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❌SOLD❌ Schreiner Swan Neck Baroque 13-Course Theorbo Lute, 1996

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Here’s an unusual rarity – a thirteen course, Michael Schreiner Swan Neck Baroque Theorbo Lute based on a 1730 design and built during 1996 in Toronto.

The Schreiner Swan Neck Baroque Theorbo Lute perhaps presages the harp guitars that appeared in the early part of the 20th century. It combines the melodic and chordal capabilities of the Lute (or guitar) with a set of long, unfretted strings tuned to progressively lower pitches. However, the Theorbo section of this instrument is quite short compared to early models, which can be quite long – up to 180cm or 71 inches in some cases!

This Schreiner Swan Neck is patterned after designs produced in Germany during the early part of the 1700s as the Baroque period drew to a close and what we call Classic appeared on the horizon. The instrument is based on a ‘Standard’ Lute design, with Spruce top, Maple-ribbed bowl and wide neck with a lightly crowned fingerboard and tied-on gut or nylon frets. The Swan neck provides tuner sections for the Lute neck and the Theorbo strings (some more elaborate models have two head extensions).

This instrument is built to be pitched low, where A may not exceed 415Hz, well down from 440Hz.

The original ‘coffin style’ case is included with the Schriner Swan-Neck Baroque Theorbo Lute.

This is a fantastic instrument, and in good playing order. It has a full, rich sound and an very large range!

Michael Schreiner continues to build historical instruments and his progress can be followed on his website.


Price: $2,750.00 CAD
  • Model: Swan Neck Baroque 13-Course Theorbo Lute
  • Year: 1996
  • Finish Natural
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 522, built during 1996 in Toronto, Ontario
  • Country of Origin: Canada
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 03/08/2021

  • This instrument is on hold
  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 2.42Michaelbs 1.1kg
  • Scale Length: 718mm 28.26in
  • Nut Width: 80.80mm 3.181in
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