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 to hire (£32 pcm) or buy starting from £884. To help you decide there're recordings of the various instruments in different forms and woods by the maker and customers. JM Instruments has also created world firsts such as Electric Baroque lute (2006), the student Romantic Terz guitar (2013), the Eco-friendly Bog oak lute and the affordable Folding Theorbo. Made for Richard MacKenzie it combines over a decade of full time lute making with a design degree. Most customers are repeat customers like Richard, usually at least owning two or three instruments, helped by the student lute range. You can see most of the instruments in one go at Pininterest .

Greenwich Early Music Exhibition saw Richard Mackenzie,an established UK based professional lutenist, playing the new 7crs Student Mandora in a programme called Aristocratic Discourses Click here! featuring unheard repertoire! Richards first jminstruments lute was a Renaissance lute which can be heard here playing John Dowlands Solus cum sola. Also K'antu Ensemble performed on the unique Bog Oak lute they won from the EMT magazine competition and a 7crs Student lute Click!.

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!

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!.Also hear another young star of the lute world Alex McCartney play the Student Chitarrone based on Magno Tieffenbrucker, and an 11crs lute based on Frei 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.