Lute Rental Program Collection

In terms of the instruments included in this rental collection, please note that the Lute Society of America neither endorses nor discriminates against any particular luthier or lute maker based on any factor other than the quality of the instruments produced.  We encourage and support the outstanding work of all!


The list below displays the instruments in the LSA Rental Collection. "Courses" means the number of pairs of strings on the instrument and "mensur" is the vibrating string length (the length of the string from the point it leaves the bridge to the point it touches the nut).  The best instrument for a beginner interested in learning to play the available written music of the late Medieval through the Renaissance periods (ca. 1400 - 1600) is a 6, 7, or 8 course Renaissance lute.  Baroque lutes of 11-14 courses are built larger and are designed and tuned in d-minor to play the Baroque repertoire (ca 1600 - 1750).  They are not appropriate for playing lute music written before the Baroque period.  The Renaissance lutes in this collection are tuned to g' (unless otherwise noted for a particular instrument) and at a pitch standard of A = 440 Hertz (modern concert pitch).  The Baroque lutes in this collection are tuned to d minor and at a pitch standard of A = 415 Hertz (a pitch that is often called the "Baroque pitch" but is really a compromise between a variety of "Baroque" pitches that ranged between 392 and 465 depending on where one was in Europe in the Baroque era, what instruments were being played, the mood desired, etc.)  The rental rate for all instruments (exceptions noted below) is $55 a month.  See the Rental Agreement for more details.  All instruments are valued at, and must be insured for between $1,000 and $5,000, unless otherwise stated. 


NOTICE TO THOSE DESIRING TO RENT A LUTE

There has been a dramatic increase in interest in lute rentals since the beginning of the pandemic, and we anticipate that once we've processed our current backlog of applications, there will be a shortage of Renaissance lutes, in addition to the current waitlists for theorbos and 13-course Baroque lutes.  If you would like to rent an instrument, or join a waitlist for one, please fill out our Lute Rental Application Form, and somebody will get back to you as soon as possible about availability!  Please check this page for any necessary updates. Thank you for your patience!  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, and we look forward to helping you soon! 

Inventory #

Photo
(Click on each to enlarge)

Instrument Description

Availability
Last updated Aug 16, 2020


1


13-course Baroque lute tuned to d minor (A=415)
Mensur 71 cm
Made by Lyn Elder, 1991
Donated by Jim Washburn


Rented


2



8-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 59 cm
Made by Larry K. Brown, 1990
Donated by Jim Washburn


Available



3



6-course Vihuela
Mensur 59.7
Made by Lyn Elder


Unavailable


4



8-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 61 cm
Made by Lyn Elder, 1975
Donated by Charles Perrier in memory of Angene Feves


Rented


5



8-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 60 cm
Made by Aria

See and hear this lute being played: https://youtu.be/Ef8MCPkyuvY


Rented


6



8-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 60 cm
Made by Robert Meadow, 1979
Donated by Edward "Ned" Mast


Rented


7


7-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 59 cm
Made by Dan Larson, 2012

See and hear this lute being  played: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0bUm3JgkXA


Rented


8


6-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 62 cm
Made by Larry K. Brown, 1999

See and hear this lute being played: https://youtu.be/rCf1nF1F0VI


Unavailable


9



7-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g' (A=415)
Mensur 63 cm
Made by Donald Warnock, 1960
Donated by Susan Sandman


Available


10



8-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 59 cm
Made by Richard Fletcher, 1982
Donated by Deborah Bloomberg


Rented


11



8-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g' (A=415)
Mensur 63 cm
Made by Harold Snyder, 1978
Donated by Deborah Bloomberg

See and hear this lute being played: https://youtu.be/DKowq7kuexo


Rented


12



7-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 59 cm
Made in Dan Larson & David van Edwards' 2014 workshop
Donated by Dan Larson, 2014



Rented


13



7-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 58 cm
Made by Colin Everett, 1985
Donated by Steve Ramey

AVAILABLE FOR RENT IN CANADA ONLY


Rented


14



7-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 59 cm
Made by Paul Klemm, 2010

