|After Rauwolf 67cm f'A440 10 frets 15
ribs Model MM
The original of this model by Sixtus Rauwolf, Augsburg is a beautiful 11c
lute in a private collection, which I, along with Michael Lowe and David Munro,
restored to playing condition in 2003. The body was made around 1590, probably
as a 7c or 8c instrument, and the lute now has a very well-proportioned Baroque
replacement neck made in 17C. It is widely considered to have an exceptionally
fine sound, and can be heard on a recording of Weiss by Jakob Lindberg on BIS cd
1524. A large part of this quality probably comes from the great age of
the lute, but I find it makes an excellent model for various other
styles. The original is made of particularly dense and resonant maple,
of light figure, and I make it with either maple or yew ribs. I use it
for 7c and 8c, and for 10c, 11c and 12c versions.
The picture shows the original instrument, restored.