LarryATahoe wrote:Perhaps I will wait for a theorbo from Le Luth Dore at a reasonable price point. Their lutes seem well made for the price.
What a terrible website -- takes ages to load. I lost patience. If you want to buy a lute, look at the used market and the small ads on various lute society web pages and/or contact them and ask if they have some contacts. Some Lute societies also rent or facilitate the rental of instruments. While it looks like there is slight renewal of interest in lutes again, the number of unplayed lutes out there must be pretty amazing. The catch is locating them. For 2k-3k you should be able to find a very good used instrument. Low humidity and lutes don't go together very well as the tops are extremely thin and many very flat.
If your original idea about building was to get a cheaper lute, forget it totally, just buy. You would spend 5-10 years learning how to build before you got one that would satisfy you completely and most likely more money than a new built from whoever the current best lute builder is. Hobby builders like myself will spend 5 years and S10,000+, 2,000+ hours to create a guitar that is worth $3,500. Building you own is never a "cheap" way to get a good guitar as a player. In some ways playing and making are incompatible. You only have so much time.