Arthur Robb
Luthier
art@art-robb.co.uk
0044 (0)1666-822945
07984-892570

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS FOR SALE
New Lutes
Restored Louis Panormo Guitars

These instruments are available now! At the moment, I am able to ship instruments to any location in the UK for a reasonable fee. Packing charges are waived for the present time. I may also be able to ship instruments outside the UK as well. Please ask.

If shipped outside the EU, a CITIES export certificate will be required on all instruments (except for the 2019 7 course lute). All the instruments here would be granted the certificate. These regulations may change.

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2019 7 COURSE LUTE
BY ARTHUR ROBB
£2750

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A new 7 course Renaissance lute, with a string length of 600mm. It is tuned to g and is strung with Aquila Nylgut strings. The 13 rib body is Wiltshire cherry, the fingerboard is Wiltshire laburnum, the neck, English beech, the bridge Swiss pear and the pegs Gloucestershire plum. The soundboard is Swiss pine (picea abies). Because I have only used local and approved timbers, a CITES import/export certificate will not be needed for this lute.

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Price of £2750 includes a Kingham case and can be shipped worldwide.

Dimensions:
String lengt: 600mm
Overall Length: 690mm
Width of body: 305mm
Nut width: 58mm
Bridge string spacing:86.5mm
Distance between 8th fret and 1st string; 2.2mm
Distance between 8 fret and the 7th string; 2.3mm
Weight: 0.615g

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2013 8 COURSE LUTE
BY ARTHUR ROBB
£3000

8 course lute 8 course lute

An 8 course Renaissance lute, with a string length of 600mm. It is tuned to g and is strung with Kürschner strings. The 13 rib body is English figured sycamore, the fingerboard and soundboard edging are Indian rosewood, the neck, English cherry, the bridge Swiss pear and the pegs Gloucestershire plum. The soundboard is Swiss pine (picea abies).

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The lute plays easily with excellent tone and projection.

Price of £3000 includes a new blue Kingham (made to measure) case. It can be shipped worldwide.

Dimensions:
String lengt: 600mm
Overall Length: 683mm
Width of body: 300mm
Nut width: 65mm
Bridge string spacing: 101mm
Distance between 8th fret and 1st string; 2.5mm
Distance between 8 fret and the eighth string; 2.9mm
Weight: 0.64kg

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2018 8 COURSE AMPLIFIED LUTE
BY ARTHUR ROBB
£3500

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A 2018 8 course amplified Renaissance lute with a string length of 600mm. It is tuned to g and is strung with Kürschner strings. The 13 rib body is English cherry, the fingerboard and soundboard edging are African blackwood (CITES certified), the neck English cherry, the bridge Swiss pear and the pegs Gloucestershire plum. The soundboard is Swiss pine (picea abies).

This lute is amplified by an internal microphone. A very high quality lapel microphone, the DPA 4061 is fitted inside. Small and powerful, it amplifies sound very accurately and is widely used on stage, television and the music industry to amplify both instruments and voice. The lute looks, plays and feels like an ordinary lute as the added equipment weighs very little, about 40 grams. Access for fitting the microphone and pre-amplifier is through the hatch cut in the body and a small mini-XLR socket for the output signal.

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The lute plays easily with excellent tone and projection.

Price of £3500 includes a new Kingham (made to measure) case. It can be shipped worldwide.

Dimensions:
String lengt: 600mm
Overall Length: 683mm
Width of body: 300mm
Nut width: 65mm
Bridge string spacing: 101mm
Distance between 8th fret and 1st string; 2.3mm
Distance between 8 fret and the eighth string; 2.8mm
Weight: 0.675kg

DETAILS OF AMPLIFICATION

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The DPA 4061 microphone fitted inside the lute is a very sophisticated and tiny microphone measuring about 4x8mm. It is attached inside the lute using a holder supplied by DPA. The microphone is connected a DPA electric circuit board which is attached inside the hatch. Everything is accessible for servicing.

The microphone and circuit board require a small amount of electricity to work. This is know as the 'Phantom Power'. Some mixing desks and pre-amps provide this. It can also come from small electric devices found on the internet. The socket on the lute is 'mini-XLR' which will probably need to be connected to an amplifier that uses an XLR input. Thus the lead required has mini-XLR at one end an XLR at the other. The lute comes with one of these leads.

For information about DPA microphones see: DPA Miniature Microphones

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184? LOUIS PANORMO
£2650

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A true lockdown project, the restoration was finished in June 2020. The guitar has seen many repairs before the current work and shows signs of a hard life. The date on the label can not be read. It could never be a museum specimen or a collectors guitar.

Now that the guitar has been fully restored, it is structurally sound and plays extremely well. This is a chance to own an authentic Louis Panormo guitar at a very reasonable price.

Damage to the soundboard and an unusual repair to the machine heads are noticeable.

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The soundboard shows many old splits. All are now carefully reinforced from underneath. Harder to show in photographs are the deformed edges of the soundboard at the upper bout, also thoroughly reinforced.

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The tuning machines are incomplete with one of the six tuners cut away. I replaced that with a modern classical guitar machine which looks relatively similar, but the peg winds in the opposite direction. This tuner is for the first string, top e, and a player can learn to cope with this.

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The guitar in its hard case.

Strung with Aquila Alabastro (Nylgut) strings the tone is full and vibrant.
It can be shipped worldwide.

The full description of the restoration can be found at:
1849e Restoration

Dimensions:
String length: 637mm
Overall Length: 955mm
Width of upper bout: 227mm
Width at waist: 174mm
Width at lower bout: 285mm
Height at upper bout: 91mm
Height at lower bout: 97mm
Nut width: 44mm
Distance between 12 fret and 1st string; 3.2mm
Distance between 12 fret and 6th string; 3.3mm
Weight: 1.255kg

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1826 LOUIS PANORMO FECIT -
£4850

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Restored in my workshop, this is an excellent example of an early Panormo Fecit.

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The restoration was completed in December 2019. The frets are ivory and the machine heads that came with the guitar have been repaired and fitted.

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Strung with Aquila Alabastro (Nylgut) strings the tone is full full and vibrant.
The 194 year old guitar fits nicely in a 3/4 size acoustic guitar case and can be shipped worldwide.

The full description of the restoration can be found at:
1826 Restoration

Dimensions:
String length: 637.5mm
Overall Length: 914mm
Width of upper bout: 210mm
Width at waist: 164mm
Width at lower bout: 282mm
Height at upper bout: 77mm
Height at lower bout: 86mm
Nut width: 46.5mm
Distance between 12 fret and 1st string; 3.4mm
Distance between 12 fret and 6th string; 3.3mm
Weight: 0.95kg

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1831 LOUIS PANORMO FECIT
£5500

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A beautiful Panormo Fecit in extraordinarily good condition and its coffin were case restored in my workshop in February 2020.

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Some detailed photos.

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The guitar's coffin case.

Dimensions:
String length: 635mm
Overall Length: 933mm
Width of upper bout: 210mm
Width at waist: 163mm
Width at lower bout: 287mm
Height at upper bout: 80mm
Height at lower bout: 85mm
Nut width: 45mm
Distance between 12 fret and 1st string; 3.0mm
Distance between 12 fret and 6th string; 2.5mm
Weight: 1.060.kg

The guitar is strung with Aquila Nylgut 19th century strings and sounds quite wonderful. It is 189 years old.
The full description of the restoration can be found at:
1831 Restoration

Price of £5500 includes the original wooden coffin case. It can be shipped worldwide.



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