JM Instruments is based in Hilton Derbyshire, you can call 01283734388 or email: In addition to the many instruments offered here you can see most of the instruments in one go at Pininterest .

Greenwich Early Music Exhibition saw Richard Mackenzie playing the new 7crs Student Mandora in a programme called Aristocratic Discourses Click here! featuring unheard repertoire! Also K'antu Ensemble performed on the unique Bog Oak lute they won from the EMT magazine competition and a 7crs Student lute Click!.

JM Instruments makes a wide variety of lutes fine hand-crafted UK made instruments starting from £884 to buy, or hire older stock lutes at £32 per month. Lutes to order are based on extant instruments in museums and collections. You can customise your instrument with decorative extras, even have a power jack attached for an Electric lute!.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 want to play more specific periods/rare lute music there is the Student Mandora/Gallichon.

Please enjoy Rod Blocksidge's performances a 7 crs Mandora based on Frei Click! Rod was the first to order the Mandora. Mr Blocksidge is a well established musician specialising in transitional tunings, having 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! . You can also hear a left-handed 13crs lute, student model, played by Nir Bar Zvi in Isreal, thanks Nir! click!

Customers in the USA can get a fingerboard in Bogwood and rib spacers in dyed boxwood, no problems with/when you fill out the Lacey Act form!.

Current stock to hire is a theorbo (Uk only) after Sellas (MIM 255) and one 5crs Medieval, and a Student Mandora/Gallichon. Sorry but the 6crs 'Childrens Lute' as seen on the Stock page is now sold.

New products are: a 7crs Student mandora based on the Frei C34, Student Quito Vihuela and a Student 12crs.

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!

Hear the Student Chitarrone based on Magno Tieffenbrucker played by Alex McCartney at Veterum Musica

If you are a beginner the popular choice is the 7crs Student lute based on Hans Frei check out the student lutes section.

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.

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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.