Arthur Robb
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Musical Instruments for Sale

These instruments are available now! If you would like to play any of them please contact me for an appointment. Instruments with rosewood may require a CITIES export certificate if shipped outside the EU. All the instruments here would be granted the certificate.



1826 Panormo 1826 Panormo

Recently restored in my workshop, this is a lovely example of a Panormo Fecit with ivory frets.

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The restoration was completed in December 2017. New high quality Rubner tuning machines are fitted as the originals were beyond repair. Strung with Aquila Alabastro (Nylgut) strings, the tone is full full and vibrant. The 191 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


1838 Louis Panormo £4000

1838 Panormo 1838 Panormo

A 179 year old Louis Panormo guitar recently restored in my workshop is now for sale. The price includes a good quality wooden case and the guitar can be shipped worldwide.

1838 Panormo 1838 Panormo
1838 Panormo 1838 Panormo
1838 Panormo 1838 Panormo 1838 Panormo
1838 Panormo

The guitar has been restored to playing condition. The body is slightly deeper than many and has a full rich tone. Strung with Savarez low tension White Card strings, it plays very easily. The full description of the restoration can be found at:
1838 Restoration

String length: 633 mm
Overall Length: 939mm
Width of upper bout: 231 mm
Width at waist: 178 mm
Width at lower bout: 289 mm
Height at upper bout: 95 mm
Height at lower bout: 100 mm
Nut width: 46.5 mm
Distance between 12 fret and 1st string: 2.1 mm
Distance between 12 fret and 6th string: 2.2 mm
Weight: 1.25 k


by Henry Holmes

10 course lute 10 course lute
10 course lute 10 course lute
10 course lute

A 10 course lute by Henry Holmes of Sheffield tuned to f sharp and strung with Kürschner strings. It has 11 beautiful ribs and the neck is veneered with the same wood. Though it predates much of the authenticity learned in the 70's, it is still a very serviceable lute. The first owner was Anthony Bailes.

Price of £900 includes a sturdy (and heavy) wooden case. It can be shipped worldwide.

String length, courses 1 to 7: 620mm, course 8 755mm, course 9 795mm, course 10 834mm
Overall Length: 980mm
Width of body: 323mm
Nut width, courses 1 to 7: 57mm
Bridge string spacing: 110mm
Distance between 8th fret and 1st string; 3.3mm
Distance between 8 fret and seventh string; 3.4mm
Weight: 0.94kg
Weight of case: 8kg



8 course lute 8 course lute

A 2013 8 course Renaissance lute, never owned, 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).

8 course lute 8 course lute 8 course lute
8 course lute 8 course lute 8 course lute

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.

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



An eight course lute in g fitted with amplification.

Test Lute Test Lute

The body is made of 11 maple ribs, the fingerboard is ebony, and pegs are plum.

I built this lute, my second, while attending a class run by Charles Ford in 1976. The plan reflected lute building practices of the late 70's and I never attempted to sell it. When Lynda Sayce asked me to make an amplified lute for her, this lute was used to test equipment.

Test Lute Test Lute

I removed the soundboard, re-barred it and created an access hatch while the instrument was open. In the end this test lute played so well, both acoustically and with amplification, that I decided to offer it for sale.

Mounted inside this lute is a high quality lapel microphone, the DPA 4061. Small and powerful, it amplifies sound very accurately and is widely used on stage and television to amplify instruments and voice. The lute looks and plays like an ordinary lute as the added equipment weighs very little. Access for fitting the microphone and pre-amplifier is through the hatch cut in the body.

Test Lute Test Lute Test Lute

Showing the hatch cover in place, the hatch cover removed showing the pre-amp attached and the microphone held by a special DPA clip.

Test Lute Test Lute

I used a modern 8 course string spacing. Although the strings do do fill the entire fretboard, the lute plays well.

The DPA 4061 requires 'phantom voltage', electricity supplied to the microphone to make it work. Some amplifiers, mixing desks and pre-amps supply phantom voltage, while others do not. Included in the fibre case is a mains powered device that will supply phantom voltage if needed.

The full description of this lute and its role as a test lute can be found on this website at:
Lute Amplification

Full details of the DPA 4061 are at:
DPA 4061

Price of £900 includes a fibre case.

String length: 625mm
Overall Length: 780mm
Width of body: 320mm
String Spacing at Nut: 56.5mm
Bridge string spacing: 83mm
Distance between 8th fret and 1st string; 3.0mm
Distance between 8 fret and lowest string; 3.3 mm
Weight: 0.745 kg


Already sold from this page

2011 Renaissance Guitar by Philippe Refig - in Cirencester
1974 Lute from the David Rubio workshop - in Japan
2004 Small Steel String Guitar by Arthur Robb - in Wiltshire
1960 Hofner Club 50 - in Edinburgh
1978 John Gorrett 10 Course Lute - in Japan
1849 Louis Panormo - in California
Early 19th century guitar by an unknown maker - in Austria
2005 10 Course Lute by Arthur Robb - in Washington, D.C.
1980 7 Course Lute by Robert Shreiner - in Norway
1978 10 course Lute by Fleeson- in Stroud, Glos.
1998 8 course Lute by myself - in Kiel
1829 Louis Panormo - in Madrid
Late 18th century Longman & Broderip English guittar - in Norway
1989 Linklater 7 course lute - in Birmingham
1973 Eight Course lute by Michael Sprake - in Denmark
1827 Louis Panormo Fecit - in Wittenberg, Germany
17 inch Apple iMac late 2006 - in Exeter
Imperial Boosey and Hawkes flugalhorn - in New South Wales
Rose Morris trombone - in Swindon, Wiltshire
Brian Knowles Lute - in Belgium
1996 Refig 7 course lute - in Montreal, Canada
1836 Louis Panormo - in Glastonbury
1849 Louis Panormo guitar - in Northumberland
Henry Holmes 1969 10 course lute - in Southampton
Carson Crickmore 00 acoustic guitar - in Cornwall
1833 Louis Panormo guitar - in Denmark
2000 Arthur Robb 10 course lute - in Denmark
Charles Ford Renaissance Lute - in Japan
Aria Maestro Guitar - in south Wiltshire
Persian Santur - in Lisbon
Baroque Lute - in Japan
Five String Banjo - in the north of England
Inexpensive Violin and Case - in south Gloucestershire