Some recent reviews and feedback of new renaissance lutes and repair/refurbishments.
A 7 course lute in marcassar ebony for professional guitarist and educator Colin Speight:
“Hi Luke, just to let you know that I am in love with this Lute, it is resonant and loud without being too brash, I find it very responsive and can coax a sweet sound from it when needs be. I have yet to use it in an ensemble situation but will let you know when I have."
“I am delighted with the craftsmanship found in Luke's work. Having played previous lutes that Luke has made I decided to commission my own, and I am very pleased I did, he has made a lute with a clear warm sound in all registers, as well as being beautiful. I am looking forward to playing this lute for many years to come!"
Eric uploaded a video of him playing Spinacino recercare no. 9
A 6 course lute in Cherry for Christopher Jupp:
“I have already had many hours of pleasure playing through some cinquecento repertoire. I am really enjoying playing the 6c and it seems to be good for my playing too. It was commended at the Scottish Lute Society meeting here on Saturday (including by Rob Mackillop who played it) and also by Yashuhiro who spent several hours on it in the evening."
Repair and refurbishment of an 8c lute:
“I recently had the good fortune to have Luke Emmet of "Orlando Lutes" work on a lack lustre entry level lute I had purchased from another provider. Luke performed his modifications and the tone improved greatly. To be honest, initially I didn't know what to expect but the results far exceeded my expectations. Now I'm really enjoying my lute. Moreover, Luke was a pleasure to deal with - everything was made clear and always straightforward and friendly. I highly recommend his services."
“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."
“Sensitive to the touch with a warm and full sound, I cannot recommend highly enough the instruments made by Luke Emmet at Orlando Lutes. These quality instruments will impress professionals and amateurs alike."
8 course lute for Ray Wainright:
Sorry not to get back to you earlier but I have been too busy enjoying myself playing your lute! I am delighted with it - so thank you very much for your superb craftsmanship.
“Having spent some time with the 6 course lute now, I think it is brilliant.".
8 course lute for Ray Woods, a qualified Guitar, Mandolin and Banjo Teacher with over thirty years experience who lives in Norfolk.
“Hi Luke, The lute arrived safely and I am delighted with it. I am so surprised at how light it is and how the tone projects so well and clear. I know I will enjoy playing and admiring your lovely workmanship for years to come. Many Thanks Ray"
7 course lute for Boudewijn Maas
The lute has arrived safely, and sooner then expected. It is even more beautiful in real life! I'm very excited to start playing it so I'm going to start my lute lessons very soon. Thank you very much for doing such a outstanding job in making the lute! Greeting, Boudewijn"
7 course Lute for Peter Collins
“The lute arrived yesterday afternoon in perfect condition. What a beautiful thing it is - both to look at and listen to. The tone is wonderful. I have played it until my fingers are sore! Many thanks for crafting this instrument - I'm sure that it must be immensely satisfying work - and playing on it will bring tremendous joy to me. I hope to be playing your lute for years to come."