It has 11 beautiful ribs and the neck is veneered with the same wood. Though it predates much of the authenticity learned in the 70's, it is still a very serviceable lute. The first owner was Anthony Bailes.

Price of £900 includes a sturdy (and heavy) wooden case. It can be shipped worldwide.

Dimensions:
String length, courses 1 to 7: 620mm,
Course 8 755mm, course 9 795mm, course 10 834mm
Overall Length: 980mm
Width of body: 323mm
Nut width, courses 1 to 7: 57mm
Bridge string spacing: 110mm
Distance between 8th fret and 1st string; 3.3mm
Distance between 8 fret and seventh string; 3.4mm
Weight: 0.94kg
Weight of case: 8kg



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