Thank you for the suggestion. I registered on that forum, but it will apparently take some time before I can post a message there. The lute scene is not very big in this part of Finland, so I'll have to rely on forums to find information.Scot Tremblay wrote:Although there are some lute folks here, you would probably get a better idea of the lutes present value and find someone near you to repair it, should you chose to go that route, where most of the lute types hang out. You have to join but it's free and well worth the effort if you are interested in lutes and lute music.
Yes, I used the email address found on that page. But who knows, maybe they are on vacation?Scot Tremblay wrote:I'm also surprised the makers haven't contacted you back, they are usually very good about returning emails and so on. I assume you tried to contact them here:
A fire in the workshop on Sunday 15th June 2014 severely disrupted our schedules, and we have perforce had to put off working on any of the current 'on spec' instruments until later this year, because we have lost an enormous amount of working time making-good, renovating and clearing-up the mess left by the ash, soot and fire extinguisher chemicals, which coated pretty well every surface, causing corrosion to metals and other extensive surface damage; it was well into October before we were anything like up and running again.
We apologise for the website not having been properly updated regularly during 2014, due to factors beyond our control, the devastating workshop fire, and sheer pressure of work.
Thanks for pointing that out! So I guess I shouldn't go on expecting a response. I've now posted my message on the suggested forum (thanks again). I also found someone selling a very similar lute by the same maker in OK condition for 1500 euros, so that might give me some indication as to the price.pogmoor wrote:I think the following notice on the website may go some way to explaining the lack of response:A fire in the workshop on Sunday 15th June 2014 severely disrupted our schedules[...]