11-course lute after Pietro Raillich, Venice 1640’s, 615 cm. string length.
Built in 1997 by BC luthier Clive Titmuss. 15 shaded-yew ribs with ebony fillets, gold-leafed Venetian-style tracery rose, ebony-veneered pearwood bridge, ebony fingerboard, boxwood pegs, chantarelle rider (a small offset peg for the top string), Florentine tracery pegbox decoration, Brazilian rosewood veneered neck, ivory buttons and nut.
A bright early baroque lute model with a shorter string length, whose unique sound is perfect for the Gaultiers, Dufaut, Mezangeau, et al. Traces on the original show that it was a ten course lute to which a new bridge and rider were added, right for the new transitional tunings then sweeping Europe. It could be equally well played in old tuning, transitional or d minor tuning, making a lot of repertoire available to the player from the lute’s golden age in the 17th C. Excellent playing condition. Plywood case.
A note to prospective US buyers: The border and customs regulations governing the importation of various species of rosewood have changed recently. The change allow for international travel by musicians, and for limited trade in CITES-restricted material, partly to allow US manufacturers to export guitars and travel with instruments as part of their work. US customers now have a chance, with the proper permits, to buy instruments incorporating those materials from outside the country, and once obtained, to allow for international travel with instruments. Permits may be obtained that allow for importation of custom instruments with CITES-restricted species (such as rosewoods) with proper documentation) : https://www.fws.gov/permits/ImportExport/ImportExport.html.
May be shipped to any location in Canada for pick up in 3-5 business days.
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All instruments built by Clive Titmuss come with custom-fitted cases.
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