After the ‘small’ Frei 66.5 cm f'A440
10 frets 11 ribs Model Z
A small and elegant lute in the characteristic long Bologna style (the
‘pearl’ mould of Thomas Mace) so much favoured by French players of the early
Baroque. It is modelled closely on the smaller of the two lutes by Hans Frei in
the Vienna Kunsthistorischesmuseum, no C34, the body of which was probably made
in the first half of the 16C. This fine, and plainly much played, instrument was
converted to 11c in the early 17C, and is close in appearance to the lute
Charles Mouton plays in the famous painting by Francois De Troy in the
Louvre. I make it of 11 ribs of maple (as the original), but it can as well be
made in ash, yew, walnut, fruit- or other woods. Plain pegbox and neck in plum
or maple, or various veneered and decorative schemes are possible. It has a
cambered fingerboard with treble rider for the chanterelle.
The picture shows the 7-course version of this lute.