JM Instruments is based in Hilton Derbyshire, contact on 01283734388 or email: 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. Try the Maler lute-guitar and the new 'golden' 6crs Hieber lute, as seen at the Greenwich Festival of Early Music. Also live at the festival was Richard Mackenzie on Renaissance lute and new Student Quito Vihuela, a joint project with Richard, playing early and modern lute music, from Dalza to Lindgren (hear here!). Also the current instruments to hire at just £35 ppm are:

5 crs Medieval Lute hear, a 6crs Venetian lute hear, 11crs baroque lute hear, 14 crs Theorbo hear, 7 crs Mandora/Gallichon hear, 8 crs Hieber lute hear

Newly created for 2015 is the 7crs Student lute based on Maler (MI54) 65cm string length, tuned in e' with lute intervals but can be tuned as a guitar too, no string changes just tuning up a semitone. This allows guitarists to play a light-weight authentically constructed lute, but with guitar tuning. Some guitarists are discouraged playing the lute due to tab but this allows you to play Bach on the lute but from staff notation. However, if you decide to learn tab, you can still play almost all renaissance lute music, duets with lute or voice, or tenor in ensemble, baroque mandora/gallichon and baroque guitar. Click to 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 niche repertoire 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 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). It can be strung either as a Renaissance 10crs or a Baroque 11crs lute, click 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 some can be heard 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''

TN_Buchenburg10crs-front.jpg  TN_Freiblake_incase.jpg PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE THE CASE