See and hear this lute being played: https://youtu.be/HOeOyW5ZkE8


Rented


15


8-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 62 cm
Made by EMS
Donated by Joe Mayes

See and hear this lute being played: https://youtu.be/kV1N1-bQHP4


Unavailable


16



8-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 59 cm
Made by Haldon Chase, 1970
Donated by Steve Ramey


Unavailable



17



10-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g' (A=415)
Mensur 62.5 cm
Made by Enrico Piretti, 1958
D
onated by Annette Mathey

See and hear this lute being played: https://youtu.be/mzaOSVK2ls4


Available


18



8-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 60.5 cm
Made by EMS, 2008

AVAILABLE FOR RENT IN CANADA ONLY


Rented


19



7-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 60 cm
Made by David Fitzpatrick, 2011
Donated by Edward "Ned" Mast


Rented


20




COMING SOON






21



10-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 62 cm
Made by Raymond Passauro, 1969
Donated by William Hooper


Rented


22



7-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g' (A=415)
Mensur 64 cm
Made by Mark Butler, 1982
Donated by Greg Silverman


Available


23



11-course Baroque lute tuned to D minor (A=415)
Mensur 66 cm
Made by Luciano Faria, 2002
Donated by Greg Silverman


Available


24



5-course Baroque guitar tuned to e'
Mensur 63.8 cm
Made by Dan Larson, 2007
Donated by Robert Margo


Rented


25



8-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 58.6 cm
Made by James North, 1996
Donated by Suzanne Schwartz in memory of Robert Crim

AVAILABLE FOR RENT IN CANADA ONLY


Available


26



8-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g' (A=415)
Mensur 62.25 cm
Made by Arthur Middleton, 1975
Donated by Suzanne Schwartz in memory of Robert Crim


Rented


27



14-course Archlute
Standard g' tuning through c 6 then F, E, D, C, B, A, G, F. 
Mensur 56.8 / 84.5 cm
Made by Mel Wong, 1994
Donated by Suzanne Schwartz in memory of Robert Crim


Available


28



8-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 59 cm
Made by Le Luth Doré, 2015 (Beginner Model)
Donated by Suzanne Schwartz in memory of Robert Crim


Rented


29



8-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 59 cm
Made by Le Luth Doré 2015 (Advanced Model)
Donated by Suzanne Schwartz in memory of Robert Crim


Rented


30



13-course Baroque lute tuned to d minor (A=415)
Mensur 69 cm
Made by Le Luth Doré 2016 (Advanced Model)
Donated by Suzanne Schwartz in memory of Robert Crim


Rented


31



8-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 66 cm
Made by Larry K. Brown, 1988
Donated by Mary Lou O'Brien in memory of Pat O'Brien


Unavailable


32



6-course Renaissance alto lute tuned to a'
Mensur 54.3 cm
Made by Larry K. Brown, 1982
Donated by Mary Lou O'Brien in memory of Pat O'Brien


Rented



33



6
-course Renaissance descant/soprano lute tuned to d'
Mensur 43.8 cm
Made by Larry K. Brown, 1985
Donated by Mary Lou O'Brien in memory of Pat O'Brien


Available



34



8-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 57.2 cm
Made by EMS, 2005
Donated by Mary Lou O'Brien in memory of Pat O'Brien.  


A
vailable



35



8-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 59.7 cm
Made by Jean Crepeau, 1992
Donated by William Thatcher

AVAILABLE FOR RENT IN CANADA ONLY


Available



36



7-course Renaissance descant/soprano lute tuned to g'
Mensur 49.85 cm
Made by EMS, 2014
Donated by Carol Pierce



Available



37 



13-course Baroque lute tuned to d minor (A=415)
Mensur  71 / 99.4 cm
Made in Dan Larson & David van Edwards' 2014 workshop
Donated by Dan Larson, 2016

Click here to hear this lute being played by Ed Martin.

This instrument is valued between $5,000 and $10,000.  Because of the high value of this instrument, the security deposit and monthly rent will be higher than for other instruments in this collection.


