minstrel: byzantine lutes

nickolas kaugon ollaimh at yahoo.com
Mon Nov 17 13:01:51 PST 2008

if anyone is looking for a byzintine lute they are  quuite cheap in turkey and greece, if they are turkish made. thse have frets unlike ouds and i saw a couple of second hand ones in the monastraki music srore in athens of 150 euros, they weren't great but with restringing and a little care they were much better than say early music instruments from pakistan and even some older english lutes i have played. if anyone is interested i'll try andd find the phone number of the monastraki music store. the owner was a nice guy and i think he would ship to north america reliably. i have heard of some people having trouble with mail purchases from turkey but if they are selling on line they would likely worry about return business.


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