13 Course Lute after Thomas Edlinger
This is my latest version of this lute. This time it has been made as a 14 course instrument to play all the music of Bach, the fingerboard has an added decorative inlay of engraved holly and snakewood based on the Goldt German baroque lute.
77.5cm & 82cm, 13 courses; after Thomas Edlinger c.1715 (Leipzig No.497) 11 ribs; the original is in ebony with ivory strips between, ebony veneered neck with three wavy ivory stripes up the centre, pierced ivory back to the pegbox, there is a treble rider for the chanterelle and an ebony bass rider carries the two lower courses.
But that one has been rather cruelly cut down and has a new modern soundboard so I chose this larger one to copy which was almost certainly made for his second wife Anna Maria Wilhelmine. She was by all accounts an exceptional lutenist and, as Prince Lobkowitz had a long and close friendship with Sylvius Leopold Weiss, we may indeed feel safe to say that this instrument is perfect for that Weiss music which needs a bass rider lute rather than the longer so called swan-neck German baroque lute.
For modern tastes this is rather a long string length but its impeccable pedigree shows clearly that these larger lutes were entirely right for the period. Even the most difficult chord shapes in Bach seem in practice to be entirely feasible, so probably we have been rather too scared of these authentically large sizes in the recent past. The same applies equally to the large swan-neck lute by J H Goldt ( 36 )
Top course f' at A=415Hz.
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