Rented


38



11-course Baroque lute tuned to d minor (A=415)
Mensur 67 cm
Made in 1957 by unknown Parisian luthier
Donated by Meredith Connie, 2016


Available


39




7-course Renaissance alto lute tuned to a'
Mensur 51.75 cm
Made by Dan Larson, 2006
Donated by Dr. Susan Wright


Available


40



6-course Vihuela tuned to g'
Mensur 60 cm
Made and donated by Joe Mayes, 2016


Available


41





14-course archlute tuned to g'
Mensur 65 / 140  cm
Made by Barber and Harris, 2016
Donated by Jean Toombs in memory of Stephen Toombs. 

See and hear this lute being played: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QurabGJRZw

This instrument is valued between $5,000 and $10,000.  Because of the high value of this instrument, the security deposit and monthly rent will be higher than for other instruments in this collection.


Available




42


8-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 59 cm
Made by Larry K. Brown, 1992
Donated by Stephen Morris



Rented


43


4-course Renaissance guitar
Mensur 50 cm
Attributed to Larry K. Brown, 1990
Donated by Elise Stiles


Availabl
e


44



8-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 60cm
Made by Thomas Neitzert (1984)
Donated by Elise Stiles


Unavailable


45







8-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 59 cm
Made by Larry K. Brown, 1992
Donated by Jason Priset



Rented


46



7-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g' (A=415)
Mensur 62.5 cm
Made by
Andreas Holst, Munich, 2001
Donated by Travis Carey

AVAILABLE FOR RENT IN CANADA ONLY


Rented


47



6-course Vihuela tuned to g'
Mensur 62.9
Made by Clive Titmuss
Donated by Richard Fox


Available


48



13-course Baroque lute tuned to d minor (A=415)
Mensur 69 cm
Made and donated by Le Luth Doré 2018



Unavailable


49



14-course theorbo tuned to a
Mensur 79/166 cm
Made by Richard Fletcher, 2012
Donated by Jean Toombs in memory of Stephen Toombs

This instrument is valued between $5,000 and $10,000.  Because of the high value of this instrument, the security deposit and monthly rent will be higher than for other instruments in this collection.


Rented


50



13-course Baroque lute tuned to d minor (A=415)
Mensur 72.5 cm
Made by Barber & Harris, 2006
Donated by Jean Toombs in memory of Stephen Toombs

This instrument is valued between $5,000 and $10,000.  Because of the high value of this instrument, the security deposit and monthly rent will be higher than for other instruments in this collection.


Rented


51


5-course Baroque guitar tuned to e'
Mensur 66.7 cm
Made by Christopher Doddridge, 1996
Donated by Jean Toombs in memory of Stephen Toombs
 


Rented



52



14-course theorbo tuned to a
Mensur 76/121 cm
Made by Christopher Doddridge, 1995
Donated by Jean Toombs in memory of Stephen Toombs

This instrument is valued between $5,000 and $10,000.  Because of the high value of this instrument, the security deposit and monthly rent will be higher than for other instruments in this collection.


Rented


53



8-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 59.7 cm
Made by David Fitzpatrick, 2005
Donated by Edward "Ned" Mast


Unavailable


54



11-course Baroque lute tuned to d minor (A=415)
Mensur  72.70 cm
Made by Michael Schreiner, 1993
Donated by Etsuko Jennings


Rented


55



7-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to f'
Mensur 66.7 cm
Made by Richard Fletcher, 1986
Donated by Robert Sigler


Available


56



6-course Vihuela tuned to g'
Mensur 59 cm
Made by John Rollins, 1990
Donated by Robert Sigler


Unavailable


57




Unavailable




58




COMING SOON



59




COMING SOON



60





10-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 59.5 cm
Made by Herb Hendrickson, 1984
Donated by Diane Kravif


Available


61

 


8-course Renaissance tenor lute tuned to g'
Mensur 61.5 cm
Made by Ian Harwood
Donated by Albert Folop


Unavailable

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