It has bee usual in the renaissance period, that the music is written for a consort with different sizes of lutes. Therefore besides a Standard tenor lute a alto lute descant lute, probably a soprano lute and a bass lute was necessary. A lot of music survived. Caused by a order by Hans Michael Koch, Hannover I designed such an instrument.
As no instrument has survived I developed my own one. This instrument is based on a lute by Magno Tieffenbrucker. Originally this instrument must have been a chitarrone which is now shown as a 13 course baroque lute in Vienna in the kunsthistorisches Museum. The alteration of this instrument has been made by Thomas Edlinger in Prague. I myself made the body a little bit smaller and raised the number of ribs from 11 to 15. I use this body for my baroque theorboe too.
This lute will have the following features: