Welcome to JM Instruments! As featured in Arts,Antiques and Pastimes supplement with the Mail on Sunday (Carlton region only) in the February edition by Calibre Insights. JM Instruments makes affordable lutes based on extant lutes in museums and collections. You can customise your instrument with decorative extras, even make it Electric! as can be seen on a Swan-neck German theorbo-lute based on Leopold Widhalm (See the baroque lutes).
The savings made with the 'student range' could be spent on lessons with a lute or guitar teacher or facsimiles of manuscripts found in historic houses.
Fine, slow growing seasoned woods from Europe are used including Bog oak from East Anglia which is 7000 years old as an ecological alternative to using Ebony on fingerboards.
A student romantic guitar is the latest creation made for Jamie Akers (January 2014) based on a Terz in the Edinburgh Macaulay, collection (No. 298), hear it played by the maker on the 'jamarriage' channel on YouTube to give a taste 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 lutes for sale include; a 13crs Hans Frei with bass rider, gut strung & DE by Aquilla with some new loaded nylgut, currently on hire, a theorbo after Sellas (MIM 255) also currently on hire, and one 5crs Medieval lute to hire or buy. Sorry but the 6crs 'Childrens Lute' as seen on the Stock page is now sold.New products will be: a mandora based on the Frei C34 for customers interested in the last popular development of the lute after the baroque.
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): http://magnatune.com/artists/albums/rmackenzie-bianchini/ also see him with Adrian Horsewood and Catherine Groom aka Mascherata click!
The Student Chitarrone for continuo based on Magno Tieffenbrucker can be seen and heard played by Alex McCartney at Veterum Musica and after you can view details on this instrument in the Chitarroni menu in the instruments page. This large student theorbo has 17 ribs of Indian Rosewood instead of 51 which helps to reduce construction time considerably. The rose is tho original and the soundboard has a protective ebony edging, as does the extended neck.
If you are a beginner but want to customise your instrument, the popular choice is the Student lute based on Hans Frei at £1,167. For admirers of Baroque music, a fine 11-course Baroque Lute can be ordered for £1316. The student lute range aims to keep the cost down without compromising quality, just 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 as bedposts from India, from government owned forests selling rosewood at public auctions. 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 a soundboard edging in boxwood dyed black instead of ebony. The spacers between the ribs are also boxwood dyed black, so no ebony has been used but looks the same as a lute made with an ebony fingerboard and soundboard edging.
There is a vast resource of lute music on the web that beginners may not be aware of. The music is written in tab. Once you have become accustomed to the tablature you will soon find you can play elaborate pieces! A lot can be found via here: check out the links page. Prices are reviewed in January/February, PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE THE CASE . If you are contemplating ordering please go to the How To Order section.