|The Instrument Workshop|
My reputation as a luthier continues to grow. Commissions are coming in regularly from conservatoires, professional performers, students, re-enactors, and other early music obsessives all over the world. But don't worry. If you fancy one of the lovely beasties below, my waiting list is still measured in months rather than years.
My reconstructions are based on the best evidence currently available. For many of the sixteenth century and later instruments, there are surviving examples in European museums which can be studied, and there is a fair amount of documentary evidence. Earlier instruments rely on rare survivials, illustrations, odd treatises and the constructional experience gained from work on later models.
I occasionally review my prices, mainly to allow for inflation. If you've already ordered an instrument, and you notice the price has gone up - don't worry. You'll get your new toy at the old price.
To order, enquire, or if you're after something that's not listed, please contact me. I'll give you a quote on most stringy things except runner beans.
|Hurdy-gurdy - "Royal College" model|
(Yes, it's blue. Very blue.)
|Medieval Psaltery, 3 octave pigsnout|
|Medieval Psaltery, "Cantigas" model|
|Medieval Lap Harp|
I'm gradually giving each instrument its own page, and uploading more pictures and information, but the process isn't quite complete. The following instruments still have just a picture and a price. Apologies for the current inconsistent format.
|Gothic Harp, 25 strings, after Memling||£700|
|Medieval Dulcimer, 2 octaves triple-strung||£350|
|Great big 14th century Italian psaltery with attitude, 1 octave, triple strung||£350|
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