On this page is a short listing of
current models of
the chitarrone or theorbo. Click on the links to see pictures and descriptions.
The terms chitarrone and theorbo refer to the same lute
large bodied instruments with long top necks, long string lengths, and
tuned in a high pitch, around at A440, with re-entrant tuning.
However, it is convenient now to reserve the term 'chitarrone' for just the Italian
instrument, and to use ‘theorbo’ for all others of this type.
For a further analysis by Robert Spencer go to
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