JM Instruments makes affordable custom made and stock lutes based in Hilton, Derbyshire (DE65 5AE), based on surviving instruments in museums. Current lutes and guitars in stock and to order are an affordable yet hand crafted alternative to the cheaper or 'factory' made instruments. Hiring a lute is £35 per month.

Below shows the popular student folding theorbo, based on Sellas (Paris E.547),with it's invisible folding mechanism designed in 2013, ordered and played by Richard Mackenzie, listen and buy his CD's via here,. The second instrument shown below is a 10/11 crs lute based on Hans Frei (Vienna KHM C34) ordered by Alex McCartney, listen to it here. A popular model is the 10crs based on Hans Burkholtzer (KHM NE48) here shown with yew multi ribs listen to it here. If you don't want to wait current lutes in stock are listed here.

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See the latest lutes to buy/hire the gallery of custom-made lutes and original lutes in museums can be seen here. Affordable and specialist instruments encourage a broader exploration of the lute family's music, such as the electric 19th century mandora! as featured in the Lute Society News. The first Electric lute was made in 2010( hear a recent recording of Bach on the lute). In 2013 the student Romantic Terz guitar, was made, hear it (played better) by Jamie Akers on his Romantic Guitar CD here, track 5&6. The Eco-friendly 7000 year old bog oak lute (the eco-alternative to ebony), was won & played by The K'antu Ensemble. In 2014 the student Mandora/Gallichon was created. 2015 saw the 7crs Student lute-guitar created, with it's light lute construction in guitar tuning in e (a=440Hz), 65cm string length. In 2015 was the year of the Quito Marianita Student Quito Vihuela. Next year saw the Student 16&17crs Angelique/13crs Baroque lute, 3 in 1, for the rare Angelique repetoire and the 13crs repertoire in 2016. 2019 brings the student 6 course Spanish guitar here Tel: 01283734388. Sorry but the 6crs 'Childrens Lute' as seen on the stock page is now sold. The case is not included in the prices quoted on here.