JM Instruments is based in Hilton Derbyshire, contact on 01283734388 or email: info@jminstruments.com. JM instruments offers a wide variety of fine hand-made affordable and custom made instruments based on historical instruments in museums, and hand made in the UK. Currently to hire (£35 pcm):

5 crs Medieval Lute hear, 11crs baroque lute hear, 14 crs Theorbo hear, 7 crs Mandora/Gallichon hear, 8 crs Hieber lute hear

To help customers decide there are recordings on the instrument pages such as the popular Hans Frei C34 performed by talented lutenists like Richard Mackenzie and Alex McCartney. The savings made with the 'student range' could be spent on lessons with a lute or guitar teacher or facsimiles of manuscripts. For new or existing customers who already own other lutes but want to try or buy a lute of a specific period there is the student Mandora/Gallichon. Hear it being played by Richard at Greenwich EMF 2014 in a programme called Aristocratic Discourses click! featuring unheard repertoire! Richards first jminstruments lute was a Renaissance lute which can be heard here playing John Dowlands Solus cum sola. Richard will be performing at this years Greenwich EMF on the same renaissance lute (2004), playing renaissance and modern music.

Alex McCartney's has recently made a Cd of Mesangeau's lute music which is played on the 10/11crs Frei (C34), with a flamed maple back, neck and pegbox. It can be strung either as a Renaissance 10crs or a Baroque 11crs lutehear here!Also hear Alex McCartney play the Student Chitarrone based on Magno Tieffenbrucker, and the 10/11crs Frei at : Veterum Musica

JM Instruments has also created some new instruments such as Electric Baroque lute (2010), hear the lovely Fantasia for Ayrton Senna, composed by Dale Harris, on the electric Widhalm click!. Other new instruments are the student Romantic Terz guitar (2013), the Eco-friendly Bog oak lute. The affordable Folding Theorbo (2014) was made for Richard MacKenzie, strong and virtually invisible conversion, the strings regular only take a few minutes to bring to pitch after unfolding I've been told, the case is very similar size to a swan-neck lute perhaps even shallower in the neck area due to the extended neck folding backwards as opposed to forwards. Most customers are repeat customers, owning two or three instruments, here them on Renaissance FM click!. Also you can see the gallery of lutes at Pininterest . K'antu Ensemble performed on the unique Bog Oak lute and a 7crs Student lute at greenwich EMF 2014 Click!.

Please enjoy Rod Blocksidge's performances a 7 crs Mandora based on Frei Click! Rod was the first to order the Mandora. Mr Blocksidge also ordered a 10crs Burkholtzer (hear here!) and feels the Mandoras music is unappreciated. Furthermore to promote lute family and sustainable woods, a 6crs student lute was made from 7000 year old Bog Oak from East Anglia farmland and intended to be an ecological alternative to Ebony for fingerboards Another new instrument, the student romantic guitar based on a Terz in the Edinburgh Macaulay, collection (No. 298), can be heard: click!

Sorry but the 6crs 'Childrens Lute' as seen on the Stock page is now sold.

Click here to see the range available. The 14 course student theorbo based on Sellas (E.547) was commissioned by Oxford Graduate Lutenist/Scholar Richard MacKenzie, click here to hear a Corrente by Kapsberger on this instrument (now a folding theorbo) and you can buy his album, recorded on a Hans Frei (made 2004):Richard's site and second cd 'The Parisian Delight' has now been produced, also see him with Adrian Horsewood and Catherine Groom aka Mascherata click! Also on Renaissance Fm click!.

For the more advanced player is a range of instruments based on extant instruments All woods are from specialist UK suppliers, Indian Rosewood is bought in the UK. Below are two 10crs lutes based on/modelled on a lute labelled ''Matheus Buchenburg  Roma'' a left-handed one was made for an American customer with boxwood dyed black rib spacers instead of ebony and a Bog Oak fingerboard, eco and Lacey Act friendly.

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Lute music is written in tab format, similar to guitar tab! A lot can be found here: check out the links page. PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE THE CASE . If you are contemplating ordering please go to the How To Order section.