CITTERNS

During the 16th century the cittern enjoyed a similar degree of popularity to that of the lute, especially in Italy. Its appearance and sound are entirely different from the lute, having a shallow, tear shaped soundbox and brass wire strings which, in its simplest form, were grouped in four courses. It has a re-entrant tuning, e.g. b g d' e' ~ where the lowest pitched note (g) is not in the conventional bass position. The frets are metal and fixed in position and were normally arranged diatonically. It was used solo as well as with broken consort and was usually plucked with a plectrum.
After Gasparo da Salo c.l560's. String length 44.5cm.
4 Course from £2650 click on any picture to see a further note on price
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Equal temperament or meantone fret arrangement available

After Gironimo Campi, 16th century. String length 43cm.

Instrument all carved from one solid piece.

4 Course from £2650 click on any picture to see a further note on price
Equal temperament or meantone fret arrangement available.

The above instruments are offered with sound hole decoration (rose) as standard.

Cases are available on request and prices will vary according to instrument.