Welcome to Orlando Lutes

Luke Emmet of Orlando Lutes specialises in high quality, hand made lutes, as well as lute refurbishment and setup and repairs. As an active player as well as maker, I have a passion for making the best sounding renaissance lutes - and I focus on sound quality and playability, first and foremost. Each lute is hand made and individually voiced.

"... I was delighted and impressed by how good this instrument is in every respect: the warm, full sound is well balanced across the registers, the projection is powerful, the instrument is very comfortable to play, and the craftsmanship is remarkable. Luke is clearly at the forefront of the younger generation of lute makers, and I can recommend his instruments without a reservation." - see more reviews

Prices start from just £2100


  • Mar 2019 LuteScribe 1.1, the open source and free tabulature viewing and editing software is now released. Now 50% faster to edit tabulature and new audio playback option. Further details and download.
  • Aug 2018 - I'm exhibiting at the Utrecht Early Music exhibition 31 August to 2 September which is part of the overall festival. This year the festival includes a special partnership with the Dutch Lute society which is hosting the International Lute Event 2018. If you are at the festival, come and say hello at the stall and try out a couple of lutes which are for sale.
  • Jul 2018 - updated reviews with recent customer feedback.
  • Apr 2018 - Eric Thomas, who recently gave a talk on Francesco Spinacino at The Lute Society's event on improvising on the lute, illustrated his talk on a 6c lute I made for him. He subsequently recorded a video of one of the pieces discussed - Ricercare no. 9.

Previous news items can be seen in old news.

Recent Work and Reviews

Examples of recent work can be seen in the photo gallery, and some customers reviews.


See renaissance lutes for details of our instruments.

Our renaissance lutes represent excellent value and would be an ideal instrument for a player looking for their first high quality lute or a young professional. Particular attention is paid during construction to ensure good tone quality and the perfect setup.

Type Detail Price

6 course renaissance lute

Available in F (63cm) or G (60cm).


7 or 8 course renaissance lute

Available in F (63cm) or G (60cm).


Prices do not include shipping.

Contact details

Orlando Lutes is based in Colchester, Essex, UK.

Feel free to call up or email to have a chat about your lute needs!

Luke Emmet
tel: +44 (0)7905 075 197