Build your own Baroque Lute!
I have created a Virtual Summer School in CD-ROM form, for anyone who would like to make their own 13 course baroque lute based on the J C Hoffman lute of 1730.
Now with an added section showing you how to produce the revolutionary new lightweight case I have developed.
Conclusion of review in Classical Guitar, Nov 2003. Click here to read the whole review.
This is a suitable instrument for playing the music of J S Bach and S L Weiss and will, I hope, be of interest to guitarists who would like to try their hand at lute music but are put off by the cost of acquiring their own instrument, as well as renaissance lutenists looking to explore the baroque repertoire.
The lute should take about a year to complete on the basis of spending about 3 hours a week on it. Ive had over 20 years experience in teaching amateurs and fellow professionals to make lutes and other instruments and I believe it is an entirely possible undertaking, even for those with little woodworking experience. However it will require a certain level of commitment and determination.
This is a completely revised and enlarged version of the successful course which took place on the internet from April 1999 to April 2000.
If you read German there is a very nice full review of the course written by Hajo Dezelski published in the German guitar magazine, Gitarre Aktuell.
The CD is compatible with Mac and PC systems and is read by your own internet browser of any sort, Safari, Firefox, Opera Netscape or Internet Explorer etc.. It requires no internet access to complete the course, although there are live links to the web for further reading.
Participants are encouraged to send pictures of their progress or their difficulties to be posted on the website, and to collaborate with each other via an email correspondence list
The costs of the materials and the few tools required will vary from country to country and according to their quality; but as a guide, I would estimate a total cost of about £130 for materials if you turn your own pegs or £200 if you buy the pegs. The material costs can easily be spread over the period of making, since you don't need anything other than the wood for the back at first.
Further details of materials and suppliers can be seen on the information pages below.
There are two different prices according to how you wish to pay!
If you wish to buy both the baroque and the renaissance courses at once, I can offer a 15% discount, which makes a total of £142.80 including post and packing world-wide and all transaction charges. Click on the button to be taken to the PayPal secure page where you can choose your currency.
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