Arthur Robb
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One Electric Lute
One Restored Louis Panormo Guitar
A Restored Mirecourt guitar
An Octave Mandola

These instruments are available now! Worldwide shipping is available, but delays are possible.

If shipped outside the UK, a CITIES export certificate will be required on any instruments with Brazilian rosewood. All the instruments here would be granted that certificate. These regulations may change.



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An Electric 2018 8 course Renaissance lute with a string length of 600mm. It is tuned to g and is strung with Nylgut strings. The 13 rib body is English cherry, the fingerboard and soundboard edging are African blackwood (CITES certified), the neck English cherry, the bridge Wiltshire 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 there is a small mini-XLR socket for the output signal.

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The lute plays easily with excellent tone and projection.

Price of £4000 includes a new Kingham (made to measure) case. It can be shipped worldwide.

String length: 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


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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. Phantom Power can also come from small power supply units which are available 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 and an XLR at the other. The lute comes with one of these leads.

For information about DPA microphones see: DPA Miniature Microphones



1826 Panormo 1826 Panormo

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

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


with coffin case

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The soundboard is in excellent condition. Over the years, the back and one rib have developed cracks which have been repaired and reinforced.

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The Baker machine heads work very well. It is strung with Aquila Nylgut 19th c. Normal Tension strings.
The guitar plays easily with a good tone.

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The guitar comes with its original coffin case. It can be shipped worldwide.

String length: 624mm
Overall length: 920mm
Width of upper bout: 250mm
Width at waist: 183mm
Width at lower bout:317mm
Height at upper bout: 80mm
Height at lower bout: 83mm
Nut width: 45mm
Distance between 12 fret and 1st string; 3.2mm
Distance between 12 fret and 6th string; 4.2mm
Weight: 1.050kg



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Finished in 2004, I was never quite happy with this beautiful oiled Wiltshire walnut Octave Mandola. In early 2021, as a lockdown project, it was refurbished to my satisfaction. The project included the installation of an adjustable truss rod.

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This is a big powerful octave mandola with a string length of 530mm. The top string is tuned to e, the same e as the top string on a guitar. The body neck and head are made of Wiltshire walnut and the fingerboard and inlay in the neck are Indian rosewood. The soundboard is fine quality alpine spruce (picea Abies).

The price includes a good quality Ozark banjo case which fits the instrument very well. It can be shipped worldwide.

String length: 530mm
Overall length: 837mm
Width of body: 330mm
Maximum depth of body: 84mm
Nut width: 37mm
Bridge string spacing: 40.5mm
Distance between 12th fret and 1st string; 2.0mm
Distance between 12th fret and the eighth string; 2.1mm
Weight: 1.115kg

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