Forms of the Lute
Family of Renaissance Lutes

      During the latter part of the Renaissance lutes were made in various sizes.  This picture shows a treble in C, with string length 44 cm, an alto in A at 55 cm, a tenor in G at 64 cm and a small bass in E at 76 cm.  A large bass lute in D might have a string length of 80 to 90 cm.  A soprano lute in D would have a string length of around 40 cm.  Click on the picture to view a larger version.

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Last updated 25 May AD 2015 — DFH

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