|Serial Number||N/A, but built in Germany in the 1920’s.|
|Pricing||$999 CND with bag case.|
|Neck||Possibly Yew, with a scalloped rosewood fingerboard. Two pearl dots are mounted on the bass side of the neck at the 5th and 7th positions. The head has floral motif carvings.|
|Frets||Frets are inlaid into the scalloped fingerboard,|
|Body||The bound top appears to be cedar, and the ribs are curly maple. The bowl back uses the glue-and-parchment technique to obtain the concave shape that helps give strength and stability. The top has had a split and has some wear marks from playing. The rose is carved in a lyre shape with a second engraving below it.|
|Finish||Hand finished with lacquer or shellac.|
|Hardware/electronics||Original tuning gears with some replaced buttons. The bridge has been shaved somewhat, and has a wire saddle.|
|Playability/Action||This instrument plays quite well. It’s got a full, rich sound and has a good amount of volume.|
|Case||Bag case included.|
|Comments||During the 1920’s, many European countries began to look again to their cultural histories. During the 1800s, the Lute virtually disappeared as an instrument – there were very few builders, and construction methods were lost, though there was a large amount of music available. The revival in the early 20th century produced many new instruments as builders tried to re-discover techniques and adapt to more modern needs. This example combines the coursing of a guitar with the general construction of a lute. It’s in good playable shape with a good sound.|
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