The Instrument Workshop
Birmingham Conservatiore Commission

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.

 

Cantigas Gittern Medieval Gittern
13th century "Cantigas" model
5-course Hans Oth Gittern Medieval Gittern
15th century "Hans Oth" model
Medival Koboz Medieval Koboz
Renaissance Guitar Renaissance Guitar
6-course Vihuela Vihuela
7-course orpharion Orpharion
Baroque guitar Baroque guitar
Mandore Mandore
symphony Symphony
Royal College Hurdy-gurdy Hurdy-gurdy
"Royal College" model
Rutland Organistrum Rutland Organistrum
(Yes, it's blue. Very blue.)
Pigsnout Psaltery Medieval Psaltery,
3 octave pigsnout
Cantigas Psaltery Medieval Psaltery
"Cantigas" model
Soprano Rebec Soprano Rebec
17-string medieval lap harp Medieval Lap Harp
street-organ Street Organ

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 Gothic Harp, 25 strings, after Memling £700
Dulcimer Medieval Dulcimer, 2 octaves triple-strung £350
Big Psaltery Great big 14th century Italian psaltery with attitude, 1 octave, triple strung £350
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