Theorbo -- Lynda Sayce with the theorbo. It has strings lengths of over 170cm and a massive 2 metre neck!
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Japanese Lute (Biwa) | Kuro urushi unryu raden biwa  黒漆雲龍螺鈿琵琶  16-17th century. The biwa is used in Gagaku and in the period of the imperial court, also was a solo instrument, as can be seen in the pictures illustrating the Tale of Genji.

Japanese Lute (Biwa) | Kuro urushi unryu raden biwa 黒漆雲龍螺鈿琵琶 16-17th century. The biwa is used in Gagaku and in the period of the imperial court, also was a solo instrument, as can be seen in the pictures illustrating the Tale of Genji.

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English cittern, circa 1600. A stringed instrument dating from the Renaissance, descended from the Medieval citole, or citole. Its flat-back design was simpler and cheaper to construct than the lute. It was also easier to play, smaller, less delicate and more portable. Played by all classes, the cittern was a premier instrument of casual music making much as is the guitar today.

English cittern, circa 1600. A stringed instrument dating from the Renaissance, descended from the Medieval citole, or citole. Its flat-back design was simpler and cheaper to construct than the lute. It was also easier to play, smaller, less delicate and more portable. Played by all classes, the cittern was a premier instrument of casual music making much as is the guitar today.

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Portrait of a Jester with a Lute  - Frans Hals  c. 1623 c.1624
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Antique Harp Lute Guitar by Barry from England 1799. Sold by Edward Light. Fernando Sor was in England when these were played.

Antique Harp Lute Guitar by Barry from England 1799. Sold by Edward Light. Fernando Sor was in England when these were played.

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