Finding Your Lute
Option 1: Have one made for you
Australian expatriate luthier, Stephen Murphy, based in France. If you can afford the very best, you will love the unique sound world of lutes made by
Charles' first experiences with working wood came via his father, a traditional German carpenter who brought his hand tools and knowledge to Australia in the middle of last century. After more than thirty years making (and playing) lutes, hurdy-gurdies and steel-pan drums, Charles' lutes are to my knowledge the best being made on the Australian mainland at the moment.
Option 2: Get a second-hand lute
THE EARLY MUSIC SHOP LUTES
And they even work!
Hobbists and amateurs (in the original sense of the word) are the lifeblood of any art or craft - and you have to start somewhere!
PUBLIC LUTE MESSAGE BOARD
Australian Lute Forum
Toro makes both ram gut and ox gut strings.
Copiously illustrated with hundreds of photographs of museum instruments of every kind, this book explores the entire family of plucked instruments from ancient times to the present day, including the very latest research and discoveries (for example, the Chitarra Italiana). An eye-opener in more ways than one! A must-have.
The ultimate book about lutes and their kin:
The Lute In Europe II*The* definitive sourcebook on the organology of all plucked fretted instruments in Europe, by Andreas Schlegel and Joachim Lüdtke
This book is full of exquisite photographs from the world's best instrument collections, and contains the very latest research on the entire family tree of lutes, guitars, citterns, and their relatives - as well as a poster diagram of the whole family.
My Live Renaissance/Baroque Multimedia specially crafted project for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy.
Ancient Music Societies & Associations
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