13-course Baroque lute after Frei

13-course Baroque lute after Frei, 1998 by BC luthier Clive Titmuss.

String length 660/715 mm. Brazilian rosewood body, pegbox and neck veneer, fingerboard; Englemann spruce soundboard with Italianate triple rose; triple laminated pegbox (rosewood, holly, rosewood); pear wood bridge; ivory buttons and head nut. Perfect action, easy-to-turn Tielke-style plum pegs.

In the early 1700s many valuable older lutes were converted to multi-course instruments, replacing the neck, pegbox and soundboard. There is a small-body renovated Frei in Vienna from which I modelled this one. It has the pungency and ease of play of the classic Renaissance lutes, but is expanded for later music.  This clever design makes the music of Weiss, Bach, Lauffensteiner, Reusner, Bittner, Falckenhagen et al. easier to render with clarity.

Includes a heavy-duty case.


May be shipped to any location in Canada for pick up in about 3 business days.

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All instruments built by Clive Titmuss come with custom-fitted cases.
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