Lutes with "accords nouveaux" represented the latest evolution of the instrument and remained in use through the eighteenth century; at the time many of the Renaissance lutes were refitted and converted to the new musical needs of the day. Baroque lutes are available in eleven or thirteen courses with a bassrider and a treblerider or with a swan neck extension.
The radius of the keyboard can be customized, on request we can do carvings on the back of theneck extension, as well as inlays and decorations in fine woods.
Martin Hoffmann, 1692
Nurnberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum (MI245)
Inspired by one of the most famous original instruments from the Baroque period, this shell is distinguished by its large and powerful sound in all registers. This model can be equipped with a neck extension, in theGerman style (as on the original preserved in Nuremberg), as well as with a French style pegbox, with a bassrider and treblerider modeled after the lute by Johan Christian Hoffmann housed in Brussels.
String length of fretted strings: 71 cm
String length of drones, French style pegbox: 76 cm
String length of drones, German style neck extension: 109 cm
Hans Frei, ca 1530
Wien, Kunthistorisches Museum (C34)
Inspired by the smallest of the lutes by Hans Frei preserved in the Kunsthistorisches Muse of Vienna, this eleven rib shell is one of the most classic examples of the Bolognese school of the first half of the sixteenth century, following conversion to eleven course use. Its small size makes it convenient and easy to handle, suitable for lutes of eleven or thirteen courses with a French style pegbox.
String length of fretted strings: 70/72 cm
String length of drones, French style pegbox: 75/77 cm
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